Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day 2022

This Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day we reached out to parents to share what their educators mean to them. Read what they had to say below: Amber’s Story As a nurse, when I was planning my return to work after my first maternity leave, I was a nervous wreck. I was getting ready to jump back into my role and take care of other families children when they needed it the most, while simultaneously worrying about who was going to take care of my own.That preparation time was spent with frantic calls to friends and family, asking for opinions and suggestions, reading …
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On Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day we owe them action 

On June 8th, the government of Nova Scotia proclaimed June 9th, 2022, to be the inaugural “Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Day.” In this statement, government acknowledged that “our children deserve the best possible start in life to help them develop to their full potential,” and acknowledged that this happens through the “important service that Early Childhood Educators provide.” We know that Early Childhood Educators are the heart of the system, and we are pleased to see this acknowledged on the inaugural ECE Appreciation day, as well as identified in the bilateral agreement. It is unconscionable to continue hastily moving forward while …
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Media Release: Nova Scotia child care system building must stay on track

May 10th, 2022 KJIPUKTUK/HALIFAX—Child care fees are on track to drop substantially across Canada but the rollout across provinces and territories will vary. The federal government promised a 50% fee reduction by the end of 2022 in its 2021 federal budget. According to a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives this morning, Nova Scotia is on the right track – falling short of the target by just under $100 for each age. “The impact that these fee reductions will have on families in Nova Scotia is monumental but the benefit will not be equitable,” says Nikki Jamieson, Coordinator of …
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Commercial child care operators object to Nova Scotia’s ELCC plan

Child care advocates welcomed Nova Scotia’s recently announced plan to transform how licensed child care services are funded and managed, but the province’s commercial providers say the proposed changes will make it more difficult for them to control their businesses including how much they charge parents and what they pay their staff.
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NIKKI JAMIESON: Nova Scotia’s transformational framework, grounded in research

The plan we are seeing in Nova Scotia right now is positioning us for a truly historic and revolutionary change in the way we manage, fund, deliver, and view child care in the province. In a recent announcement, we were informed that Nova Scotia is ahead of target and an immediate reduction on the average of 25% would be retroactively made to families with children in care. The direct impact and benefit it will have for families is unquestionable. We are building the foundation for a comprehensive, evidence based, transformational system and owe our deepest gratitude to activists, ECEs, and …
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