Money goes to all day Kindergarten at the expense of community powered agencies.
- acknowledges tension between Strong Start drop-in programs in school run by the Ministry of Education and non-government services like family drop-ins
- expires July 1, 2010
Letter and emails from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development:
- Jan 21, 1010. Ministry of Children and Family Development – memorandum (PDF): “contracted services budget management“
States that “preference will be given to agencies that provide a continuum of MCFD services to support an integrated approach to service delivery.” An “integrated approach” refers to a “new paradigm” policy of “shared responsibility” between the state and parents in child rearing combined with “strong partnership with the private sector.
- Jan 25, 2010. BC Ministry of Children and Family Development – (PNG): E-mail to organizations about upcoming cuts
- Feb 3, 2010: E-mail to organizations about meeting on February 12, 2010—same day as Olympics open
In The News
Burnaby Now article Feb 10, 2010: “Looming cuts worry Burnaby Family Place“ (broken link)
Vancouver Sun article Feb 12, 2010: Province to cut $10 million from community services for children, families (broken link)
Feb 15, 2010: CBC radio interview with Helen Ward, Kids First President on all-day Kindergarten, and BC government cuts to family services as part of an “integrated approach.” (broken link) Go to 1:02 to hear interview
Burnaby Now blog: Ministry of Children and Family Development warns of cuts to come (broken link)