Child Care

Child careThe National Union has worked for many years to promote the need for a universal, affordable and high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)  program in Canada. Research shows access to quality child care enhances children’s development in every way – intellectually, physically, emotionally and linguistically. The National Union believes the establishment of an ECEC program is an investment in our future and our greatest resource – our children.

The National Union also continues to advocate to ensure that early childhood educators are compensated and recognized for the invaluable work they perform with Canada’s children. These dedicated workers often endure low wages, difficult working conditions and high levels of job insecurity. The National Union will continue to highlight the fact that the lack of proper wages and benefits, and the lack of respect and recognition, are driving child care workers and early childhood educators out of their field.

 


News stories on Child Care

November 18, 2016

The NDP promised to make child care more accessible and affordable during the election campaign, and they are making good on that promise — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

February 12, 2016

Please spare a moment to think about all the Community Service Workers standing ready in case your family needs help or support. In fact, your family is probably already receiving support from one of these workers.

December 11, 2015

The report highlights that high fees are not the only issue. Even if Canadians can afford child care, there are long waiting lists due to the lack of available regulated spaces.

October 7, 2015

There have been some great promises for child care in this election, but the parties are silent on their plans to support well-trained, well-compensated Early Childhood Educators and child care workers.

August 10, 2015

On August 12, 2015 sign a pledge for quality child care that all families can afford and count on.

July 21, 2015

"With the cost of child care upwards of $1200 a month, parents know that their benefit cheque is a drop in the bucket." — Carolyn Ferns, Vote Child Care organizer.

July 13, 2015

*“A big element that the provincial government is missing is that the program will be partially self-financing as more women will be able to go to work.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

May 1, 2015

The campaign asks provincial, territorial, Indigenous and local groups to work together to organize events to draw public attention to child care.

March 10, 2015

“Politicians should recognize that working families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who began her career as an Early Childhood Educator. "This polling shows that it’s time for political leaders to commit to a universal, accessible and publicly funded child care system."

November 14, 2014

"We are part of the growing movement that is tired of waiting for politicians to catch up with the needs of Canadian families. We need a national child care program, and we need it now." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.