On October 16, 2018, First Call sent a letter to Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen on behalf of the Early Childhood Development Roundtable. The roundtable has been discussing concerns arising from the experiences of families who have children with special needs about the fees they are being charged by some child care providers.
On January 8, 2019, Minister Katrina Chen and Minister Katrine Conroy responded to our letter. They mentioned that they are aware of a range of barriers facing families of children with extra support needs with accessing child care, gaps including the points we raised in our letter.
“As British Columbia moves toward universal child care it is important that we work to address these barriers and ensure our system is inclusive of all children, including those with extra support needs.”
– Minister or Children and Family Development, Katrine Conroy, and Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen