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Gong Hei Fat Choy! While world celebrations have been subdued the past two years, we are still looking forward to New Year Goodness and wish you good health, wealth, happiness and prosperity for the Chinese New Year ahead!

Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings Updated: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/childcare-schools/child-care

Child Care: Discussing COVID with Public Health – If you were unable to attend and missed the January 26th questions and discussion, the Ministry was posed to by child care providers, a recording will be available on the Province of BC YouTube page. In the video description, you will find a listing of the questions posed to the panelists and links to navigate to the specific time each question was asked and answered.

Minister’s statement on child care, COVID-19 guidance – Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, has released the following statement on the new COVID-19 guidance for child care settings from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), which was recently provided to the sector: Read more.

Message from Minister Katrina Chen - Read now.

Canada Child Benefit still needed alongside national daycare system, minister says – Read the CTV News article now.

The $30 billion child-care challenge: Building a new program from the ground up – Advocates say that without proper compensation for workers, it will be impossible to build a program. Read the CBC News article now.

New child care legislation will build stronger B.C. for families – The new early learning and child care legislation, which became law Oct. 27, 2021, will help the province deliver on its 10-year Childcare BC plan to build an affordable, quality and inclusive early learning and child care system for B.C. families. Read more.

Early childhood education expansion helps kids get the best start – People looking to build careers in child care will have more educational opportunities with the addition of 147 early childhood educator (ECE) seats at eight public post-secondary institutions throughout the province. Read more.

Learners of all ages to benefit from the new Centre for Childhood Studies – More people will have access to local child care when Capilano University’s (CapU) new purpose-built Centre for Childhood Studies opens with expanded onsite child care and learning spaces for students at the School of Education & Childhood Studies. Read more.

Daycare workers, parents call for more consideration as Omicron batters the essential sector – Read the CBC News article now.

COVID-19: B.C. daycare operators frustrated – Preschool and daycare operators in B.C. say they’re frustrated during the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global News, Read more.

Early childhood educators have been calling on the provincial government for more consultation – When the provincial government kept K-12 students out of school for an additional week earlier this month, daycares stayed open. Listen to Stephen Quinn from the CBC Early Edition as he interviews two Early Childhood Educators on Jan. 19, 2022. Listen now.

One year later: Follow up results from a survey on COVID-19 and child care in Canada – Childcare Resource and Research Unit are pleased to share the report from data from a follow-up survey of licensed childcare centres and regulated family child care providers across Canada about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a copy now.

25th BC Child Poverty Report Card was released in November. First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Society finds 1 in 5 children poor and a dramatic rise in income inequality. Download a copy of the 2021 BC Child Poverty Report Card.

Westcoast Childcare Resource Centre – Podcast Episode #4: The Roadmap to $10 a Day Child Care Hosted by Gyda Chud, with (her sister) Rita Chudnovsky from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. Rita and Gyda discuss recent updates and talk us through the Roadmap for $10 a day Child Care in BC. Listen now.

2022 $10 A Day Roadmap is now available for download at https://www.10aday.ca/roadmap

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