Tuesday, October 17th, 2023, is the 23rd annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. This day recognizes the commitment, skills and hard work of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and staff who work with young children. Each year, the day is proclaimed by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), municipalities and school boards across Ontario, and is marked by hundreds of child care centres, unions, and allies.
This year’s Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day theme is WORTH MORE! This Appreciation Day will be important as we continue to navigate the implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system and push for it to include decent work and pay for ECEs and child care workers. They deserve decent work and pay.
To fulfil the promise of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system we need to ensure high-quality spaces for every family who needs it. We have seen how affordable child care is life-changing for many families, but we need to make that possible for all. To make that vision a reality we need to expand access to child care by building new programs – but most importantly we must ensure that we retain, re-attract and recruit ECEs and child care workers with decent work and fulfilling careers to lead these vital, educational programs.
The Town of Carleton Place has two (2) municipal child care facilities with programs for infants all the way up to school-age children. The Town employs 70+ Child Care and Early Childhood Educators. Please take the time to stop and thank one of the Town’s many child care workers on Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day.