Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

October 26, 2010 06:00 ET

Workforce Shortages Threaten Child Care and Full Day Kindergarten: Not Enough Early Childhood Educators to Fulfill Government Plan for Full-Day Learning

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2010) - At full implementation, Ontario's full-day early learning kindergarten program will employ 20,000 early childhood educators working as part of a teaching team in Ontario schools.

However, even today, there is a significant workforce shortage of early childhood educators. According to the Child Care Human Resource Sector Council, in 2007, there was a shortage of 1035 early childhood educators in Ontario, a problem that has grown with time.

Early childhood educators are specialists in caring and educating young children.

Advocates will call for a labour force strategy to bring more people into the field as well as ensuring wages and benefits that recognize the education, skills and experience of early childhood educators.

Without a labour force strategy, the government's plans for full-day learning kindergarten programs will not succeed and community-based child care programs will continue to face a staffing crisis for trained and qualified early childhood educators. 

WHO:   Tracy Saarikoski, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
    Fred Hahn, Canadian Union of Public Employees
    Marie Kelly, Ontario Federation of Labour
     
WHAT:   Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
     
WHERE:   Queen's Park Media Studio
     
WHEN:   Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

Contact Information

  • OCBCC
    Andrea Calver
    416-538-0628 Ext. 4 or cell: 416-434-8031
    or
    Canadian Union of Public Employees
    Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
    416-599-9300