Council looking at $10 per day child care

Williams Lake city council is advocating a provincial $10 a day child care program in B.C.

“I can see this coming to the forefront of the political scene in the next two to five years,” Coun. Sue Zacharias said. “If B.C. is going to keep on track with improving its business economy, improving more workers in the work force, and improving the tax generated by people working.”

The Quebec day care program has already seen a return on its $7 a day day care program, she added.

Last week council ratified a poll of its members to approve submission of a resolution to the North Central Local Government Association to advocate for the implementation of a Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning, and a call for action to begin steps towards implementing a $10/Day Child Care Program for BC.

“It’s an interesting concept and makes a lot of sense to move the care of a child and also add education into that early care,” Zacharias said, adding it reduces crime and gives children a good start with qualified professionals looking after them in the early years.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities has endorsed the Community Plan, the city said.


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