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Vancouver Magazine - - Featuring - Aaron Scott Hilde­brandt BY Gil­lian Stevens PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY

Faced with crazy wait-lists and even cra­zier prices for child care in Vancouver, young fam­i­lies are left with few op­tions.

With a short­age of roughly 12,000 child care spa­ces in Vancouver, par­ents are forced to find cre­ative ways to bal­ance their ca­reers and their kids. Ce­ram­ics de­signer Diane Espir­itu adapted to moth­er­hood by child­proof­ing her stu­dio and learn­ing to work with her daugh­ter by her side.

e hous­ing cri­sis isn’t the only fac­tor squeez­ing out Vancouver fam­i­lies. A crit­i­cal lack of child care spa­ces and through-the-roof rates are cre­at­ing an ex­o­dus among our lit­tlest cit­i­zens.

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