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OttawaThe recent federal announcement of $2.2 billion over five years under the early childhood development accord is inadequate to support child care which is the so called corner stone to these programs, stated Judy Darcy, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). With the release of the national childcare study called You bet I care the authors highlight that our childcare centres are rated mediocre. This mediocrity is due to the chronic under funding of this vital public service, added Darcy

Child care workers, are front line workers and they know best that excellent care and a supportive learning environment for children comes in well-regulated, licensed not-for profit child care centres. We know from our experience that child care can only be improved when child care providers are paid a decent wage and standards are raised across the system, said Darcy.

Canadian Union of public Employees maintains that the Federal government has a leadership role to play in providing adequate funds for child care in Canada. Talking about a childrens agenda is all well and good, but what parents in Canada need to hear from this federal Liberal government is that the politicians are going to walk the walk and come up with the funding necessary, Darcy said.

need more than hot air from the Federal government. Both providers and users of the child care system need and deserve to have funding that will ensure high quality child care for our children, concluded Darcy.

E represents 485,000 workers across Canada working in health care, airlines, child care services, libraries, social services, municipalities, education and transportation sectors. CUPE is Canadas fastest and largest union.

The studies are available at :

Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications
(613) 237-1590 ext. 268

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