Child Care

 

BC has a childcare crisis - Families can't afford childcare 

Paying for childcare in BC is like having a second mortgage. Often, it's not worth going back to work. There is a solution: a community plan to cap childcare fees and improve early childhood education. It's time to invest in our kids.

We need $10/day childcare because...

  • Childcare costs $9000/year for a 2-year old; In Vancouver, it's $14,000
  • In BC, there is only one licensed childcare space for every five children
  • BC mothers have lowest labour participation rate in Canada
  • Young BC families are squeezed: both housing & childcare are unaffordable
  • $10/day childcare is key to ending childhood poverty in BC – the second worst in Canada

The $10/day childcare plan will…

  • Cap childcare fees at $10 a day & free for families making under $40,000/year
  • Create more childcare spaces
  • Develop a high quality early childhood education system
  • Give boards of education the mandate to fund, develop and govern early care & learning in BC
  • Improve wages and training for Early Childhood Educators – they are licensed teachers, not babysitters

Support $10/day childcare - 30 seconds is all it takes at cantaffordchildcare.ca !

The BCGEU is committed to making $10/day childcare happen! 

We endorse and support $10/day childcare plan, also known as the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning

 

To view a message box on the BC child care crisis, click here (or download pdf version.)

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

On November 16-17 2012, nearly 50 BCGEU members in the ECE sector participated in a conference and committed to making $10/day childcare happen in British Columbia! They left the event informed, energized, and inspired to push for the implementation of the $10/day childcare plan! More information and conference resources can be found here.

The 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. 

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To learn about past child care campaigns, visit the campaign archive below.

See below for the latest CHILD CARE NEWS

BC Families Demand Affordable Public Childcare in Stroller Rally

 

A large, energetic group of BC families, their children and early childhood educators gathered at Jericho Park in Vancouver this morning in support of affordable public childcare in BC. Read more »

International Women's Day Parade – March 9, Vancouver - Make Noise for Child Care!

BC families, community activists, child care advocates and labour unions will mark International Women's Day with a call to action for affordable, accessible child care. Read more »

Over 3000 families mark BC’s first family day by demanding affordable childcare

Over 3,000 BC families are marking the province’s first family day holiday by urging the government to commit to implementing a new $10 a day childcare system. Read more »

To the SFU community: SFU childcare workers need your support - possible January strike action

An open letter to SFU parents, faculty, staff and members of the SFU community

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) represents 87 Early Childhood Educators at SFU childcare. We are writing today to inform you about possible strike action at SFU childcare in January 2013. Read more »

UBC Childcare professionals seeking parity wages, bargaining at impasse

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) will be seeking a strike mandate from 160 Early Childhood Educators at The University of British Columbia (UBC) Child Care Services after negotiations broke down on November 28. Read more »

Childcare providers: BCGEU, a United Voice for Child Care

 

Child care providers:  join the BCGEU as a direct union member or as a special associate member, please click here 

Child Care "Let's make it happen" - archived campaign materials

 

Archived Child Care campaign materials: Read more »

Video Presentation of the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC are pleased to present a  Read more »

Short term childcare job posting - Canadian Labour Congress Winter School at Harrison Hot Springs

Please find attached a short term job posting for an Early Childhood Educator for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School at Harrison Hot Springs Resort from mid-January to mid-February 2013.

Please post at your worksite or pass on to others who are qualified and may have an interest. 

The closing date is November 30, 2012.

May is Childcare month

The 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 British Columbia. 

May is Childcare month

The BCGEU is proud to celebrate May is child care month with the launch of a series of short animations. Read more »