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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

January 13, 2011

Bringing together nearly 17,000 members who work in developmental services, children’s aid societies, child treatment areas, youth corrections and community agencies.

January 12, 2011

Tim Hudak is misleading voters by pretending that an attack on public sector jobs and wages will deal with a financial mess that the financial sector has caused, says James Clancy, NUPGE's national president.

December 5, 2010

Ranks a dismal 17th in the material well-being of children among OECD countries.

November 9, 2010

'The employer is being stubborn and blocking a deal.' - OPSEU.

November 8, 2010

'This plan needs to go farther and set more ambitious targets with clear and transparent measures for accountability and oversight.' - Darryl Walker.

September 9, 2010

BCGEU also negotiates new collective agreement at St. James Daycare Society.

August 10, 2010

New regulated child care system goes into effect across the province in September.

May 4, 2010

Union represents more than 1,500 workers in over 100 child care centres across the province.

February 9, 2010

'The report shows there’s a lot more at stake than lost child care spaces.' - Andrea Calver.

January 12, 2010

Program will cost $1.5 billion when fully rolled out by 2015, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.