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First Call Monthly Updates

July 2019 Monthly Update

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: Fostering Change Organizes Second 19th Birthday Party Action Fostering Change Letter Calls for Equitable AYA Supports Strategic Planning Session and Welcoming New Steering Committee Members Living MORE


Letters and Submissions

Response Letter from Ministers Katrine Conroy and Katrina Chen – Early Childhood Educators Wage Enhancement

On July 16 2019, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen responded to our May 27, 2019 letter that reinforced the call for a more urgent focus on the issue of fair compensation for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in government’s MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

June Monthly Update

June 2019 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: Welcoming Susan Russell to Fostering Change Welcoming Becky Kelly (back) to First Call New Members to First Call’s Coalition First Call Submissions on Budget MORE


Letters and Submissions

Submission to Select Standing Committee On Finance and Government Services

In this year’s BC budget submission, First Call highlights five recommendations from our 2018 Child Poverty Report Card starting with important targeted poverty reduction measures for families living in deep poverty. Key Recommendations 1. Increase income supports for families living in deep poverty 2. Invest in early childhood 3. Ensure MORE


Letters and Submissions

Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth Special Project on Children and Youth With Neuro-Diverse Special Needs

In June, First Call sent in our submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth Special Project on Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs. We note appreciation for the Committee’s interest in the experiences of families raising children with neuro-diverse special needs in seeking assessments and access MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

May Monthly Update

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: First Call BC Child Poverty Regional Factsheets Available Living Wage for Families Campaign Update Employment of Children and Youth in BC – Briefing Note on Recent MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to Ministers Katrine Conroy and Katrina Chen – Early Childhood Educators Wage Enhancement

On May 27 2019, First Call sent a letter to Minister of Children and Family Development, Honourable Katrine Conroy, and Minister of State for Child Care, Honourable Katrina Chen. We wrote on behalf of First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable to reinforce the call for a more urgent focus on MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

April Monthly Update

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: We’re Hiring! Fostering Change Campaign Organizer 2019 Living Wage Calculation Release Advocacy Works Again! Child Labour Standards Amendments Announced Welcoming Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

March Monthly Update

Highlights this month include: BC’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy Release Welcoming SOS Children’s Villages Canada to First Call Coalition Thank you to Pam Preston, Outgoing Steering Committee Member April Fostering Change Events Submissions On Basic Income Consultation Submissions On Employment Standards Consultation First Call Fundraising Gala Videos Posted Read on MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

February Monthly Update

February 2019 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: First Call Fundraising Gala 2019 a Success! Welcoming Violet-Rose to Fostering Change Newest Episode of As Word Spreads Podcast Released Child Labour Campaign Open MORE


Letters and Submissions

BC Budget Media Release: BC Budget 2019 Brings Financial Relief for Low-income Children, Youth and Their Families

Media Release For immediate release February 19, 2019   BC Budget 2019 Brings Financial Relief for Low-income Children, Youth and Their Families   (Victoria, BC) First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition applauds the Provincial Government for significant improvements to the child tax benefit announced in today’s budget. The MORE