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

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

November 30, 2008

The Superior Court of Quebec has declared unconstitutional two pieces of legislation denying certain home care and child care workers their right to join a union and other labour rights.

November 24, 2008

The Australian experience should teach the Harper government a lesson

October 8, 2008

'Time to vote for the party you trust most to deliver a universal, community-based child care system.'

October 4, 2007

Shelagh Germyn trekking 260 kilometres from Campbell River to Victoria