Do you know the facts and the statistics on child poverty in Canada?
Our excellent panel offered an eye opening look at the realities of the 16% of children in British Columbia who live below the poverty line. We learned that their health, especially from pre-natal through six (6) years of age, their learning/education and their poverty dictate the path these children will walk down throughout their lives. Their early years affect their brains and bodies biologically, emotionally, physically and psychologically all of which affect their capacity to learn, work and get along with others.
The panel of advocates on October 11th were:
- Dr. Carol Matusicky is a community activist and recently retired Executive Director of the BC Council for Families . She provided an overview of families living in poverty. Did you know that in Vancouver, to support a family, it takes two people working full time for a minimum wage each of $19.14 per hour!
- Pippa Rowcliffe from the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC talked about advances in research on the brain development of young children.
- Sharon Gregson from the Coalition on Child Care Advocacy. Sharon works with advocacy groups at the local and national levels from the point of view of child care. She is deeply involved in advocacy work the $10 a Day Child Care though the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning in BC . More information at: www.ecebc.ca