'Government needs to step forward with a comprehensive plan to ensure that quality care and education for our young children is here now and in the future.' - Shelley Ward.
The National Union has worked for many years to promote the need for a universal, affordable and high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program in Canada. Research shows access to quality child care enhances children’s development in every way – intellectually, physically, emotionally and linguistically. The National Union believes the establishment of an ECEC program is an investment in our future and our greatest resource – our children.
The National Union also continues to advocate to ensure that early childhood educators are compensated and recognized for the invaluable work they perform with Canada’s children. These dedicated workers often endure low wages, difficult working conditions and high levels of job insecurity. The National Union will continue to highlight the fact that the lack of proper wages and benefits, and the lack of respect and recognition, are driving child care workers and early childhood educators out of their field.
News stories on Child Care
Dismal 15th ranking out of 17 developed countries. Only Japan and the United States were worse. The top-ranked countries are Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
'The decrease in provincial budget funding for child care is most likely a result of the Harper Conservative government’s 2006 cancellation of the bilateral agreements.'
Working with health and social development departments to come up with a plan in case centres are forced to close.
'Child care is a critical piece of the puzzle for many Manitobans these days.' - Gord Mackintosh, family services and housing minister.
NDP again asks Parliament to pass legislation that would lay a foundation for a national child care system.
Canada has one of the lowest child care access rates in the industrialized world and fees are among the highest.
Conservative government is paying lip service to improving the lives of women even as it refuses to support pay equity, child care and economic measures that support women's equality. So the Canadian Labour Congress is sending each Member of Parliament a gift of chocolate lips with an accompanying note - 'women are tired of lip service'.
(Jan 27, 2009) -- 'Everyone except the prime minister seems to understand that big problems require bold solutions. Canada needs a large-scale fiscal stimulus.'
Survey of child care standards in 25 developed countries