LETTER: All levels of government have role in creating child care spaces

A Langley letter writer argues that more needs to be done to create quality child care in B.C.

Editor: While the B.C. government is making great progress to make quality child care more affordable and to improve wages for early childhood educators, access to quality child care is still an issue due to lack of licensed spaces.

B.C. families desperately need access to more licensed child care spaces. Currently, only 18 per cent of children in B.C. have access to these types of spaces. Wait lists can be years long, leaving families no choice but to use unlicensed care.

My local elected officials urgently need to apply for B.C.’s new provincial grants aimed at creating more quality care through more licensed spaces.

They need to work in partnership with community organizations and schools to make this happen. Local government and school districts can and should make more public land available for modular buildings to quickly create new spaces.

Having more spaces and supporting early childhood educators through further wage enhancements will allow the families of B.C. to have more access to quality, affordable child care.

Sharon Crowley, Langley

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