In the last year, thousands of letters have been sent to trustees across British Columbia asking school districts to provide in-house before- and after-school care using existing school facilities and staff. Trustees are willing to take this step, but need support from the B.C. government.
That’s why our campaign will now focus on the province, and seek significant funding for school-based, public childcare from the 2023 provincial budget.
We are asking the B.C. government to fund school districts to create new school-aged spaces, support the hiring of a childcare coordinator in every district, expand ongoing childcare pilot projects, and mandate school districts to deliver public childcare.
Recent investments in childcare have focused on early years care for kids five and under. The next step is building the thousands of school-aged spaces that communities need, and with your help we can make this a reality for families across B.C.
Thank for your support of public childcare in B.C.!
Karen Ranalletta, President