WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP IN BUILDING A UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE SYSTEM FOR B.C.?
The provincial government is committed to $10 per day childcare, a model CUPE BC strongly supports and advocates for. The federal government is committing significant resources supporting childcare for kids aged 0-5, but what’s missing is new spaces for school-aged kids.
We began our campaign for universal public childcare by promoting the “Seamless Day” model for Kindergarten-aged kids. Now that that model is being piloted, in more than 20 districts, it’s time to take the next step: before and after school childcare for all school age children. The most efficient and cost-effective way to get quality, accessible and universal school-aged childcare up and running quickly is to create spaces in public schools.
That’s why CUPE BC, in partnership with CUPE National, has launched our “Public Childcare Now” campaign.
We have the facilities already—there’s almost no need for capital expenditures or construction.
We have the trained staff available—qualified Education Assistants already are in place, and most don’t currently receive full-time hours.
For parents, it couldn’t be more efficient—drop your kids at school in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day. No more running to multiple locations or juggling competing schedules.
- increases learning opportunities
- provides more customized care and assistance
- reduces transitions and commutes
- increases safety and security
- provides greater accountability
- is accessible to every family who wants it
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
EMAIL YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL TRUSTEES to join the growing number of voices calling for this high quality and affordable model of childcare in communities across our province.
If you’ve already shown your support, why not tell a friend?
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