LETTER: Child care too costly for Surrey families

The Editor,

Families in Surrey are paying the highest prices for child care in the province. This does not come as a surprise, as I have heard this concern from parents across the city worried about affordable, quality child care spaces. Families in Surrey need something more than the expensive patchwork of care options in our city.

Click here to read our story on a recent study that showed Surrey has the most expensive child care in the province.

Families are struggling to meet all of their needs and provide their children with the best care possible. I have committed myself to working on this issue and am working with my NDP colleagues to create a national child care program that would charge families no more than $15 per day. It will require a commitment of money from the federal government, but I can think of nothing more important to invest in than our children.

Children and families will not be the only ones to benefit from a national child care program. Money invested in child care creates jobs for early childhood educators and allows parents to return to work.

Children in Surrey and across the country deserve the best start we can give them. Investing in affordable, quality child care will give them access to early childhood education, give families affordable options and help to create a stronger economy.

Jinny Sims, MP Newton-North Delta

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