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

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

New Armstrong IPE president has deep roots

Heather King elected at IPE’s recent annual general meeting

Seedy Saturday returning to Vernon

Popular event hosted by Sustainable Environment Network Society set for March 21 at rec centre

Study proposed to investigate impact of septic fields in Okanagan Lake

Study would get underway in Killiney Beach and Westshore Estate areas in June

North Okanagan athletes mine Games medals

Ringette team, judoka return home with gold medals from Fort St. John

Resolutions back on track with Vernon Wellness Fair

16th annual fair will showcase tons of products, gear to give that extra boost of motivation

Okanagan rescue team comes back home from Australian mission

Brad Pattison’s team spent 33 days rescuing wildlife

Criminality not suspected in Ellison trailer fire death

The body was discovered after crews responded to reports of a house fire

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

Kelowna youth accused of killing 16-year-old released

The young woman was arrested on Feb. 21 and is facing one charge of manslaughter

Interior Health appoints administrator at Summerland Seniors Village

Numerous concerns raised about private seniors care facility

Man arrested following suspicious trailer fire in Kelowna

Reports came in about the fire at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday morning

Body discovered following vehicle fire on Kelowna property

Firefighters discovered a body in a home on Anderson Road

‘Please be quiet,’ Kelowna Mayor tells sexual assault survivor protesting in council chambers

Forty per cent of sexual assaults reported to Kelowna RCMP in 2019 were deemed ‘unfounded’

Salmon Arm boy is only Para-Nordic athlete at BC Winter games

Thirteen-year-old Kaden Baum competed in three races on his sit-ski at the games.

Most Read