These days, you either need a lot of extra money to pay for high-end child care or a big dose of luck to come across an open spot when you need it.
But better access to quality child care creates a more stable workforce, a more productive workforce and, most importantly, allows families to find spaces for their children that are safe, supportive and beneficial to their emotional well-being and their early education experiences.
Yet somehow, this one just keeps falling to the bottom of the list.
While health care and education are top of mind issues during elections, early childhood education and child care seem to fall under the radar - perhaps because, for many people, it's a few limited years and they simply make do while their children are young.
But we should do better than "making do" - and that's why we applaud the Coalition of Child Care Advocates and their efforts in creating a provincial $10-per-day childcare system with enough spaces for everyone who needs them.
Will it require public funding? Of course, but in the long run, it's the public that will also see the benefit.
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