A comprehensive early learning and child care program, including provisions for special needs children and pay increases for child care workers (most of whom earn less than the living wage), should be a high priority for the province. Child care fees are the second-largest expense for most young families after housing. In the Fraser Valley living wage calculation, child care outpaces housing as the number-one expense. Providing this service publicly would remove a huge financial burden from thousands of low-income households.
- Adopt the $10aDay Child Care Plan produced by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC, which will provide free child care for those earning less than $40,000 per year, increase the number of child care spaces, support high-quality programming and ensure early childhood educators are paid a living wage.
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