Early Years StrategyMarch 4, 2013
BC Families Agenda
Building a Sustainable Quality Early Years Strategy to Support BC Families
Early Years Strategy
The Families First Agenda
Communique from Joan Easton,
Executive Director, Early Years, CYSN and Quality Assurance Policy, MCFD
On February 20, 2013 the Premier announced the BC Early Years Strategy. The eight-year strategy is a cross-ministry framework that is guided by the goals of improving the accessibility, quality and affordability of early years programs and services. As valued working colleagues I wanted to be sure that you were aware of the strategy and had access to background materials.
An early initiative will be to map and review the range of existing early years programs and services. This work will support the establishment of a Provincial Office for the Early Years that will solidify a “one-government” approach to the early years. The Office will develop an action plan to put in place an integrated system of early childhood services across the province that provides practical, quality information and support to better meet the needs of busy parents.
There will be continued opportunities for engagement and dialogue. For example, building on previous engagement efforts, including the ECD and Child Care Forums, and the BC Families First website, there will be an early years forum in the Fall of 2013 to obtain feedback and advice from the sector on the framework and action plan.
For more information on the strategy, please refer to the attached background document. We look forward to further discussions.