Political leaders need to commit to $10aDay child care plan, polling shows

March 6, 2015

Improving affordability and access to child care spaces are a greater priority for B.C. families than the promise of another tax credit. And the “$10aDay” proposal that seeks to increase the number of affordable child care spaces and improve wages and training of early childhood educators, is viewed as “beneficial” by 82 percent of British Columbians.

These are two key findings from a survey recently conducted by Insights West on behalf of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. that put together the “$10aDay”plan.  

“B.C. politicians should recognize that working families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care. This polling shows that it’s time for B.C. political leaders to commit to a universal, accessible and publicly funded $10/day child-care system,” said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who trained as an Early Childhood Educator.

“Tweaking the current system premised on tax credits does nothing to help young B.C. families squeezed between unaffordable housing and exorbitant child care,” added Smith. “B.C.’s child care system is failing working families, young mothers, and businesses and requires an overhaul.”

The BCGEU and many other labour, business and poverty advocacy groups have endorsed the $10aDay plan.

To learn more about the $10aDay plan and pledge your support, visit http://www.10aday.ca/

The BCGEU is the leading child care union in British Columbia, representing over 1,500 Early Childhood Educators in 150 bargaining units.

BCGEU is proud to be partners with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. working towards building a quality, non-profit, universal and accessible child care system in our province.