Letters: Cities should take advantage of BC child care $

The Editor, Re. “$10 pilot at 3 local spots” (The Tri-City News, Nov. 14).

The Editor,

Re. “$10 pilot at 3 local spots” (The Tri-City News, Nov. 14).

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It’s great to see that child care is starting to get more affordable for families, with new funding from the provincial and federal governments to lower parent fees and raise educator wages.

Now, we need more spaces. I hope all new and returning Tri-Cities elected officials will work promptly with the provincial government to access funding to support the creation of more licensed child care spaces.

Lynell Anderson, Coquitlam

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STILL A PROBLEM

The Editor,

My family and I would like to thank the B.C. government for making great progress to make child care more affordable and improve the wages of early childhood educators.

I want to encourage the province to continue moving forward positively.

The issue of accessibility to licensed child care is still a problem.

Only 18% of children in B.C. have access to it, waiting lists are years long and often families are left with no other choice but to use unlicensed options.

I urgently ask my local elected officials to please apply to B.C.’s new provincial grants aimed at creating more licensed child care spaces.

Local government and school districts should make public land available for modular buildings to help quickly create new quality child care programs.

I expect my local elected officials to work closely with the provincial government to create more licensed quality child care programs in my community.

Tara King, Coquitlam

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