Where is the children care?
It’s ironic the B.C. government has proclaimed May as Child Care Month while the crisis for families with young children goes from bad to scary.
Exorbitantly high parent fees, below-poverty level wages for workers, and long waitlists reflecting the desperation of families; only wealthy or lucky parents can access quality licensed child care while they work or study.
The crisis is identified by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates, who calls on the B.C. government to stop funding the expansion of new big-box for-profit commercial child care businesses.
The true solution to the crisis is the $10/day plan for a public system of integrated early care & learning that would cap fees, improve wages for workers and create child care spaces across the province. If the premier supports jobs, jobs, jobs and puts ‘Families First’, she should stop siphoning off tax dollars for investors and shareholder profits and instead build a child care system for B.C.
Sharon Gregson,East Vancouver