Children, Childcare, & Youth in Care

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Childcare

BC NDP

  • Protect childcare in law.
  • Bring $10-a-day childcare to more families.
  • Create more childcare spaces through a new childcare capital programme, exceeding target of 22,000 new spaces.
  • Work towards universal access to before- and after-school care on school grounds.
  • Train more ECEs.

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BC Liberals

  • Provide $10-a-day childcare to families making up to $65,000 annually, and stepped rates of $20 or $30-a-day for families of incomes up to $125,000.
  • Build 10,000 new childcare spaces across BC.
  • Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools.

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BC Greens

  • Invest up to $897M/year by 2023/24 in childcare programme.
  • Expand available physical spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations.
  • Provide free childcare for working parents with children under 3.

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Early childhood development

BC NDP

  • Train more Early Childhood Educators.
  • Enhance the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, including expanding the ECE wage enhancement programme.
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BC Liberals

  • Expand the Baby's Best Chance support programme for parents of newborns to support healthier outcomes for children.
  • Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs.
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BC Greens

  • Provide $300M in new funding to phase in up to 25 hours / week of free early childhood education programmes for 3 & 5 year-olds, rising to $550M as capacity expands.
  • Provide $100M to create a new capital programme in the Ministry of Education for school renos to add ECE spaces.
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Stay-at-home parents

BC Greens

Provide up to $500/month for families with children under 3 and a stay-at-home parent.
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Youth in care

BC NDP

Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.
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BC Liberals

Extend supports for foster children to age 25.
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BC Greens

Implement a basic income for youth aging-out of care.
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