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(Halifax) – Child care activists and experts will share information and plan for action at the Halifax stop on a cross-country tour promoting public delivery of child care through school boards or local governments.

Across Canada, parents struggle to find good child care in a patchwork of services that is privatized, fragmented and expensive.

Speakers at the public meeting will discuss how moving to publicly-delivered, early childhood care and education benefits children and parents, boosts the economy and helps stem the tide of for-profit child care.

WHAT: Public meeting on building a public child care system

WHO: Martha Friendly, co-author of a new book, About Canada: Childcare, which outlines how a public system could work in Canada.

Jody Dallaire, from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

WHERE: St. Mary’s University, Sobey Building, Room SB260

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 7:00 pm 

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is organizing the tour, which brings together community activists, parents, academics, child care workers and union members, as part of its national anti-privatization work. Visit cupe.ca/child-care for a backgrounder on public child care, provincial child care profiles and more.

(ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:  Martha Friendly arrives in Halifax the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28 and will be here until mid-day Friday, October 30.)
For information or to arrange an interview: 

Karen Wright                             John McCracken
CUPE ECE                               CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)                   (902) 455-4180 (o)