BC Child Care Advocates in Geneva to Complain to UN

Frustrated with a lack of development on provincial and national childcare programs, advocates are taking their concerns straight to the United Nations. The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) will join a number of Canadian children’s advocates making presentations to the UN working group on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Canada signed in 1990.
Data from UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) over the last 10 years has shown an increase in the vulnerability of children entering kindergarten to 31 per cent from 27 per cent.
“The principal driver of that, the strongest predictor, is in fact the family, social, and economic circumstances, driven predominantly by income characteristics,” said Clyde Hertzman , director of HELP. “There are no neighbourhoods where there are 55-75 per cent of kids who are vulnerable going to school in affluent neighbourhoods, and there are no neighbourhoods with five to 12 per cent vulnerability in poor communities.”

The Tyee, Mon Feb 6 2012, By: Katie Hyslop