VANCOUVER — JL Aquino and her spouse, OneCity council candidate RJ Aquino, spend more each month on child care for their two young children than they do on rent. And rent is not exactly cheap in Vancouver. Child care is a big part of the reason so many people, especially young families and single parents, are working hard to barely get by in this city.
That is why RJ Aquino and the OneCity team say it is time for Vancouver to take the lead and implement the $10-a-day plan in a Vancouver neighbourhood that desperately needs it. The $10-a-day plan is a made-in-BC solution from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates in partnership with the Early Childhood Educators of BC.
“It is shameful that child care has barely been mentioned during this election because we need to put it at the top of the agenda at City Hall,” City Council candidate RJ Aquino said. “It is time to put our money where our kids are by seeding and providing the $10-a-day plan in a Vancouver neighbourhood that does not have enough child care to meet the needs of its families.”
The OneCity plan calls for the $10-a-day funding formula to be put into practice in a demonstration project in co-operation with a neighbourhood-based, non-profit organization. This one-neighbourhood pilot will allow us to gather data about demand, assess up-front costs, and track the impact of the $10-a-day plan for families facing a child-care crisis right now in our city.
Vancouver’s child-care program is currently focused in areas with new developments instead of responding to existing needs. Renfrew-Collingwood, South Vancouver, Hastings Sunrise, Kerrisdale, the West End, and Cedar Cottage are among the many neighbourhoods that have growing populations of children and simply not enough child care. The plan is to start with an area that is under-serviced and, with support from senior levels of government, expand the program throughout Vancouver.
“It is telling that the only thing the NPA will say about child care is that we need more so-called ‘practical standards’ for businesses to get child-care licenses. In other words, they want to make it easier for corporate, for-profit child care to spread throughout Vancouver,” Aquino said. “At OneCity, we believe we need a moratorium on for-profit child-care operations. We need to ban corporate child care that puts caring for our kids in the profit margin and show Canada and the world a real alternative that families can afford.”
"Affordable child care to me means that families at any income level, in any Vancouver neighbourhood, can offer their young ones high-quality and nurturing early-education opportunities." — Thi Vu, parent and founding member of OneCity.
"When we as a society invest in child care, we give an equal start to life for all our children, we give parents an opportunity to balance family with work, and we create jobs in our communities.” — Christine Boyle, parent and founding member of OneCity.
Find out more about the $10-a-day plan: http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/
And watch and share a video of RJ Aquino and Shane Simpson, NDP MLA for Vancouver Hastings, addressing the OneCity Open House: