“After 16 years of neglect from Christy Clark, it’s time parents who need access to quality, affordable childcare had a government that works for them,” said BC NDP leader John Horgan. “Help is on the way with a BC NDP government.”
The BC Liberals have gutted, underfunded and ignored the crisis in affordable child care over the past 16 years. The median cost of infant and toddler care in Vancouver is $1,325, with some centres charging as much as $1,900 a month. Christy Clark has failed to invest in child care, choosing to ignore the affordability crisis instead of tackling it.
“Parents can’t afford four more years of Christy Clark’s neglect,” said Horgan. “We’re going to get going right away implementing $10 a day child care for infant and toddler programs in the first year, then expanding to older children.
“A universal, affordable quality child care program will make life more affordable for people while making their lives easier, and give a boost to the economy with more parents able to participate in the workforce,” said Horgan.
Highlights of the BC NDP’s $10 a day child care program:
- Cost $10/day for full time care, or $7/day for part time care
- Provide free child care for families who earn less than $40,000
- Begin with infant and toddler programs in the first year to cover children up to age three
- Create 22,000 new spaces by the third year of the program
- Improve training, education and wages for Early Childhood Educators.