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2022 BC Budget Consultation

The BC Government’s 2022 budget consultations are underway and First Call has developed an overview of our key priorities for your reference. First Call’s submission reminds government that we have a long way to go in ending child poverty with 1 in 5 BC children still growing up poor and MORE


Skin-to-Skin Short Film Resource

In case you missed it, the Heart of Touch Community released a short film educating about the benefits of skin-to-skin. In the healthy newborn, skin-to-skin refers to holding the newborn immediately after birth, on the mother or caretaker’s bare chest in an upright position. The practice should be uninterrupted for several hours. For complicated MORE


Research to Practice Network: Mental Health Literacy and Community Social Service Practice

The Research to Practice Network is a collection of academics and researchers working in collaborative partnership with The Federation of Community Social Services of BC to provide practitioners with insight into emerging research in the field of child and family practice. They recently released an article by Patty Ranahan from Concordia University to discuss MORE


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


Psychology’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report

The Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychology Foundation of Canada have collaboratively released a report on the topic of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (2015) report. The task force was created in order to develop concrete, action-oriented recommendations to improve the field’s service to the First Nations, Métis, MORE


Early Childhood Education Report released

The Early Childhood Education Report has been released every three years since 2011. The 2017 report was released last week, which evaluates the quality of provincial and territorial early years services by looking at details of each jurisdiction. Nineteen benchmarks, organized into five equally weighted categories, evaluate governance structures, funding levels, access, MORE

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Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Human rights complaint filed against Neufeld and the school board Global News: Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld faces call from parents’ group to resign Province: Chilliwack teachers say education board has created ‘toxic’ environment Global News: Union files human rights complaint against trustee Barry Neufeld and Chilliwack school board Abbotsford News: Chilliwack board of MORE

Campaigns and Issues

City of Vancouver adopts updated gender strategy that includes child care

Vancouver’s City Council has recently approved Vancouver: A City For All Women, Women’s Equity Strategy 2018-2028 this month. The strategy aims to make Vancouver a place where “all women have full access to the resources provided in the city and have opportunities to fully participate in the political, economic, cultural and social MORE


Family’s experience renews call to action on child and youth mental health in BC

A BC family has issued a desperate call for more supports for their mentally ill child and their family, highlighting research and a recent call to action issued by BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, called Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story. The Potma family has cried foul about a lack of support services for MORE