HELP Talks Child Care in British Columbia

September 26th, 2019
9:30am to 12:00pm
Michael Smith Laboratories Lecture Theatre, Room 102, UBC
2185 E Mall, Vancouver, BC

Please RSVP to

Join us September 26th for our next HELP Talks. This month’s presentation is entitled Child Care in British Columbia: Research, Advocacy, and Commitment to System Transformation. Historically, in BC, as in most of Canada, regulated child care has been in short supply, of varying quality and unaffordable for many families. Recently, however, child care in BC is undergoing a paradigm shift with the current provincial government’s commitment to developing a universal child care system for all who need or want it. For this HELP Talk, we are fortunate to have two of BC’s foremost child care experts, Jane Beach and Lynell Anderson. They will tell the story about how, through ongoing research and advocacy, we are now in the midst of substantial change in child care policy and programs in BC, with the potential for system transformation and a better life for families with young children. They will also discuss the elements necessary for a universal system, what progress has been made to date and what challenges remain to be addressed.

Hosted by Dr. Barry Forer, Research Associate at the Human Early Learning Partnership, SPPH, UBC


9:30am to 9:45am
Welcome and Introductions

9:45am to 10:30am
What We Know About Effective Early Childhood Education and Care – A Context for BC
Jane Beach, Research and Policy Consultant, Early Childhood Education and Care Talk

Jane will provide a context for the provision of early childhood education and care in British Columbia and an overview of the key roles and responsibilities for the development and delivery of early childhood programs.  She will discuss lessons from international reviews and approaches, key issues and major policy developments in Canada, wrapping up with considerations for a universal system of early childhood education and care. 

10:30am to 10:45am

10:45am to 11:30am
Early Childhood Education and Care in BC – New Commitment to System Change
Lynell Anderson, CPA, CGA, Public Policy Researcher and Community Engagement Specialist Talk

Lynell will tell the story of how BC came to be one of the few provinces in Canada that is committed to - and currently implementing - universal child care (ECEC). She will share highlights of the research and advocacy strategies that built public and political support for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, and analyze the rollout of universal child care in BC in relation to the policy lessons and considerations that Jane introduced.

11:30am to 12:00pm
Discussion about where we are going provincially and how that potentially relates to HELP’s work.