NL NDP recognizes ECEC National Day of Action

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill - Quidi Vidi)

October 8 marks the Child Care Association of Canada’s National Day of Action for Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers. The NL NDP recognizes the important work of ECE workers, and supports policies that will make for more effective, accessible child care.

“We know that in order to have high quality early childhood education, we must have high quality early childhood educators,” said NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi). “A quality workforce – which would be supported in a public program similar to our K-12 system – hinges on adequate training and compensation.”

Michael recognizes the difficulty many parents have in accessing quality childcare, noting that parents in St. John’s can pay between $1,000 and $1,500 per month per child in a registered daycare centre. “That’s just not realistic for a lot of families,” she said.

“Provincially, the NDP would like to see a real plan for affordable, publicly-funded and administered child care that will provide the training and compensation workers in the sector need,” said Michael.

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