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. Moreover, there is a shortage of child care spaces and the quality of care available is inconsistent across providers. 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.
For more information, please read the following resources:
- Participate in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations
- $10aDay Child Care Campaign website
- Socio-Economic Impact Analysis of the $10aDay Child Care Plan for British Columbia (Centre for Spatial Economics, January 2017)
- 5 things you should know about poverty in BC
- What does a poverty reduction plan for BC look like?
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition policy recommendations
- Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan