Oct. 21 marks the ninth annual day of appreciation for child care workers and early childhood educators in Ontario.
Ottawa (20 Oct. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with communities across Ontario in acknowledging the contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators in the development of children, families and communities.
The ninth annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day is being celebrated on October 21, 2009. This year for the second time an award to recognize the importance of child care advocacy work will be presented. This year’s recipient of the 'Excellence in Advocacy' award will be Dr. Charles Pascal who authored the report “With Our Best Future In Mind”.
The report, if fully implemented in Ontario will dramatically improve the services available to all children from infancy to 12 years old. The award will be presented at a Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day celebration event in Toronto.
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Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day is the result of ongoing efforts by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and its members. The OCBCC was founded in 1981 to advocate for universally accessible, quality, non-profit regulated child care in the province of Ontario.
The OCBCC has developed an electronically editable Certificate of Appreciation. The certificate states: “In recognition of all child care workers who provide quality care to children and families and allow parents the opportunity to improve their quality of life and contribute to Canadian Society. Your daily efforts in the delivery of quality care is appreciated by families and communities province wide.” Certificate of Appreciation - pdf
NUPGE national president James Clancy is encouraging people to print out a certificate and present it to a child care worker or early childhood educator as a way of saying thank you for all they do and the difference they make in children’s lives.
“I also encourage Canadians to join with the National Union in continuing to lobby both provincial and federal representatives to establish a national universal early learning and child care program in which these dedicated workers can continue to play a key role in shaping our children’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive development,” Clancy says.
The OCBCC membership includes representatives from education, health care, labour, child-welfare, injury prevention, rural, First Nations, Francophone, social policy, anti-poverty, professional, and student and women’s organizations. They serve community-based child care programs, local child care coalitions and coordinate the activities of eight Child Care Action Networks (CCANs) across the province.
The OCBCC has been assisted by several labour partners in its efforts to establish a day of appreciation for child care workers and early childhood educators. These partners include the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), the United Steelworkers (USWA), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
The Coalition is a public awareness organization and a non-partisan political action group, which works to bring the benefits of early childhood education and care to the attention of the public and policy makers.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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.
- Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Certificate
- Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
- NUPGE and Child Care