B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark has vowed to “improve access and affordability of child care,” but will not commit to a universal child care system at $10 a day. Clark also discussed drawbacks to Quebec’s $7 a day child care, an initiative which has reduced poverty rates and has increased accessibility for parents.
Although Clark’s comments were vague on what actions will take place to ensure more accessibility and affordability for families, this is an important step for the politicians of B.C to discuss what is of importance to B.C. families.
These actions at the political level of government were the result of successful advocacy which has taken place in B.C., including the work of the Coalition of Child care Advocates of B.C. Below, an article from The Vancouver Sun, is an example of how child care is gaining media attention in B.C. Over 3,000 families advocated for high-quality, affordable and accessible child care on the first Family day in B.C. by supporting $10-a-day child care.
The Vancouver Sun’s article discusses the advantages that a strong investment into child care would have as Craig Alexander, the TD Bank Chief Economist, states that the quality early learning leads to better jobs, higher pay, and a reduction of poverty.
Time for B.C. to invest in $10 a day child care - The Vancouver Sun, February 18 2013.
Affordable Child Care Promised in Tuesday Budget, but $10-a-day System Ruled Out - Times Colonist, February 16 2013