For the kids

Residents can learn about a child care plan Thursday at the Vernon library

Research conducted in Quebec, which has invested in a $7 a day child care program, determined that with every $1 investment in child care, the province received a $2 economic return. It’s an economic stimulus, and good social policy, that we should consider for B.C.

With the cost for regulated and licensed child care in B.C. averaging between $1,250 and $2,000 a month, many stay-at-home parents find it all but impossible to seek work outside the home.

The result is an endemic public health concern in B.C. The province has the infamous distinction of having the highest levels of child poverty in Canada.

Generations of vulnerable children have grown old waiting for promises to be upheld and the time for waiting is over. Our children, our families, and our communities deserve better.

A Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. community plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning offers a practical and accessible approach to addressing child poverty, child hunger and child care. It proposes a $10 a day childcare program.

Readers can learn more about the CCCABC effort and other means to address child poverty at an Idea Exchange evening at the Vernon library Nov. 20.

The Canadian Federation of University Women is collaborating with the North Okanagan Early Years Council to bring Sharon Gregson to our community. Sharon is a spokesperson for the $10 a day plan, a joint initiative between the Early Childhood Educators of BC and the CCCABC.

Who’s Taking Care of The Kids begins at 7 p.m. Attendance is free and open to everyone.

 

Jacqui Gingras

Falkland