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First Call’s ECD Roundtable

The Early Childhood Development Roundtable brings together early childhood advocates to monitor how public policy and investments are serving our youngest children. Participants share information on the state of services and supports in their local communities and on new developments in their fields of work. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Roundtable Meetings:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Wednesday, Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

* All meetings will be held from 9:30am - 12:00pm at the United Way of the Lower Mainland, 4543 Canada Way in Burnaby.

To be added to our ECD mailing list please contact our office at info@firstcallbc.org



ECD Roundtable Correspondence

First Call’s ECD Roundtable has been engaged in ongoing correspondence with the provincial governmentsince 2007 in response to child care cuts at the beginning of 2007. The Roundtable is advocating for a renewed commitment to and funding for child care, as well as uncovering the details and impacts of one-time only grants awarded to a number of organizations. View this correspondence below, and contact our office if you’d like more information.

November 2012: Letter to Minister McNeil on commercial child care.

January 2012: Reply from Minister McNeil.

February 2012: follow up letter to Minister McNeil on commercial child care.

April 2012:
Reply from Minister McNeil.

March 2011: Letter from Chuck Eamer, Assistant Deputy Minister for MCFD Vancouver Island Region, on their relationship with the First Call Early Childhood Development Roundtable.

February 2011: letter to federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley regarding her comments on child care.

October 2009, a delegation from the ECD Roundtable met with the new Minister of Children and Family Development. Read the follow up letter from this meeting here. The backgrounder on issues of concern prepared by the ECD Roundtable is here.

January 2008: Response from the Assistant Deputy Minister of Children and Family Development on one-time only expenditures.

January 2008: Letter to BC's Representative for Children and Youth requesting assistance in obtaining the full reporting of one-time only spending of child care dollars.

January 2008: Letter to the Comptroller General regarding federal spending on transfers to provinces and territories related to the Bilateral Agreements on Early Learning and Child Care.

December 2007: First Call wrote to the Deputy Minister of Children and Family Development to comment on the Ministry's Good Practice Action Plan.

September 2007: Letter to Executive Financial Officer of MCFD regarding the accounting of one-time only grants and the identification of need for enhancements to existing services.

September 2007: Response from Comptroller General on federal transfers.

September 2007: Letter to Comptroller General regarding federal transfers and government-wide financial policies and procedures.

June 2007: Letter to the Representative for Children and Youth listing early childhood development indicators and targets to monitor.

June 2007: Letter to the Comptroller General regarding the one-time only funding grants. Read the Hansard Excerpts. First Call is tracking one-time only funding here.

May 2007: Auditor General and Comptroller General's response to the letter sent to the Minister of Finance in March.

March 2007: Letter to Premier Gordon Campbell about reduced child care funding and Minister Reid's response.

March 2007: Letter to Carole Taylor, Minister of Finance on the "treatment of federal funds transferred for early learning and child care".

March 2007: Letter to the Representative for Children and Youth on "the impact of cuts to child care".