Child care programs need adequate resources to recruit and retain educators and other staff in licensed child care, provide good jobs with fair wages and decent working conditions, and ensure that families have the care and early learning they need. A child care staffing shortage, driven by low wages, is threatening the accessibility of child care for families. Across Ontario, child care centres are closing rooms and limiting enrolment because they cannot retain staff in their programs.
We need a workforce strategy that includes-
- A real salary scale starting at $25 per hour for all child care workers and $30 per hour for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs);
- Benefits and pensions;
- Paid sick days;
- Professional development time;
- Paid programming time.
Join us at Queen's Park on Wednesday, November 30th to call on the Ontario government for a workforce strategy!