Daycare Dilemma: A Special Series on Child Care in Vancouver

September 4 - 7

Finding child care is a struggle for many families in Vancouver. Long waitlists and high prices are at the core of the problem. Join us for a special series this week on the Daycare Dilemma on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition and CBC Television. We'll profile innovative ideas and find out why they're not more widely used.

Tuesday September 4
The Early Edition: We'll take a tour of the Ritchie Bros. Auction facility and find out what makes their child care model work.

CBC News Vancouver: Corporate Care - Why do so few companies offer on-site child care for employees? We'll talk with a nurse trying to start one at St. Paul's Hospital and tour Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, one of the few successful facilities. Plus an expert explains why bylaws and restrictions make this option not feasible to many.
Wednesday September 5 
The Early Edition - We'll speak with Pam Preston, the Director of the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, to get the big picture on daycare safety issues.

CBC News Vancouver: Inadequate Inspection - Vancouver Coastal Health has just started publishing daycare inspection results online, but critics are arguing that they are flawed. We'll look into their claims that reports only cover bare basics and overlook quality concerns and why operators are worried they might be red-flagged for things they had already fixed. 

Thursday September 6 
The Early Edition - Victoria Sopik, the CEO of the expanding daycare chain Kids and Company, will join us to discuss the costs of private child care.

CBC News Vancouver: Costly Care - As Kids and Company opens its fifth facility in the Vancouver area, we tally up the costs of child care and debate whether the current $70/day prices of some private companies means that the goal of daycare at $10/day in British Columbia is unlikely.

Friday September 7
The Early Edition - CBC Vancouver reporter Steve Lus shares with us the details of the new timeshare-model at the UBC daycare facility and who can benefit from it.

CBC News Vancouver: Daycare Timeshare - We'll explore the new timeshare style daycare model being set up at UBC that is meant to benefit parents working part-time or from home. Plus, we'll investigate if child care companies could benefit from a similar model. 

Join The Early Edition's Rick Cluff for this special series on CBC Radio One

You can also tune in to CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm with hosts Tony Parsons and Gloria Macarenko for more on this special series. 

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