Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

April 29, 2009 15:52 ET

Media Advisory: No to 'Big Box' Daycare Demo Planned for April 30

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - Opponents of so-called 'big box' daycare will be on hand as Canada's largest for-profit childcare provider, Kids and Company, holds an open house at its new Halifax facility.

The event will take place at 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 30 at 3260 Barrington Street (between Richmond and Hanover).

Big Box Child Care is one of the greatest fears of Early Childhood Educators (ECE's). CUPE has helped to campaign against it by inviting keynote speakers from Australia to tour Canada and speak out against it.

Australia is where Canadian-born Eddie Groves built the largest private child care empire in the world. His company, ABC Learning, has since had to declare bankruptcy.

Kids and Company has about two dozen centres, mostly in Ontario and Alberta, and plans to open up three centres in Halifax. Their fees can be as high as $900 a month.

(ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: ECE'S AND THEIR SUPPORTERS WILL BE CARRYING LARGE, COLOURFUL BUILDING BLOCKS, BANNERS AND PLACARDS)

Contact Information

  • CUPE Local 4745
    Lynn Howes
    President
    220-4572 (Cell)
    or
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep.
    John McCracken
    902-455-4180
    902-880-8057 (Cell)