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Toronto–Tomorrow dozens of communities across Ontario are honouring the contribution child care workers make to improving the lives of our children and more than 40 municipalities have proclaimed October 24 as Child Care Worker Appreciation Day.

These dedicated workers- our early childhood education teachers, the cooks who make the meals and the other support staff who work in our regulated municipal child care centres, deserve to be honoured and recognized. They are doing a wonderful job of nurturing generations of our children. They more than deserve recognition.

But daily these workers are dealing with the impacts of a child care system that is under threat and is chronically underfunded by all levels of government, says Sid Ryan the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 24) at 10:30 a.m., Ryan and Mary-Anne Bedard with the Ontario Child Care Coalition, will recognize the contribution of the staff at the Hester Howe Child Care Centre, 100 Queen West, New City Hall, 1st floor.

The two will release a new report entitled Stepping up for Child Care. The report compiled by CUPE and the coalition is based on the findings from an 11-community tour detailing the detrimental effects of provincial downloading on child care.

Editors please note: (Flowers will be presented to the Hester Howe Child Care workers in honour of the work they do).

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For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774