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.
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) provide an invaluable service to Canadian children and their families and to the future of our country. These dedicated workers help shape our children’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive development.
Unfortunately, these dedicated workers are subject to low wages, high levels of job insecurity, limited career opportunities and lack of recognition. For example, the earned income for an ECE is half of the national average. They are exposed to physically demanding work, poor physical environments, infectious diseases and stress.
The National Union has and will continue to advocate to ensure that ECEs are properly compensated and recognized for the work they perform.
News on Early Childhood Educators
On August 12, 2015 sign a pledge for quality child care that all families can afford and count on.
*“A big element that the provincial government is missing is that the program will be partially self-financing as more women will be able to go to work.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The campaign asks provincial, territorial, Indigenous and local groups to work together to organize events to draw public attention to child care.
“Politicians should recognize that working families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who began her career as an Early Childhood Educator. "This polling shows that it’s time for political leaders to commit to a universal, accessible and publicly funded child care system."
"What makes UBC Childcare special is the dedication and patience of BCGEU/NUPGE early childhood educators who bring out the best in the kids they care for." — Andrea Duncan, BCGEU Vice-President.
"This day of recognition is an important avenue to show our deepest respect and appreciation for the work that these dedicated child care and early educators do for our children." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"Like universal health care in the rest of the country, universal child care and early childhood education has become almost universally popular in Quebec and it's easy to see why." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The theme for this year's Appreciation Day is Let's Rethink Child Care. Together We Can Make It Better.
Experts agree that a universal high-quality early learning and child care program reduces poverty, boosts the birth rate, provides economic benefits and most of all benefits our children.