Election 2013

CATCH has submitted a short list of questions to our local candidates and have posted their responses here

Thank you for your time, Community Action Toward Children's Health appreciates your willingness to help those interested in Early Childhood Development.  

Answers to the three questions below will be posted on the CATCH website, Facebook and Twitter:

http://www.catchcoalition.ca/

www.facebook.com/okcatch

http://www.twitter.com/okcatch


  1. If elected will your party commit to increasing investment in supports and services in order to reduce rising vulnerability among young children?

Knowing that:

  • Early childhood (ages 0-6) is a crucial period of human development and BC’s Early Development Instrument (EDI) evidence shows rising vulnerability in early childhood ,and in the Central Okanagan 28% of our young children enter school vulnerable in one or more early childhood development domains. To be vulnerable means that a child is at increased risk of difficulties in the school years and beyond.

  • Young families are stressed by demands of caring and earning without needed public policy supports.

  • All young children and their families must have access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) supports and services.

Resources:

Community Action Toward Children's Health State of the Child report

http://www.catchcoalition.ca/Resources/Documents/Reports/NCD%202012/SOTC_online%202012%20Report.pdf

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Early Development Instrument (EDI)

http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/edi/


  1. How will you or your party support families and child care providers with a comprehensive child care plan?

Knowing that:

  • Nearly 122,000 mothers in BC who have a child under the age of 6 are in the paid labour force and that BC has licensed child care spaces for about 20% of children.

  • Child care is largely a parent -funded service and BC has among the highest child care fees in the country.

  • The lack of access to affordable child care is a barrier to women with children trying to leave abusive relationships.

Resources:

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership 15 by 15 plan

http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/documents/27/

Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning

http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/plan/


  1. If elected, what will your party do to reduce wait time for young children needing early childhood intervention?

Knowing that:

  • During crucial early months and years of development, thousands of children with special needs in BC face long wait times for therapies, other services and for supported child development spaces.

  • Several years of flat budgets for contracted early intervention services and the Ministry for Children and Family Development have resulted in cuts to services for children with special needs.

  • Waiting for needed services causes stress for families and permanent impairments to affected children.


Resources:

Community Action Toward Children's Health State of the Child report

http://www.catchcoalition.ca/Resources/Documents/Reports/NCD%202012/SOTC_online%202012%20Report.pdf

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