Publication Topics: Child Care


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Minister Cadieux Responds to 2014’s Child Poverty Report Card

December 22, 2014 Minister Cadieux responded to 2014’s BC Child Poverty Report Card by outlining government’s two-pronged approach to child poverty: 1) job creation and 2) targeted support programs/services. For example, Cadieux noted that government has increased BC’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour; lowered taxes by 37 per cent since 2001; MORE


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First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE


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2015 Federal Budget Submission: A Call for a Budget That Pays Attention to Canada’s Children

August 2014 First Call submitted its written brief A Call for a Budget That Pays Attention to Canada’s Children as part of the federal pre-budget 2015’s consultation process. The brief’s recommendations touched on four key areas for action: Improving supports for young families and their children Reducing income inequality and health MORE


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2014 Provincial Budget Submission: BC’s Children and Youth: A Smart Investment

September 2013 First Call submitted this written brief to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. (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.) First Call’s recommendations call for a MORE


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Child Poverty Advocates Call for Exemption on Child Support Clawbacks

April 2013 This joint April 2013 call to action addressed to Premier Clark and party leaders Adrian Dix, Jane Sterk and John Cummins was signed by First Call, Westcoast Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund and the Community Legal Assistance Society. The advocates urged the premier and the party leaders MORE


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2013 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Stop the Neglect and Invest in Our Children

October 2012 In October 2012 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2013 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 MORE