Cuts will hurt child care

Kelsey Michie is the new band director at Bainbridge High School for the 2006-2007 school year.  - Meagan O
Kelsey Michie is the new band director at Bainbridge High School for the 2006-2007 school year.
— image credit: Meagan O'Shea/Staff Photo


The provincial government has recently announced that it is not keeping its commitment to maintain the Child Care Operating Funding Program. The Liberal government has announced a budget surplus yet has cut child care funding. In our community we have already lost many quality child care programs because of the lack of provincial funding.

Stats Canada reports that mothers with young children are a vital part of our workforce. Much needed infant and toddler child care spaces have disappeared, in this community because of the high cost of providing quality care. Families in our community currently have a difficult time finding quality child care spaces and if the current government cuts continue this situation is certain to get worse.

Research done at UBC by Clyde Hertzmann and HELP supports funding quality child care and suggests their will be long term economic benefits if we support children and families in the early years. My concern is that the provincial government seems to be making short-term decisions, cutting substantial provincial child care funding, which will have long-term detrimental effects for children and families.

If you are concerned about the cuts in child care funding tune in to: Kids Can’t Wait B.C.’s Child Care Challenge on Global on Monday February 26 at 7 p.m.

Cheryl Emerson

Prince George

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