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This year will mark the 12th Anniversary of our Awareness Day, which recognizes the education, skills, commitment and dedication of Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Staff.
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and our other labour partners representing child care workers across Ontario are asking that Wednesday, October 24, 2012, be proclaimed as Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. Such a day allows the community to recognize the work of various groups and to acknowledge the contributions they make in the lives of community members.
Many children, families and communities benefit from the work of early childhood educations and child care workers. Child care also contributes to the economic life of communities. Research shows the many economic benefits accrued from affordable, accessible high quality child care. These benefits come from the number of people employed in the child care industry and because the availability of child care allows parents to work and to contribute to the economic life of society.