Thank you to all the Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers who are dedicated to shaping our future! We appreciate you.
This year we had our most successful CCWAD ever, with over 20,000 free materials shipped to centres and supporters across the province.
This year's theme was Shaping Our Future to highlight the special role that ECEs and child care staff play in the lives of children, families and communities. Our theme also speaks to the importance of the early learning and care workforce in shaping our own future, and the future of our sector.
Child Care Worker and ECE Appreciation Day is a day to celebrate the workforce and also to call for stronger government investment to build a real early learning and child care system that provides high quality, affordable education and care for families, as well as decent work for educators.
Let's treat every day like its Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Worker Appreciation Day. Here are some things you can do in under 15 minutes to stand in solidarity with educators:
- Share this amazing video made by our interns Maria Bui and Dechen Kutsabp! Click on the image below. Don't forget to use the Hashtag #childcarecantwait
- Share these memes, or make your own! You can share these with friends on Facebook, start a conversation with a local leader on Twitter and bring awareness about the importance of joining the movement for decent work and universal child care.
- Write a letter to your MPP or local leader!
Click here for a list of MPPs and their direct email contact. We have also written a template for you to use when contacting your local leaders and MPPs. It's an easy and effective way to let them know that child care matters to everyone!
(Name and Title of the MPP you are contacting)
I am writing to you today regarding the Ontario government’s recent Throne Speech promise of 100,000 new licensed child care spaces. This is a positive commitment and a good step forward. However, I am concerned that there has been no commitment to ensuring that these spaces are affordable for parents or that they provide decent work for educators.
What is increasingly clear is that Ontario very much needs to formulate a well-designed child care policy—beginning without further delay to develop a comprehensive evidence-based long-term plan for the universal, high quality early childhood education and care system that families and children need in 2016.
If not, Ontario families and service providers will continue to be beleaguered by an antiquated and deteriorating child care situation. The challenges of high fees, low availability, quality challenges, poor workforce conditions, reliance on unregulated care all stem from the privatized child care market that Ontario clings to instead of building the publicly-managed, adequately funded, evidence-based system that can deliver what modern families and children need.
There is no better time than now. As the federal government is once again indicating willingness to be a partner, Ontario must seize the opportunity to be a leader in developing a strong early learning and child care framework.
I call on the Ontario government to begin this work now. A solid foundation for an early childhood education and care system has been proposed by cross-Canada child care groups: A Shared Framework for Building an Early Childhood Education and Care System for All envisions an ECEC system that can grow to meet the needs of families, children and the child care workforce in each province and territory. We call for a transparent process for transforming the current child care patchwork into a comprehensive system.
Moreover, the government’s recent commitment to developing 100,000 spaces needs to be more than just a space expansion. We need government investment to strengthen our child care system and ensure affordability for all families and good wages and decent work for educators.
The Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 commits Ontario to “a system of responsive, safe, high quality and accessible child care and early years programs and services will support parents and families, and will contribute to the healthy development of children”.
To make this commitment into reality, we need a well-formulated action plan to get the architecture right and build a real child care system.
We call on you to do the right thing for Ontario’s children and families, can we count on your support?
- We could not do the work that we do without your support and annual membership. As a small staff of two, we rely on membership from across the Province to help sustain our organization and work. There are many benefits to becoming a member, click on the image below for more information.