It is commendable that the BC government is making child care an important platform for the next three years. BCCCOA is excited about the possibilities for child care with the current budget, and visions a diverse, inclusive, cohesive and high-quality child care system throughout the province.
Rushing to implement the first stages of this plan occurred without consultation directly with the providers of child care in the province - causing divisive fractures within the child care field. In order to move forward, child care providers and the BC NDP must come together to collaboratively contribute to the creation of a made-in-BC plan.
The BCCCOA calls for the BC NDP to:
- Immediately implement BCCCOA’s proposed “Six Simple Steps” in order to resolve the concerns child care stakeholders province wide have raised in response to the 2018/2019 funding cycle CCOF and CCFRI contract.
- Begin a transparent, inclusive and proportionately representative consultation with child care providers in BC to collaboratively develop an implementation plan towards universal child care in BC.
Access our letter here. For responses from ECEBC, click here.