SOUND OFF: More affordable child care changing lives


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In April this year, we had 6,500 spaces for children in $10-a-Day centres. As of December 1, we had nearly 11,000 spaces, with hundreds more spaces expected in the coming weeks.

Whether they have kids in a $10-a-Day space or are receiving a fee reduction at another licenced centre, when families find out that their childcare centre fees are being reduced, the joy and relief they share with us is inspiring. It’s not simply about paying less money for a service. Affordable childcare is life-changing.

It means families can save more for their future or pay off debt that has been holding them back. It provides the security parents need to take the leap and change careers or go back to school to achieve their goals. And for families who are struggling to make ends meet, it provides relief from stress, worry and anxiety.

Just last week, a community member shared with me that having her child in one of the newly opened $10-a-Day childcare spaces meant that she didn’t have to worry about how she was going to pay for her rent each month. Other parents have shared with me that having safe and affordable spaces has meant that they can go back to work, or buy extra groceries, or go on family trips.

Our childcare plan began as a vision to unite a patchwork of programs and services, address skyrocketing fees that were putting child care out of reach for many families, and to build child care as a core service that families can depend upon. We have made a great deal of progress, but there is always more to do, and we look forward to making more positive change for B.C. families.

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Editor’s Note: This opinion piece reflects the views of its author, and does not necessarily represent the views of CFJC Today or Pattison Media.

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