Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

October 28, 2009 09:48 ET

Media Advisory: Ending Child Care Crisis Begins With Public Services

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - Child care activists and experts will share information and plan for action at the Halifax stop on a cross-country tour promoting public delivery of child care through school boards or local governments.

Across Canada, parents struggle to find good child care in a patchwork of services that is privatized, fragmented and expensive.

Speakers at the public meeting will discuss how moving to publicly-delivered, early childhood care and education benefits children and parents, boosts the economy and helps stem the tide of for-profit child care.

WHAT: Public meeting on building a public child care system

WHO: Martha Friendly, co-author of a new book, About Canada: Childcare,
which outlines how a public system could work in Canada.

Jody Dallaire, from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

WHERE: St. Mary's University, Sobey Building, Room SB260

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 7:00 pm

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is organizing the tour, which brings together community activists, parents, academics, child care workers and union members, as part of its national anti-privatization work. Visit for a backgrounder on public child care, provincial child care profiles and more.

(ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Martha Friendly arrives in Halifax the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28 and will be here until mid-day Friday, October 30.)

Contact Information

  • For information or to arrange an interview:
    Karen Wright
    John McCracken
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep.