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Child care providers: workforce behind the workforce

Thursday May 18, 2022 | VICTORIA, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends


“I want to celebrate and honour all of BC’s child care professionals for the work you do caring for and providing access to early learning opportunities for our children,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, this week.

“I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, sacrifice and dedication.”

In BC, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day was officially recognized on May 17.

“I want to celebrate and honour all of B.C.’s child care professionals for the work you do caring for and providing access to early learning opportunities for our children. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, sacrifice and dedication,” said Minister of State Chen in a statement today.

Workforce behind the workforce:

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Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen, at the opening of the new child care center in Colwood, Dec 6, 2021. [Island Social Trends]

“Child care providers are the workforce behind the workforce and the heart of child care. You are skilled professionals who care for children at the most important time of their lives, and we can’t deliver child care without you. You are key to families, children, communities and the economy,” said Chen in her statement today.

“You enabled parents who are health-care workers to continue working throughout the pandemic – you kept our communities safe and the economy running by caring for our children. I know it’s been a challenging two years and many of you are exhausted. On behalf of all B.C. families, we appreciate you and your extraordinary efforts.”

Shaping young minds:

“Early childhood educators and child care professionals are the first step in shaping the minds of the next generation. You keep kids safe while helping them develop the critical thinking, communication and social skills they need to succeed. You are doing so when the world is facing a pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, war and poverty. Your contributions have the potential to transform and change our collective futures for the better.”

“You do all of this while building meaningful relationships with the children and their families and communities, all while ensuring culturally safe environments. But I know that for too long your skills weren’t appreciated or properly compensated.”

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Investing in child care professionals:

“Investing in child care professionals is investing in children, families and communities. We recognize the important role early childhood educators play in caring for children, and we’re taking steps to ensure you are well supported through enhanced wages, bursaries and professional development opportunities,” says Chen, who has been opening child care centres around the province over the past few years.

Whenever Chen addresses a crowd or media event about child care she is clearly enthusiastic and committed to providing the best opportunities for child care providers, parents and the community.

More to do:

“We know there is more work to do, and we are committed to developing a wage grid that reflects your expertise and the value you provide to our communities. With these supports and more to come, there has never been a better time to explore early childhood education as an in-demand and rewarding career.”

“As we recognize Child Care Provider Appreciation Day in B.C., thank you for sharing your wisdom and expertise, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to fulfill our ChildCareBC vision of making affordable child care a core service that all families can depend on,” said Chen in her statement today.

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