The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Barnes:
Whereas accessible, affordable and quality childcare is essential to the health
and well-being of the city of Vancouver’s children and families;
Whereas child development and childcare play a crucial role in the economic stability of our city;
Whereas it is critical that all levels of government, including those at the local level, and the private sector take an active partnership in ensuring successful child development opportunities;
Whereas the establishment of a Joint Council on Childcare between the Council, School Board and Park Board led to the creation of more than 600 new childcare spaces between 2002 and 2005, exceeding the original goal of a 5% increase, since being re-established in 2009 has exceeded the goal of a 5% increase in the number of childcare spaces;
Whereas the Joint Council on Childcare has played an important advocacy role for early care and learning policy and increased funding from other levels of government;
Therefore be it resolved that the Board direct staff to reinstate the Joint Council on Childcare and renew its goals, and previously adopted Terms of Reference (attached as Appendix A), along with an objective of an increase of 500 childcare spaces, at a minimum, in the next three years.