News Topics: Child Care


Call for proposals: CCRR Exploration and Discovery conference – Sechelt, Oct. 21

Proposal deadline: Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 Find more info and download the application Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource and Referral is inviting workshop proposals for their annual fall conference, Exploration and Discovery, to be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. Participants include child care providers, MORE


Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE

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Despite growing child care crisis, BC Liberal government underspends child care budget by $100 million

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

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BCACCS study with recommendations on increasing access to traditional Indigenous foods

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


SPARK: The Early Years Conference 2017

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.

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CCAAC: Funding in federal budget welcome but still need boost in annual allocations to build quality child care

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