News Topics: Child Care


Campaigns and Issues

MCFD New Child Care Spaces Funding Announcement

This week, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen announced that they have tripled the funding maximums for creating new licensed child care spaces. The maximum funding amount available from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to public-sector organizations, such as local MORE


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Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic Early Childhood Education (ECE) students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. The Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program. Deadline is July 31, 2019.


research

A bad bargain for us all: Why the market doesn’t deliver child care that works for Canadian children and families

Martha Friendly, founder and Executive Director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, recently published an occasional paper explaining why the market doesn’t deliver child care that works for Canadian children and families. Even with recent investments in child care across the country, quality continues to be a matter or concern, including MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Affordable Child Care for All Plan

Too many parents and guardians in Canada still can’t find affordable child care for their kids – with today’s young families still relying on the patchwork of inadequate solutions of their parents’ generation. Child Care Now is hosting The Affordable Child Care for All Plan that calls for accessible child care for MORE


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New Investments in Professional Development For Early Childhood Educators

As part of BC’s Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the federal government, the BC government has announced new investments in professional development and resources for early childhood educators (ECEs) and other child care providers. Six organizations, including First Call member organizations Early Childhood Educators of BC and Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: B.C. introduces sick days as part of proposed employment law changes APTN News: B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster care Vancouver Sun: Number of B.C. teens struggling with anxiety up in 2018: study CBC News: Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs demanding province take action MORE


News

First Call’s Statement on the 2019 BC Budget Announcement

  The big news for families with children is that starting in October 2020 a new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit will replace the Early Childhood Tax benefit. In our annual Child Poverty Report Card we have been calling for improvements to this benefit for years. BC is the only province MORE


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$10aDay Progress Summary

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC released a progress summary that outlines the BC government’s financial steps towards implementing universal child care. The BC Budget 2018 committed $1 billion over three years to improve access to quality, affordable child care, complemented by additional federal funding of $153 million. MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: Legislation sets path for human rights commission to return to B.C. CBC News: Homeless, vulnerable only find best health care when at death’s door, UVic study finds CTV News: Greyhound exit leaves gap for homeless, domestic violence shelters CBC News:  Province responds to allegations against employee who allegedly siphoned funds from Indigenous MORE