INCREASING VULNERABILITY, INCREASING SOCIAL COSTS

  • 31% of BC children now enter Kindergarten vulnerable in at least one area of development — social, emotional, cognitive, communications or physical, an increase of 2.4% since 2008.
  • BC under-invests in early childhood compared to international norms, spending just 0.2% of GDP on early care and learning vs. the 0.7% average spending by other developed countries. Children who do not benefit from proper supports in their early years are at risk of life-long health issues (physical and mental), poor academic achievement, difficulty with employment, criminality and other hazards. There are enormous social and economic costs associated with this under- investment in BC’s young children.

Q: If elected, will your party commit to increase BC’s investments in early childhood supports and services in order to reduce rising vulnerability among young children? 

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