One of the many realities not mentioned in the finance minister’s Budget Speech this year is the fact that government continues to ignore the desperate lack of licensed childcare spaces available in the province for working parents, says NDP Education and ECE Critic Lorraine Michael.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants government to demonstrate its appreciation for the work of early childhood educators by establishing a provincial minimum salary and benefits for those who do that work.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) said she was pleased to see the Progressive Conservative government adopt yet another long-standing NDP policy initiative by moving towards putting early childhood development under the Department of Education. It has been something New Democrats have been pushing for many years.
NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) said government has to wake up to the fact that universal child care and full-day kindergarten will be a necessary component of a successful Provincial Population Growth Strategy.
Government had announced a series of public community workshop consultations on developing this strategy earlier in the week.
NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says lengthy waitlists for assessment and diagnosis are blocking access to appropriate childcare for pre-school children.
“This government's waitlists for pediatric assessment and diagnostic services are preventing pre-school children from getting the quality of childcare they need,” Kirby said in the House of Assembly today.
NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) had questions in the House of Assembly today for the Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services regarding her announcement on Friday of a supplement increase for Level II Early Childhood Educators working as operators in child care centres.