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Elimination of Provincial Infant and Child Development Offices a Shocking Blow to Child Development in B.C.

Summary: 
The BC Association for Community Living is outraged at the BC Government's recent decision to eliminate the Provincial Advisor Offices of the Infant Development Program, Aboriginal Infant Development Program and the Supported Child Development Program.

This cut comes at the heels of other devastating cuts to supports and services for children and youth with special needs, including the recent loss of the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) program.

Read the full press release here.

Other Resources:

Article in the Victoria Times Colonist, Oct. 5: B.C. children's minister sacks disabled kids program advisors

Transcript from Question Period, October 5, 2009

Press release from the IDP Provincial Office

Letter from Dana Brynelsen, IDP Provincial Coordinator

CTV Report

First Call Child and Youth Coalition Update

"A BC Liberal government will increase emphasis on early childhood intervention programs for families with special needs children." -- BC Liberal Party election platform, 2001

Recently announced provincial cuts include (compiled by the First Call Child and Youth Coalition):

  • Elimination of the Supported Child Development provincial office and the Infant Development Programs provincial office;
  • Elimination of the Healthy Choices in Pregnancy initiative, which focused on reducing FASD; and
  • Elimination of Books for BC Babies, a program that provides books for every baby born in the province.

These cuts are in addition to those reported earlier in September:

* Reduction of minor capital grants for child care centres;

* Elimination of the annual facility grants for schools;

* Increase in Medical Services Plan premiums (an added cost to families and to employers including school districts and social service agencies);

* 22% reduction in provincial funding for libraries;

* Cuts to Parent Advisory Councils; they will receive 50% of the funds from gaming grants that they received last year, money that normally goes towards libraries, play equipment, and uniforms. District PACs will also have their funding cut in half;

* Additional cuts to gaming grants that normally fund social services, arts, and sports programs;

* CommunityLINK funding for inner city schools to provide student support and school meals has been moved into the gaming fund and reduced;

* Cuts to aid for post-secondary students by 14%;

* Harmonized Sales Tax will add to social service provider costs;

* Elimination of the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention