Publication Topics: Child Care


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2016 Monthly Update

2017 fundraising gala details – MSP coverage for all infants – First Call budget submission – and more! Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: Guest of Honour: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond MSP coverage MORE


Letters and Submissions

2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

October 2016 First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) We MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

September 2016 Monthly Update

BC cancels family clawbacks – First Call backs foster youth supports – Best wishes to Lin Ruitong– and more! Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: BC ends maternity and parental and EI MORE


Letters and Submissions

MCFD Response to First Call Letter to Meet Re Commercial Child Care Operators

March 2016 On March 7, 2016, First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable sent a letter to the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, requesting a meeting to discuss concerns related to the availability of child care capital grants for commercial operators. Aleksandra Stevanovic, executive director of Children & MORE


Letters and Submissions

MPs and Ministers Congratulated on Federal Election and Invited to Learn about First Call

April 2016 This letter from the First Call Coalition congratulated all Members of Parliament and relevant Ministers (re)elected in the 2015 federal election and invited them to learn more about First Call’s vision and work. It also commends them on the actions they have already taken in their first few months of MORE


Reports

Federal Policies That Put Children and Youth First – Progress Update

In the lead-up to the federal election, First Call developed an election toolkit outlining what is at stake for BC’s children and youth at the federal level under each of the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. In this new report we’ve tracked the progress made on our policy recommendations based on announcements MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

March 2016 Monthly Update

March, 2016 Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key actions you can take to support children and youth in BC. Highlights this month include: We reviewed the federal budget for highlights and misses for BC’s children and youth We heard back from MSDSI Minister Stilwell MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Federal budget 2016 takes aim at child poverty, misses early childhood urgency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016 First Call Coalition members were looking for a 2016 federal budget that put Canada’s children and youth first and that ensured that BC’s children and youth have the resources they need to thrive. We were heartened by a number of new commitments for MORE


Letters and Submissions

MCFD Responds to Concerns Re: Child Care Registry

January 2016 The Early Childhood Development Roundtable received a reply from Jonathan Barry of the Ministry of Children and Family Development about the proposed child care registry. The letter was very responsive to the concerns the ECD Roundtable raised. The government is reconsidering the project, scaling it back and instead enhancing MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to MCFD Director Jonathan Barry Re Child Care Registry

October 2015 In this October 30, 2015, letter to Jonathan Barry, the director of child care programs and services at the BC Ministry of Children and Family Services, First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable shares its ongoing concerns about the child care registry as discussed at its ECDRT October 28th meeting. The MORE


Letters and Submissions

2016 Provincial Budget Submission: Will BC’s 2016 Budget Put Children and Youth First?

September 2015 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2016 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) MORE


Letters and Submissions

MCFD Response to First Call ECD report Make BC’s Children and Young Families a Priority: A Call to Action

July 2015 In response to First Call’s letter to Premier Clark regarding the 2015 ECD Roundtable report, Make BC’s Children and Young Families a Priority: A Call to Action, Minister of Children and Family Development Minister Cadieux wrote on behalf of Premier Clark and referred to government’s 2013 Early Years Strategy as MORE


Letters and Submissions

MCFD Response to First Call Roundtable on Child Care Registry

April 2015 Arif Lalani, executive director of the Provincial Services Division of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, responds to the letter by First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable expressing concerns about the government’s online child care registry. Lalani confirmed that the intent of the online registry is to improve parents’ MORE