Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

November 30, 2009 10:43 ET

Media Release: Peterborough 'Jumps Up' for Public Child Care

Families enjoy afternoon of free fun and music, with a message

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - Children and parents 'Jumped Up' for public child care yesterday at a free children's concert held at Market Hall.

The concert was the sixth stop in the seven-city concert series that is a joint project of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).

"We hope the parents and children of Peterborough have enjoyed this free concert as much as we enjoyed putting it on," says CUPE Ontario 2nd Vice-President Candace Rennick, who attended the event.

More than 250 parents and children filled downtown Peterborough's Market Hall to enjoy music by Juno Award-nominated children's musician Chris McKhool, along with readings by local children's Jan Thornhill.

Children who attended also received copies of 'The Day We Saved Chic-o-Pee Child Care,' a colouring book that features the story of a group of children who spring into action when their child care facility faces closure due to underfunding.

While the focus of the afternoon was on letting kids enjoy themselves, parents were also urged to sign petitions calling on the Province to enhance early learning and care in Ontario.

Parents were also encouraged to get involved in the campaign to press the McGuinty government to fully fund and implement Dr. Charles Pascal's recommendations on improving child care for children up to the age of 12.

'Jump Up for Public Child Care' will make its final stop in Kingston in the New Year.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Ontario
    Candace Rennick
    2nd Vice-President
    705-768-2288
    or
    CUPE Communications
    Kevin Wilson
    416-821-6641