Hope Forstenzer’s partner is home with their second child, but for years, scheduling her work around available daycare, and within 40 hours per month was a monthly challenge.
Shannon Labelle and Kevin Forbes live in Vancouver Fairview, with their young son, Neil. Despite applying to daycares within weeks of discovering they were pregnant, Shannon had to leave a career position at UBC to embark on a two-year scramble to patch together the care she needed to let her work part-time.
Caitlin and Owen Black are the owners, architects, and landscapers behind Aloe Designs, and World Reclaimed. They are also the parents of Lucie Ella and Lily Piper. When running a small business and a small family, flexibility is invaluable.
For the last 3 years (or longer), I’ve been collecting stories from families about their ability to find childcare that suits their needs. Whether the challenges were with availability, cost, or schedules, as the “childcare crisis” continues, Vancouver families have been finding ways to make it work. Licensed part-time care could be part of the solution.