CUPE child care workers are in both stand alone and more often multi-sector locals. CUPE represents early childhood care and educators, assistants, cooks, and cleaners in the sector. The locals tend to be small and the wages very low. The employers can be either parent-run boards or for-profit employers.

CUPE represents many early childhood educators (ECE) delivering child care programs in other sectors.

  • We represent 2,020 school aged child care members in Quebec who are employed by the school boards.
  • In Ontario, we represent almost 4,400 full-time equivalent ECE members who deliver the full-day kindergarten program.
  • In BC we represent 350 members who deliver the StrongStart early learning drop-in program helping prepare children for kindergarten.

Many Ontario municipalities deliver child care programs directly and CUPE represents about 2,000 members that are employed in their child care centres. We also represent child care workers at university and colleges that directly provide child care services. Finally many multi-services agencies deliver child care programs where CUPE represents the members.

In total, CUPE estimates that we represent 12,000 members that work in the sector or work delivering ECE programs. We represent members in the child care sector for every province except PEI and New Brunswick.