Child care is at risk but Premier Campbell is still silent!Wednesday, July 28 2010
The federal government plans to cancel the BC/Canada Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC). And yet, Premier Campbell is silent. He has not made one public statement calling on the Prime Minister to honour the Agreement.
When we compare this to the stand taken by other Premiers and provinces, we can only assume that he does not have the political will to build a quality
child care system.
The Coalition is calling on the Premier to:
- Introduce a motion in the BC Legislature calling on the federal government to honour the Federal-Provincial Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care.
- Work with other Premiers to make multi-year federal child care funding a priority.
- Direct the Minister of Children and Family Development and the Minister of State for Child Care to release a Child Care Action Plan that moves BC from a patchwork of user fee services to a quality, affordable, community-based child care system.
And, BC's Official Opposition has a role to play too!
If Premier Campbell doesn't introduce a motion in support of the federal-provincial child care agreement - the Official Opposition can and should.
BC children, families and child care service providers are anxiously awaiting real action!
To read the full statement from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC:
Honour the child care agreements - Code Blue for Child Care
TAKE ACTION: Have you signed the pan-Canadian open letter to Stephen Harper, provincial premiers and federal opposition leaders?
Open Letter: http://www.buildchildcare.ca/BE_petition.php/honourthem
Child Care: Let's make it happen!
The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) and the BC Government and Services Employees Union (BCGEU) have launched a joint project to support front line workers, families and communities to 'make child care happen'.
Join parents, front line workers, and reps from the CCCABC and the BCGEU at upcoming Town Hall Meetings in Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Maple Ridge and Kamloops.
More info: http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/act/campaigns/makeithappen.html
Spring cleaning? Save those odd socks -- And "sock it to 'em!"
TAKE ACTION: Parents and community members from across BC are sending socks and a message - 'Sock it' to Premier Campbell and Prime Minister Harper.
Let them know we expect them to honour the daycare deals signed last year!
Info and details: http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/act/sockit
Any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read "7 myths about child care" by Hillel Goelman, professor of education and associate director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP).
"I come now not to praise these child-care myths, but to bury them."
"The current debate over child-care policy in Canada is plagued by a number of old myths that refuse to die and which get in the way of a reasonable discussion on our policy options.
It is time to put these myths to rest so that we can have a national discussion based upon what the evidence-based research on child care actually says."
See this and other articles from BC in this week's news - BC Child Care News http://action.web.ca/home/cccabc/alerts.shtml 23 Apr 06 - excerpts from various news articles