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CUPE members in BC have praised the provinces NDP government for its $350 million pledge to expand day care and significantly reduce child care costs for tens of thousands of parents.

Barry ONeill, president of CUPE BC, said the expanded program will be a huge help to working people across the province.

The world is changing, said ONeill, and this expanded program recognizes the increasing role that child care is playing in the lives of working families.

Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees Union, CUPEs BC health services division, welcomed the increase in the number of licensed day care spaces making it easier for parents to find high quality, affordable care for their kids.

We also appreciate that the government recognizes theres still more to be done to improve the pay and working conditions for day care workers, Allnutt added.

The B.C. announcement is good news for CUPEs national campaign for better public child care programs across the country.

Every breakthrough helps build our case that where there is political will there is a way, said Judy Darcy, CUPE National President. Now the government needs to take action so that children in every province get the head start that quality child care provides.