VANCOUVER—The Week of Action on Childcare has raised awareness about the need for fully-funded early care and learning programs in B.C. and across Canada.

Advocates have been quoted in media reports this week saying that a provincially-sponsored program would allow more parents to work and contribute to the economy, while the Rethink Child Care campaign has produced a calculator that estimates how much parents would save if they had access to $15-a-day childcare funding.

In Vancouver last weekend, CUPE members were among the throngs of parents and children who marched along Commercial Drive from 14th Street to Charles Avenue, stopping at Grandview Park for a rally. The event was one of several around the province, organized by the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of B.C., calling for affordable childcare.

For photos of the Vancouver rally, visit the gallery.