From the 'Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care' website:
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 is the 22nd annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. This day recognizes the commitment, hard work and dedication of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and staff who work with young children. Each year, the day is proclaimed by The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), municipalities and school boards across Ontario, and is marked by hundreds of child care centres, unions, and allies.
This year’s Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day theme is Worth MORE!. Appreciation Day will be especially important as we work toward a Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system that includes decent work and pay for ECEs and child care workers. While new federal commitments are beginning to bring more affordable child care to some families, our work must continue to ensure that we solve the child care workforce crisis and truly value the work of ECE and child care workers. We know that to expand the child care system to serve more families and to improve the quality of child care for young children, decent work and pay for child care workers are essential. ECEs’ working conditions are children’s learning conditions.