First Call has endorsed the $10 A Day Child Care Plan proposed by the Early Childhood Educators of BC and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. In the lead up to the provincial election they have prepared an election mobilization guide:
Dear Members and Supporters,
As we near the end of 2012, no party seeking your vote in the May 2013 provincial election has yet made a commitment to implement the $10 A Day Child Care Plan. When asked, they say they are still working on the platforms they will take into the election campaign. The good news is that we still have time to influence those platforms.
During the next few weeks, our goal is to make sure that every candidate from every party hears that voters in their riding support the $10 A Day Child Care Plan. That way, when party platforms are discussed, your candidates will have a stake in ensuring a strong commitment to child care.
As a supporter of the $10/day Plan for Early Care and Learning we are asking you to visit:
- Your MLA if they are seeking re-election (find your MLA)
- The declared candidates from all the major parties (Check the party websites for updates on candidates, including the Liberals, NDP, Conservatives, and Green Party. Candidates are still in the process of being chosen in some ridings.)
Tell them that:
- Families in your community face a daily challenge finding affordable, quality care;
- The Community Plan for Early Care and Learning is the solution and it has huge support across the province;
- Old approaches like the broken subsidy system don’t work;
- Voters will decide based on the child care commitments they make; and
- We don’t expect them to do it all at once – we do expect them to begin immediately.
Take a friend, a parent, or a representative from one of the organizations in your community that supports the Plan (see list). Leave a package of:
Let us know who you visit and how it goes by e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Help us make the $10 A Day Child Care Plan a top election issue next spring!