Vision Vancouver School Board candidates Erin Arnold, Aaron Leung and Allan Wong are announcing a bold new plan today to fast-track at least 400 new not-for-profit child care and early learning spaces in Vancouver with the construction modular child care buildings on school property.

“Supporting affordability for working families has always been a priority for Vision School Board Trustees, including our unwavering support for the $10-a-day childcare plan,” said Erin Arnold. “The Vancouver School Board finally has a BC government committed to universal childcare, and that’s ready to work with school districts and municipalities to create thousands of new childcare spaces in BC.”

“Vision is ready to take immediate action to build more childcare and early learning spaces, and within the first 100 days of taking office, Vision school trustees will direct staff to begin the process of identifying up to 20 school sites for new modular childcare facilities,” said Arnold. “Our message today to the BC government is simple: invest your childcare and early learning capital dollars in Vancouver, and we’ll make the land available on school property within a year.”

Modular childcare spaces are custom, purpose-built facilities for childcare. Similar to temporary modular housing, they are safe, clean, quality buildings with a flexible design that can be built quickly on school properties. There are a number of school sites in Vancouver with space to accommodate modular child care. Following assessments by VSB staff of site suitability and neighbourhood needs, modular child care construction could begin almost immediately with provincial funding and support.

Over the next four years, working in partnership with City Council and Park Board, Vision Vancouver is committed to building another 1,000 units of affordable childcare in the city.

“As a parent of a school age child, I’ve been through the stress of trying to find quality, affordable, accessible child care in my neighbourhood,” said Arnold. “I’ve also heard the harrowing stories of parents who couldn’t find full-time care for their infant or toddler in our city. That’s got to change – now. We need child care that’s accessible for parents, in the neighbourhoods where they live.”

Candidate Aaron Leung says that Vision also supports long-term child care structures on school properties and including child care and before/after school care spaces into the capital plans for new schools. Vision’s plan will deliver immediate help for families on wait lists, and get new infant and toddler child care spaces up and running in modular buildings as soon as possible.

“The choice for Vancouver school board voters is clear - Vision candidates who believe that quality, affordable, and licensed childcare space for not-for-profit operators is essential for both the livability and affordability of our city, or the NPA and other right-wing parties who have no childcare plan,” said candidate and incumbent VSB trustee Allan Wong. “A vote for the Vision Trustee Three on October 20th is a vote for a team that will make sure  families with kids can stay in Vancouver, and not just survive, but thrive.”