Not-for-profit child care provides better quality care

Sharon Gregson, Vancouver Sun

Re: Corporate-sponsored child care relieves worry for parents, May 10

I’m really concerned that your article on Kids & Company really read more like an advertisement for a profitmaking corporation rather than an examination of the pros and cons of this type of care.

There is a strong body of research nationally and internationally that indicates quality child care is more likely to be found in a not-for-profit situation.

Many experts in the sector are very clear that corporate big-box chain daycare centres are not the solution to the current child care crisis.

Clearly there is a crisis; for parents paying the high fees you quote in your article, a crisis for staff earning lousy wages and a crisis for kids who have low-quality care.

The Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning, as suggested by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, proposes fees of $10 a day for parents and wages of $25 an hour for staff. …