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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 12, 2010

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

October 1, 2009

'Over the long term, every $1 invested in quality child care programs returns $2.54 in benefits to society.' - CCAAC.

September 27, 2009

'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.

September 17, 2009

'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.'

September 8, 2009

Working with health and social development departments to come up with a plan in case centres are forced to close.

May 28, 2009

'Child care is a critical piece of the puzzle for many Manitobans these days.' - Gord Mackintosh, family services and housing minister.

May 11, 2009

NDP again asks Parliament to pass legislation that would lay a foundation for a national child care system. 

April 22, 2009

Canada has one of the lowest child care access rates in the industrialized world and fees are among the highest.

February 11, 2009

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'.

December 14, 2008

Survey of child care standards in 25 developed countries