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Toronto—This week, dozens of Ontario municipalities will be acknowledging the valuable contribution child care workers make in helping to support working families by providing quality care to children in our communities.

Wednesday, October 30 marks the second annual Child Care Worker Appreciation Day across the province. Last year, the first year the day was designated, nearly 70 municipalities recognized the influence, dedication, and commitment of child care workers to children and working families.

“Local governments are struggling to maintain quality, regulated child care programs. Increasingly, municipalities are allying with child workers to advocate for increased provincial funding to ensure working families have access to affordable, quality care for their children,” says Sid Ryan, Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union that represents 5,000 child care workers province-wide.

In Toronto, Child Care Worker Appreciation Day will be celebrated with the staff and children at the Hester How Child Care Centre playground (at Toronto City Hall) on Wednesday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. **If it is raining, the outdoor event will be moved to the child care centre’s indoor facility, located on the first floor of City Hall at the rear of the rotunda.

Toronto councillor and children’s advocate, Olivia Chow and Cheryl DeGras, Executive Director of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) will join Ryan in presenting the Hester How staff with flowers and certificates honouring the valuable work they do. In addition, they will outline the key findings of a recent study of municipal child care delivery plans and detail what municipalities say is needed from the Ontario government in order for the province to pay for its share of child care services.

Many municipalities across the province including Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Bradford, Brockton, Aurora and Goderich—will be celebrating the day with events in their communities.

**Note to Assignment Editors: In addition to outdoor and indoor visuals, those attending the recognition ceremony will walk to the City Hall council chambers where councillor Chow will move to have the Hester How staff officially acknowledged by council.


For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Cheryl DeGras, Executive Director, OCBCC
(416) 538-0628
Olivia Chow, Councillor, City of Toronto
(416) 392-4044
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774