Integrate Out-of-School Care Into Our Schools

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cliff Walker
4 years ago
I signed.
We had no difficulty finding care for our son before he started kindergarten, but a 9-3pm school day simply does not marry well with a working parent’s schedule.
The authors of the BC School Act knew this.
They knew working parents would have great difficulty dropping off and picking up their kids for a 9-3pm school day. That is why the authors created Section 85.1 of the BC School Act.
The wording is very clear and the key phrase is, “… a board must establish a policy promoting the use of board property by licensed child care providers …”
When I read this for the first time, I was shocked. I had no idea this was in the BC School Act. In fact very few parents know this is in the Act. In fact very few of our political leaders and even people in the child care industry know this is in the Act. I only found out about this when a provincial bureaucrat in the Education Ministry made a vague reference to the use of board property. I still had to go through the whole document before I found 85.1.
But, there it is. And it is there for a reason.
The authors of the Act realized it only made sense that school facilities would be used to provide before/after school care. After all, the kids are already there! NOTE, the authors didn’t suggest that school boards would provide the actual care, just the facility. That is an important distinction to remember when talking to the school board. The board will continually point to a lack of funding as the reason for not providing more spaces. That is a Red Herring. No school board money is required. You are using the existing facility. The heat and lights are already on. Child care staffing is provided by the licensed care provider. Parents are paying the care provider for the staff. There is no cost to the school board. And the Act makes it clear in subsection (3) that any “direct and indirect” facility costs are allocated to the care providers. There is no cost to the school board. So don’t let them tell you it is an issue of funding.
Just force school boards to follow the BC School Act as it is written and that will go a long way to addressing the lack of before/after school care.

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Avis Lam
4 years ago
I am signing because the educational system needs to build on the assumption that no parents or caregiver would be available at home after children get off school. Out of School care needs to be flexible and plentiful for families so that they in turn can contribute back to building a thriving society.

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carly owen
4 years ago
I agree!

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Nicolle Tessler
4 years ago
being a a latch key kid wasn't healthy

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Mary Murphy
4 years ago
we need more spots for children, not less. There are two hundred children waiting to get spots. we need more not less. Please do it for the next generation.

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Max Mason
4 years ago
Becouse

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Michele Buckman
4 years ago
I am signing this petition because I believe that children have the right to access quality after school programs regardless of family income.

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Sandra Sutherland
4 years ago
Children are precious, young people, and they deserve to be safe from harm.

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Heather Peers
4 years ago
Having care integrated in my son’s school has given me the comfort of knowing my child is well cared for and allowed me to earn the income we need to live in Vancouver. Please support this important integration for kids, parents, communities and society as a whole.

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Megan Mckay Hall
4 years ago
After school care - and the rules surrounding its qualifications - are ridiculous in this city. I need to work, and therefore need safe, accessible care for my child. If I had other options I would explore them, but they don’t exist!