There have been some great promises for child care in this election, but the parties are silent on their plans to support well-trained, well-compensated Early Childhood Educators and child care workers.
Toronto (7 Oct. 2015) — Vote Child Care 2015 has called a national day of action on October 8, 2015, to recognize that Early Childhood Educators and child care workers (ECEC) are the key to high quality child care.
Election promises for child care but nothing about the workers
Child care has been a key election issue and has been discussed by all major parties! Vote Child Care has collected the publicly available details of each party’s child care platform and compared them to the key components of their Vision.
There are some great promises for child care in this election but the parties have been silent on their plans to support a well-trained, well-compensated ECEC workforce.
On October 8, 2015, ECECs and supporters across Canada will change their Facebook and Twitter profile photos to the Key to Quality image (see above).
"Your awesome is showing" initiative
Vote Child Care 2015 is also encouraging child care centres, parents and ECEs to appreciate each other on October 8 by participating in the “your awesome is showing” initiative.
Child care centres, parents and ECEs are encouraged to make a conscious effort to recognize the truly amazing work that ECECs do everyday. One action suggested is taking photos and sharing them on Facebook and Twitter with the #VoteChildCare2015 hashtag (please download Vote Child Care 2015 permission form if children or families are included in the photos).
Download the Photobooth sign and other shareable materials (at Vote Child Care 2015) to send a message to Canada’s political parties about the importance of a strong and professional child care workforce.
Early Childhood Educators matter because
- They are the key to QUALITY in a national child care program.
- Professional wages and working conditions are the number one indicator of quality in child care.
- Child care can’t work without them!
- The quality of child care is only as good as the people who deliver the program!
- They deserve recognition, respect and decent wages!
- They are the people who make sure children get the highest quality education and care.
- They support parents who can go to work with peace of mind that their children are learning and well cared for.
Those at Vote Child Care 2015 hope this will remind each party and every candidate that professional wages and working conditions are the number one indicator of quality in child care.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE