The following is a selection of election toolkits from First Call coalition members. Members are welcome to send in your own election toolkit for us to circulate in this newsletter. Download the FIRST CALL 2017 PROVINCIAL ELECTION TOOLKIT $10ADAY CHILD CARE PLAN: CHILD CARE CHALLENGE TO POLITICAL PARTIES This MORE
The BC government’s own public reports show that they haven’t spent the minimal funds they committed to child care over the last four years. Child care underspending totals almost $100 million, with $48 million underspent last year alone. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, calls the underspending MORE
Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, 2017 University of Victoria Register online This two-day conference explores the depth of the child and youth care field nationally and internationally. Practitioners and researchers will discover multiple real-world and theoretical challenges to embrace in their everyday working lives.
The Population and Public Health program of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society (BCACCS) have released a new report, Increasing Indigenous Children’s Access to Traditional Foods in Early Childhood Programs. The report summarizes food safety barriers and facilitators to providing non-market, high-protein, traditional foods in MORE
This Statistics Canada publication summarizes women’s experiences of paid work. Among other key factors, women tend to be influenced by their caregiving roles. The data include the number of women remaining out of the workforce (the “gender employment gap”), working part time, having more career interruptions, and their concentration in MORE
Coming Together: Celebrating Diversity around Young Children Apr. 28-29, 2017 Find more info Register This two-day graduate student-run conference offers graduate students, early childhood educators, advocates, researchers and policymakers a space to share challenges, accomplishments and promising practices in the early years.
The multi-year funding announced in the federal budget is welcome but we need a significant boost in annual allocations to build an accessible, affordable, quality child care system over time, says the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) in a news release. The budgeted increases in the annual allocations MORE
The Children’s Partnership Surrey-White Rock has updated its brochure for resources for families with children in Surrey and White Rock. The brochure lists programs and services for child care, early literacy, parents and more. Download the brochure
The fourth intake of the BC Child Care Major Capital Funding Program opened on March 15, 2017. The Ministry of Children and Family Development is currently accepting applications for the creation of new child care spaces in six funding streams. On Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017, 1:30–3 pm, a public information MORE
To commemorate International Women’s Day, Mar. 8, 2017, Five Family Places of Vancouver released a letter acknowledging the work done by all the women who came before us in advancing gender equality in Canada and around the world. Excerpt: Family resource programs support the mothers (and fathers) in our communities MORE
Early Childhood Development Roundtable First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition United Way of the Lower Mainland, 4543 Canada Way, Burnaby Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm AGENDA 1. Welcome and agenda Introductions, regrets Adoption of the agenda 2. Review of previous meeting minutes – January 18, MORE
The $10aday childcare campaign is currently running a petition and recently held a week of action at the beginning of March. The focus is on making child care visible and getting the word out, in advance of the BC provincial election in May, that child care is an important issue MORE
The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development is launching a new two-stage application process to support the creation of up to 4,100 licensed child care spaces. The initial application has been simplified. More detailed information will only be required from those who are invited to the second stage. Details MORE
Do you know someone in your organization or in the business community who has made a difference in improving the lives of young children, under age six and their families in the Tri-Cities? Nominate them today! The Tri-Cities ECD Committee will honour members of our community who demonstrate a commitment MORE
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is conducting a survey of parents and parents-to-be across Canada who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave. The survey explores how and when expecting and first-time parents find child care. This survey should take no MORE