Speak Out Against Child Care Cuts in British ColumbiaWednesday, July 28 2010
On January 5, 2007, Linda Reid, Minister of State for Child Care, announced that the provincial government is significantly cutting funding for child care.
What does it mean for families?
Here are a few examples:
- as of July 1, 2007 Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) rates will be returned to the amounts the province spent prior to the federal provincial child care agreements. The result: Child care fees will go up to cover operational costs for providing care. Fewer and fewer families will be able to afford the high costs of child care. The federal monthly cheque (taxable income) a family receives for children under the age of six years will NOT cover the fee increases in many communities and types of licensed child care.
- CCOF will be capped. The result: Expansion of new licensed child care spaces and programs will be halted. While more and more families need and want to access licensed child care, there will be fewer and fewer affordable licensed child care spaces for families.
- Funding for Child Care Resource and Referral Programs (CCR and R) will be significantly reduced and/or eliminated in many communities. The result: CCR and R's who have provided information for parents about child care in their communities, have helped low income families to apply for child care subsidy, and have provided resources and training for child care providers across BC will no longer be able to provide the same valuable services in communities.
WHAT CAN WE DO TOGETHER?
SPEAK UP - Join the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC in sending
STRONG messages to the provincial government -- especially the Minister of State for Child Care, the Finance Minister and the Premier:
- Minister Reid - Resign!
- Minister Taylor - Restore the Cuts!
- Premier Campbell - Build a Child Care System!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CUTS and SPEAK UP IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC's Media Release: "Minister Reid no longer has the faith of the child care community and it is time for her to take responsibility for the crisis in child care and step aside We need a Minister of Child Care who can restore the cuts and build the child care system that BC needs."
Read and print the media release: http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/res/pdf/TimeToResign_Jan07.pdf
Read the Backgrounder, 'About January 2007 BC Child Care Cuts':
TAKE ACTION -- Stay tuned to the CCCABC web site for weekly updates to our BC Child Care News articles at http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/
WATCH FOR CCCABC's information and MORE suggestions for TAKING ACTION.
SHARE this information with others in your community -- Find out what advocates are planning in your region/community and encourage parents and others to speak up and take action with you.