October 27th will mark the 10th annual Day of Appreciation for Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators in Ontario.
Ottawa (27 Oct. 2010) – The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with communities across Ontario in recognizing the valuable contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators to the development of children, families and communities.
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) has developed a package of materials for use in marking October 27th as the 2010 Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day.
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The OCBCC has developed an electronically editable Certificate of Appreciation. The certificate states: “In recognition of all child care workers who provide quality care to children and families and allow parents the opportunity to improve their quality of life and contribute to Canadian Society. Your daily efforts in the delivery of quality care is appreciated by families and communities province wide.”
NUPGE is encouraging people to print out a certificate and present it to a child care worker or early childhood educator as a way of saying thank you for all they do and the difference they make in children’s lives.
“At the same time as we acknowledge the valuable contributions of these dedicated workers, I also encourage all Canadians to join with the National Union in continuing to lobby both provincially and federally for a national, universal early learning and child care program,” says James Clancy, NUPGE national president.
“A national early learning and child care program is the best way to ensure our children have every opportunity to develop physically, emotionally and linguistically. It also would ensure that the dedicated workers in this field have decent working conditions and proper wages and benefits.”
The OCBCC advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, regulated child care in Ontario. It is a non-partisan public awareness and advocacy group with broad membership including the education, labour, student and women’s and francophone communities.
The National Union and its Component, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), have proudly contributed to the OCBCC’s efforts to establish a day of appreciation for child care workers and early childhood educators for several years.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.