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Where Is BC's Childcare Program?

While government slowly ekes out a public plan for care of three and four-year-olds, advocates weigh in with a plan of their own.

Where Is BC's Childcare Program?by Katie Hyslop, from TheTyee.ca

Premier Gordon Campbell's ill-received address on October 27 dedicated just over three minutes to education, with only a fleeting reference to early childhood education: a promise of 100 new StrongStart centres in the province. But he was noticeably quiet about the long-awaited pre-kindergarten program for three and four-year-olds he promised two years ago.

Though popular with the Human Early Learning Partnership program at UBC, StrongStart programs are not full-day and require a parent or guardian to be present – not an easy feat for working parents. In comparison, the three and four-year-old program seemed like a victory to childcare advocates who were pushing for wrap-around services with both full-time care and education for infants to 12-year-olds, taking pressure off parents who need to hold down a nine to five job just to keep afloat.

But since the government announced the program during the 2008 throne speech, they've remained mum on their plans, process, and funding for the project, which they hoped to have up and running by 2013.

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Posted: November 17, 2010

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