Campaigns and Issues

ECEBC Letter to ECEs and BC Minister of Health and CCCABC Statement

This week’s CTV article highlights that struggles to maintain staff ratios and locate and buy necessary cleaning supplies are just two of the concerns being raised by childcare workers, operators and advocates regarding the B.C. government’s decision not to close daycares during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) released two letters this week. The first letter is addressed to colleagues in response to the BC Government’s announcement that public schools will close, and child care centres will remain open. The second letter is addressed to Minister of Health, Honourable Adrian Dix. It calls on the Government of BC to mandate a full closure of child care centres, effective immediately, and engage with the Federal Government to make a concerted effort to coordinate the funds to allow for the closures to take place.

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC also released a statement that calls this situation untenable. They explain that every other province, except Saskatchewan, has issued a clear and consistent public health directive: all schools and child care programs and closed, with measures underway to support essential workers.