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BC’s Path to Universal Child Care

Author: Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

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A podcast featuring interviews with child care advocates, government officials, policy makers, educators, parents and child care organisations in BC, exploring the move toward a universal child care system.
14 Episodes
Welcome to Episode 5 in Season 2 of our BC's Path to Universal Child Care Podcast. We start off the new year with 2 very special guests: Maria Rodrigues and Linda Fong. Maria and Linda are both recipients of the Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. In this episode, we welcome back Gyda Chud to help us acknowledge the incredible changes and practices that Maria and Linda have developed for children, families and educators. Throughout the podcast, we discuss Maria and Linda's exciting nominations, their committed history in the ECE profession, best practices and more.Join us for this inspiring interview. We are looking forward to what the rest of 2023 has in store!
Welcome to Episode 4 in Season 2 of our BC's Path to Universal Child Care Podcast. Today we turn the tables on our Interviewer Extraordinaire Gyda Chud, and ask her about her experiences and learning from her many years in the Child Care Sector. Gyda discusses the importance of sharing stories in retaining and embedding learning, for both children and adults, and then shares with us some of the wonderfully insightful anecdotes she has gathered from her time in the BC early years sector. Gyda also speaks to the many challenges and complexities that come with working in Early Childhood and praises ECEs for their resilience and commitment to uplifting children and families. Join us for an inspirational end to the year, and we'll be back for more in 2023!
Welcome back to Season 2! We are so grateful for your support and interest in this Podcast, as we follow BC's Path to Universal Child Care, along with a series of special guests from the child care community. In Episode 3, Gyda, Nora and Crystal chat with Adrienne Montani - social justice activist, child and youth advocate, past Vancouver School Board chair and Executive Director of First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Society.First Call’s work is guided by the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth and these are: A strong commitment to early childhood developmentSupport in transitions from childhood to youth and adulthoodIncreased economic equalitySafe and caring communitiesGyda and Adrienne chat about child and youth advocacy, child care wins for families, retention and recruitment of Early Childhood Educators in BC and improvements to services and support for families and children.
In this episode, we explore how we find and sustain professional connections and meaning through communities of practice. We talk with Jacqueline Ewonus, Jen Vanderberg, Lisa Nicholson, and Nicky Byres who are working as community of practice mentors with the ECE Professional Development Bursary Program. They share their powerful stories about participating in and leading communities of practice and the transformation that happens. Follow up with Jacqueline, Jen, Lisa, and Nicky through Instagram or Twitter @bc_communities_of_practice. Find out how to get funding for a community of practice at
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre is absolutely thrilled to be celebrating our 35th year and to be able to say that funding child care is finally a priority for all levels of government. We are excited to revisit the government's promises and commitments with a look back at the past 35 years of Westcoast. Our former Executive Directors Maryann Bird, Dianne Liscumb, and Pam Preston discuss how Westcoast both affected change and was impacted by government policy over the past 35 years. For Season 1 and other previous episodes visit or find us wherever you get your podcasts!
Season 2 Update

Season 2 Update


This is a short update on what to expect with our podcast BC’s Path to Universal Child Care in September. It’s been a couple of months since our last episode and we wanted to let all our listeners know what to look forward to. 
In Episode 8 Gyda introduces Stephanie Smith from BC General Employees Union (also known as the BCGEU) to discuss the role of Unions in supporting child care sector during this time of change. Stephanie has been President at the BCGEU since May 2014, but previous to that she had a long career working as both an Early Childhood Educator and as a child care advocate. Stephanie and Gyda chat about the history of the BCGEU in supporting child care professionals, Stephanie's personal experience in the child care sector, the differences for non-profit and for-profit child care providers, the benefits of a unionized workplace and the role of the unions in supporting the next steps on BC's path to universal child care.
Episode 7 of Universal Child Care Podcast welcomes Karen Isaac from BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) to discuss the impacts of the federal Early care and Learning plan and the $10aDay child care plan on Indigenous children and families in BC.Karen joins us to discuss specific challenges facing early care and learning educators working in Indigenous contexts. We examine the provincial and federal child care plans and how they address the needs of Indigenous families and educators, and where there are gaps.Karen shares her 3 Rs for moving forward to place the needs of Indigenous children and Families at the heart of child care changes in BC: Respect, Reconciliation and Redress. We end by acknowledging the challenges but also the hopes and optimism for steps to be taken towards an early care and learning model that address inherent systemic inequalities.
In episode 6 of our podcast charting BC’s Path to Universal Child Care, we explore Child Care Activism and Advocacy with Sharon Gregson, the provincial spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Campaign. Sharon shares her journey to becoming a child care activist and what spurs her on in the campaign for a more equitable child care strategy for children and families.We discuss the history and successes of the 10aDay campaign, what the Federal Government's commitment and funding means for families and care providers in BC, and next steps for people who are interested in advocating for the respect and recognition that child care providers deserve.Listen below or find us on any of your favourite podcast sites to stream or download any of our episodes!You can find out more about child care advocacy at and
Welcome to episode 5! In this episode Gyda welcomes Public Policy Researcher and Community Engagement Specialist Lynell Anderson. In June, 2020 ECEBC and the Coalition published the report Next Step: A Competitive, Publicly Funded Provincial Wage Grid is the Solution to BC’s ECE Shortage which was researched by Lynell. Lynell joins us to discuss the development of a wage grid for the early childhood education sector in BC and to update us on the latest steps toward implementation. You can find out more about child care advocacy at and show your support with 'quick clicks' at
Welcome back to our Podcast and Happy New year! In Epsiode 4, Gyda welcomes her very own 'in real life' sister, Rita Chudnovsky! A tireless child care advocate, Rita talks us through the Roadmap for $10aday Child Care in BC, which is shortly to be released and encompasses over a decade of knowledge and support for high quality, affordable and accessible child care from the Coalition. Rita and Gyda discuss recent updates to the Roadmap, recommendations for action and the next steps in sharing this work with our community and the government. 
Thank you for joining us on the BC’s Path to Universal Child Care podcast! In Episode 3, Gyda  welcomes our colleagues from the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network, also known as the ECPN, to discuss the ways their work brings families and early childhood professionals together in purposeful, mutually beneficial learning situations. Supporting professional development and pedagogical networks and partnerships to implement BC’s Early Learning Framework is part of the four building blocks in the 10-a-day Roadmap to universal child care. Kathleen Kummen, Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Teresa Smith join us to discuss how pedagogists support educators to co-construct curriculum with children and bring to life the vision of the BC Early Learning Framework. We also have information for those looking to work with or become a pedagogist.
Welcome back to BC’s Path to Universal Child Care podcast! In Episode 2, Gyda interviews Emily Gawlick, Executive Director and Sue Irwin, Interim Director of Programs from Early Childhood Educators of BC also known as ECEBC. ECEBC has been the collective voice of Early Childhood Educators in BC since 1969. Emily and Sue give us the current context for issues in the field, the Wage Enhancement incentive, the ECE labour market and also offer some insights into future initiatives and programs from ECEBC.
In this episode, hosted by the incomparable Gyda Chud, our longstanding advocate and expert in child care and founding board member of Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, we interview the Honourable Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. Gyda and Minister Chen chat about the benefits of a Universal Child Care System to many stakeholders, including parents, child care providers and ECE students. 
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