Trustees support universal child care plan

NANAIMO: Trustees in favour of a plan that aims to make affordable, quality child care available to all B.C. families.

Nanaimo school trustees are in favour of a plan that aims to make affordable, quality child care available to all B.C. families.

At a recent education committee meeting, trustees discussed a plan developed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates and the Early Childhood Educators of B.C. that calls for a $10/day public child-care program amongst other things.

The group claims that currently, the province has licensed child care spaces for just 20 per cent of children.

Such a program would allow more people to participate in the workforce with the comfort of knowing their children are looked after in quality environments, said Jamie Brennan, school board chairman.

“It’s good social policy as well as good economic policy,” he said.

The only concern trustees have is that the province fully fund the initiative, if approved.

The education committee is recommending the board support the plan.