Whereas: Investments in child care stimulate the local economy and create jobs. Every $1 invested in childcare in Manitoba returns $1.58 to rural and northern economies and $1.38 to the Winnipeg economy. For every childcare job created, 2.15 other jobs are created or sustained. Childcare affects over 12,700 households in Winnipeg alone, allowing mothers and fathers to work or study, and to earn an estimated $715 million per year. Accessible and affordable childcare is a major factor in helping women access education, training and paid work and therefore helps to reduce women’s poverty and child poverty. Wages for child care assistants and Early Childhood Educators brings money to families and the local economy.
Whereas: High quality early learning and child care services promote healthy child development, identify children with additional support needs and provide enhanced early intervention programs, and assist parents in their important role as their child's first teacher.
Whereas: The Online Child Care Registry indicates demand for child care services by age and by community. According to the Registry, there are at least 11,400 children on the wait list for child care spaces. Wait times range from months to years across all age groups. The distribution of childcare services tends to advantage higher-income neighbourhoods with greater social capital and disadvantage lower-income neighbourhoods.
Whereas: It is difficult to attract and retain a diverse and qualified child care workforce which creates an imbalance between the number of new spaces and the availability of the childcare workforce. The majority of child care centre employees are 3 to 5 years behind in competitive wages.”Around 30% of licensed child care centres still cannot recruit employees with the qualifications required by the Community Child Care Standards Act.
Whereas: There is a pressing need for culturally and linguistically appropriate services for Aboriginal, Francophone and other minority communities. This requires more resources and training supports for Aboriginal, Francophone and other minority communities to get into the childcare profession.
Whereas: The Government of Manitoba is committed to reducing poverty through the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act. The All Aboard Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion strategy has identified Early Childhood Development and Parenting Supports as a priority area that the strategy will focus on between 2012-2016.
Be It Resolved That:
CCEDNet Manitoba work with the child care sector to urge the Province of Manitoba to:
Create enough new licensed early learning and child care spaces to meet the demand for child care services as determined by the Online Child Care Registry, with priority given to creating child care spaces in lower-income neighbourhoods including in rural and Northern communities.
Fund a provincial salary scale that is at current market competitive rates and that applies to all child care professionals.
Invest in resources and training supports to recruit, train and retain Aboriginal, Francophone and Visible Minority communities to the childcare profession.