Accessible, affordable child care is not available for thousands of families in Vancouver. Child care costs are among the highest in Canada, forcing families out of the city. JL Aquino and her spouse, OneCity's 2014 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.
Public school enrolments decline as families are driven to the suburbs, fuelling unnecessary and unsustainable suburban growth. Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are vibrant because of families and children.
OneCity advocates for:
A $10-a-day child care program
- Prioritizing new early childhood education programs in underserved areas with growing populations
- A moratorium on corporate child care operations
OneCity believes it's 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.
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.
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.