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Covid-19 Update for Child Care Operators / Providers / Partners

April 29, 2020 | Edition 1

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is continuing to work to provide you with timely and up-to-date information as the COVID-19 situation progresses.

To help with this, they have developed a newsletter that will keep you informed of important ministry updates, provide valuable materials and include other news you can use on a regular basis.

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MCFD Covid-19 Update April 29,2020

Thank You From Minister Chen & Minister Conroy

April 22, 2020

View Minister Chen & Minister Conroy's letter to Early Learning & Child Care Professionals.

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Letter From Minister Chen & Minister Conroy

ECEBC's Emily Gawlick Quoted In CBC Article On Child Care

ECEBC's Executive Director Emily Gawlick shares her perspective on child care in the CBC article titled "Struggle to find childcare for B.C.'s essential-service staff highlights fears over sector's future" published April 7, 2020 on the CBC website.

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Letter From Minister Rob Fleming

April 7, 2020

View the letter from Education Minister Rob Fleming

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Letter From Minister Rob Fleming


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Thank-You To Our Early Childhood Educators!

ECEBC heartily applauds you - the early childhood educators and childcare workforce - who have demonstrated such professionalism and dedication throughout this pandemic. You have exhibited courage and strength during these challenging and uncertain times.

ECEBC truly hears you - your stories and your struggles - as you have endeavored to make ethical decisions that ensure the health and safety of children, families, educators, and communities during this crisis. Know that we will continue to walk in solidarity with you to plank the curve and support essential workers.

ECEBC reminds you - to tenderly care for yourself and your colleagues, and by extension, all those working in the childcare and education sectors. Relationships are at the heart of our profession. In these unprecedented times, more than ever, we value our sister organizations, government and community partners at both provincial and national levels.

ECEBC strongly encourages you to make your voice heard. Membership matters! Together we have been the voice of ECE in British Columbia for 50 years, proudly promoting the advancement of professionalism in early childhood education and care. Without doubt, COVID-19 has shown us that we need to mobilize as a professional body with a collective voice that advocates for the provision of high quality, safe, and accessible early childhood programs.

ECEBC needs your help to determine next steps. Please respond to “Deepening our Understanding during COVID-19 pandemic” survey.

The Early Childhood Educators of BC envisions a society where early childhood educators thrive in a supportive community that values childhood and education.

Standing Strong Together!

Violet Jessen- ECEBC Chair

Emily Gawlick- ECEBC Executive Director


ECEBC Is Looking For Your Input

Over the past month ECEBC has received multiple emails, phone calls and messages from members and colleagues. This has guided our work and responses to COVID-19 and informed the public of the impact it has had on early childhood educators and the sector as a whole. We will continue to do this important work.

The following set of questions will give ECEBC more information to determine our next steps. The responses will remain confidential.

Please share widely.

Take Survey

Message To Our Colleagues: ECEBC Requests An Emergency Plan

March 19, 2020

View ECEBC's Letter To Colleagues dated March 19, 2020.

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ECEBC Requests Emergeny Plan

Re: MCFD Covid-19 Child Care Update: March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

View ECEBC's letter regarding the MCFD Covid-19 Child Care Update: March 27, 2020

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Letter Re: MCFD Covid-19 Child Care Update March 27, 2020

Update March 25, 2020

Yesterday we reviewed the ‘COVID-19 Q&A for the Child Care Sector’ document from MCFD and are encouraged by this response. We anxiously await “the development of a detailed guideline to inform child care operators, Early Childhood Educators and licensing officers on implementation of best practice.” As mentioned in the document, “Dr. Henry continues to maintain that child care centres can safely care for children if they are following the prescribed health protocols, and that fewer children at child care centres will reduce the burden on providers and ECEs.” (MCFD March 24, 2020) We require information that will adequately address issues such as ratio, availability of sanitation supplies, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other key policy protocols.

On March 22nd 2020, ECEBC put out a call to our membership through our regional representatives for questions and concerns from our sector regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. ECEBC branch leaders gathered this information and discussed their collective concerns with the ECEBC provincial office. This document is the voice of early childhood educators throughout BC as they navigate the complexities of this pandemic.

Concerns are summarized below:

Practice

  • What does physical distancing look like in child care programs?
  • What are the risks for the children and families I serve
  • What are the risks for myself and my own family
  • How can I be part of flattening the curve during this crisis?
  • How do we support vulnerable families who we know already needed extra support?
  • How do we support children’s mental health and decrease potential for experiences of trauma during the pandemic?

Policy

  • What are the specific COVID-19 policies and procedures for operations and safety?
  • What is the BC government’s current definition of “essential services”?
  • What is the policy for students who are in the middle of their practicum?

Resources

  • Will our insurance still cover us if we operate during the pandemic?
  • How will our programs have access to cleaning supplies, food and other supplies when needed?
  • Will educators receive priority testing for COVID-19 if they display symptoms?

Funding

  • How does the funding proposed by the provincial government not only address operators, but also educators as well as their families?
  • What will the operators obligations be regarding existing government grants and contracts?
  • How do the financial support for child care operators impact their eligibility to other government initiatives such as the small business supports, EI eligibility for workers, etc.
Top Questions

"Our concerns are not complaints, we want clear direction and support [from Government]."

~ Port Alberni Branch


Message To Our Colleagues:

March 22, 2020

ECEBC is looking to hear from BC's Early Childhood Educators.

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ECEBC Requests Emergeny Plan

Re: MCFD Covid-19 Child Care Update: March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

View ECEBC's letter regarding the MCFD Covid-19 Child Care Update.

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ECEBC Requests Emergeny Plan

Message To Our Colleagues: ECEBC Requests An Emergency Plan

March 19, 2020

View ECEBC's Letter To Colleagues dated March 19, 2020.

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ECEBC Requests Emergeny Plan

Message To Our Colleagues

March 18, 2020

View ECEBC's Letter To Colleagues in response to announcements made on March 18, 2020.

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Letter To Colleagues

Message To Our Colleagues

March 17, 2020

View ECEBC's Letter To Colleagues in responses to announcements made on March 17, 2020.

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Letter To Colleagues

Re: COVID-19 Pandemic: Child Care Closures in BC

In anticipation of the news conference for Tuesday, March 17th, ECEBC is stating its position on the inclusion of childcare and early childhood educators related to the strategies to address COVID-19.

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Covid-19 Statement

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