The Importance Of Child Care In British Columbia

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I want to write you this letter to express my approval of the 10 dollar per day child care plan in

British Columbia. In 2016, many families these days are not receiving the financial support that

they need in order to raise families in the province, especially in high-cost cities like Vancouver.

As a result, only a small percentage (20 percent) of children are currently being raised in

a licensed daycare setting (“Child care in Canada,” 2015). As a result, it is difficult to monitor

the quality of care that occurs in other settings (i.e. home and private daycare). These other

settings often are unregulated, with no safety standards (“$10 per day child care,” 2015). A

successful early childhood centre can be equally as supportive
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If British Columbia were to adopt this

policy, public daycare rates would undoubtedly increase because they would be more affordable

for families. 81% of families in BC say that child care puts a strain on their financial resources.

In addition, many home and private care situations disconnect children from the community

and do not have proper safety regulations (“$10 per day child care, 2015). Opting for licensed

daycare allows children to learn and develop in an environment where caregivers have been

trained to understand developmentally appropriate practice.

As scientists have come to understand, brain development during the first five

years of life is crucial for successful developmental outcomes. According to a 2006 study

“Cognitive stimulation and early teaching done by parents and caregivers,” is the second most

important determinant of academic success and favorable cognitive development, next to

parental IQ scores (Thomas, 2015). This is why countries with demonstrably effective
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When daycare is more affordable, families will have more money to spend on activities for their children, meals, and housing. In addition, they will be able to work less because less of their money will be consumed by care costs. Some Early Childhood Educators are only making thirteen dollars an hour. This is not a living wage. As a result of these low wages, centres are struggling with retention and recruitment of staff members. When Early Childhood Educators are well-compensated, there will be more incentive for highly-qualified staff to remain in the field. These staff will be able to build strong relationships with children and families, which will benefit the community as a whole because children in successful programs such as High Scope have been shown to be less likely to opt for welfare or participate in criminal activity later in life (Johnson,

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