Child Care Policies
We are not ready to meet with government on this yet – recommend we do more research.
The current Child Care policies need to be redrafted since they do not appear to meet current needs of children, families or the community – recommend a shift to “Family Friendly’” policies.
To help to initiate policy development process (example)
Link policies appropriately with Social and Economic aspects.
Approach government with a strong, united voice
Recognize and focus some energy on the gaps such as:
The intent of new policy would be to facilitate the return to the workforce (paid or unpaid) by removing barriers such as child care costs and lack of choice.
Overall recurring theme - Current policy development is based on short-term goals whereas the need is to plan for long-term outcomes - the only effective way to have social policy expenditures eventually result in substantial dividends.
We want Healthy Communities and the government wants to invest in people. Therefore, we wish to invest in the community by addressing the issues of Health Card. The policy is a good one that can help to remove or decrease some barriers to employment. Similarly, losing the card or not having one at all creates a huge barrier. Such a policy can meet goals of both levels of government, and the community - all want healthier communities and know the benefits of good health and sound employment. The current policy requires improvement – we would like to engage all stakeholders in a comprehensive review.
Issues with the current programs include
Those who need to be at the table include
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