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Report: Child care plan an economic boost for BC

from The Province

Heather Allen was working for an organization she believed in, doing a job she loved. Then she had a baby. Toward the end of her maternity leave, she started looking for child care in downtown Vancouver. Waiting lists were between two and three years, so she didn’t even bother signing her daughter up.

Allen would have liked to return to full-time work with her former employer if she'd been able to find an affordable child care space, something the $10aDay Child Care Plan, proposed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. and now part of the provincial NDP’s election platform, promises to deliver. If implemented, the plan, estimated to cost the B.C. government an additional $1.5 billion a year, would create 31,215 new full-time child care spaces by 2025, reduce fees for parents — currently as high as $100 a day in some places — to $10 and provide a living wage for child care workers. more

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