- The key area of early childhood care and education has suffered from public policy neglect for decades, which is creating huge repercussions on our current economy and our future productivity.
- Nearly 122,000 mothers in BC who have a child under the age of 6 are in the paid labour force.
- BC only has licensed child care spaces for about 20% of children. Families put their unborn children on wait lists for infant-toddler care and then watch their children age out of eligibility before they receive a space. School-age child care is also unaffordable and in short supply for many families.
- Child care is largely a parent-funded service and BC has among the highest child care fees in the country, eroding the take-home pay of parents more than taxes do.
- The lack of access to affordable child care is a barrier to women with children trying to leave abusive relationships.
- First Call, along with hundreds of groups and individuals around BC, has endorsed the $10 a Day Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning proposed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC.
Q: If elected, will your party implement the $10 a Day Child Care Plan to begin addressing the child care crisis facing BC families with young children?