Tool Kit for Small, Rural & Northern Communities

By working together we will ensure the $10aDay Child Care system becomes a reality in British Columbia.

We’d like to share information and tools for you to advocate for the $10aDay Child Care Plan in your community.

There are many ways you can raise awareness about the importance of quality affordable child care - where educators are fairly compensated, in your community.

Read through the various ways you can engage with decision-makers, friends, family and co-workers and choose the methods that work best for you.

It doesn’t take much. One phone call, one conversation, one email, one signature has an impact. No matter what you do, you can have an impact on both the public and your elected officials.

Below are 7 quick things you can do to take action - plus of course sign and share the $10aDay petition

1. Learn key facts about child care in BC

The first step is to learn a few talking points about child care, so you can share the importance of $10 a Day for BC. 

How To Support $10aDay

$10aDay FAQ Sheet

2. Follow us on social media to stay up to date

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

And don’t forget to like, comment, and share our latest social media posts. This puts our message in front of new viewers.

3. Print and display a sign in your window at home or work:

Window Sign (for small and rural communities)

4. Send an email to your Local Elected officials:

Email to School Board Trustees, Mayor and Council, Chief and Council. You can find contact information on their websites by googling the name of the community you live in.

Dear XXXX,

I am concerned about the lack of quality affordable child care (daycare) in my community. I support the $10aDay Plan as the solution to our child care crisis because it will  ensure families can access the child care programs they want, and educators are fairly paid for their important work.

Please let me know if you too support the $10aDay Child Care Plan.

For more information about the $10aday Child care Plan, see www.10aday.ca

Yours truly,
XXXX

5. Send an email to provincial MLAs responsible for child care:

Premier Horgan: [email protected]
Minister Dean: [email protected]
Minister Whiteside: [email protected]
Minister Chen: [email protected]

Dear Premier John Horgan, Minister Mitzie Dean, Minister Jennifer Whiteside, and Minister Katrina Chen:

I call on you to deliver on your child care commitments by providing public funding and infrastructure to:

  1. Bring $10aDay child care to more BC families, including in small communities like mine,
  2. Deliver school-age child care in rural schools using classrooms already designed for young learners;
  3. Implement the provincial Early Childhood Educator wage grid starting at $26 per hour, to retain ECE’s in the field and recruit new educators;
  4. Create more licensed child care programs in publicly owned facilities.

When children have access to quality affordable child care and educators are fairly compensated, parents can fully participate in the workforce, small towns can thrive and BC’s economy can recover.

Thank you for making child care a priority,

Sincerely,
XXXX

You can also find out how to contact your own local MLA here: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members

6. Phone your elected official. Use the phone script below to speak with your Member of Parliament

Find out who your Member of Parliament is and how to contact them by entering your postal code here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en

Phone script:

Hello my name is (your name) and I live in (your town/city) would like to speak with (name of your elected official) about child care.

I am calling you today to let you know how important $10aDay child care is to me (and my family / my grandchildren / my loved ones / my employees / my coworkers / my community…etc).

The pandemic has shown us that child care is essential to communities and families. And now the 2021 federal election results have shown us that child care is important to voters.

As one of your constituents I expect you to do all in your power to change that.

I am calling on you to ensure federal funds are used to:

  1. Bring $10aDay child care to more BC families, including small communities like mine,
  2. Deliver school-age child care in rural schools using classrooms already designed for young learners;
  3. Implement the provincial Early Childhood Educator wage grid starting at $26 per hour, to help retain Early Childhood Educators in the field and recruit new educators;
  4. Create more licensed child care programs in publicly owned facilities.

I need you to support building a public system of affordable, accessible, quality child care.

Thank you for your time,
XXXX

7. Become a member of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, which provides a dual membership with the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada: Child Care Now

It’s very affordable, we welcome you to become a member at www.cccabc.bc.ca/membership

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