FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2014
Quality care in Early Years critical for positive outcomes
WEST VANCOUVER – BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) is renewing the From Seed to Cedar Awareness Campaign for Childcare Month in May.
The campaign goal is to raise awareness about the need for high quality Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Care (AECDC) programs and recognize the work of all Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) across the province.
All levels of government, including First Nations leadership, must make children a priority; especially underserved Aboriginal children. The campaign calls on all community leaders to learn more about the needs of AECDC programs in their communities and become champions on the municipal, provincial and national stage. BCACCS encourages early childhood educators, parents, and community organizations to use the campaign resources to raise awareness, promote dialogue, and advocate for support from leaders and elected officials.
Quality early childhood development and care is a key factor in creating economic stability. Time and time again, studies show the positive effects of quality early years programs with an increase in economic stability, higher graduation rates, healthy lifestyle and better mental health outcomes, and a chance for children to thrive. With 50 percent of Aboriginal children living in poverty in BC and the largest portion of the Aboriginal population being 0-14 years there is a real opportunity to create a safe, healthy developmental environment that nurtures them and allows them to fulfill their potential. This can only be accomplished through consistent, dedicated early years government funding and support.
“The From Seed to Cedar Awareness Campaign champions that the most at risk population (Aboriginal children) is entitled to culturally relevant programs and policies that support our young children and their families,” notes Mary Teegee, BCACCS president, “I believe that with greater, sustained support for quality, culturally relevant care, our children will thrive.”
Children are our future. Wear a green ribbon on May 20th to show your support. Learn more about how AECDC supports thriving communities and become a champion today at www.seedtocedar.com. Join the campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/seedtocedar or Twitter @SeedtoCedar.