'This plan needs to go farther and set more ambitious targets with clear and transparent measures for accountability and oversight.' - Darryl Walker.
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
BCGEU also negotiates new collective agreement at St. James Daycare Society.
New regulated child care system goes into effect across the province in September.
Union represents more than 1,500 workers in over 100 child care centres across the province.
'The report shows there’s a lot more at stake than lost child care spaces.' - Andrea Calver.
Program will cost $1.5 billion when fully rolled out by 2015, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
'Over the long term, every $1 invested in quality child care programs returns $2.54 in benefits to society.' - CCAAC.
'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 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.