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ECEs and child care workers are WORTH MORE!

Updated: May 15, 2023

Today marks the 22nd annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. Today is a day to celebrate early years professionals and their vitally important work in our communities.

Today we are also joining together to say that ECEs and child care workers are WORTH MORE. We need a provincial workforce strategy and salary scale starting at $25 per hour for all child care workers and $30 per hour for RECEs as part of the new publicly funded Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system.

Here are three ways you can take action to support ECEs and child care workers:

  1. Use our one-click tool to write your MPP and tell them that ECEs and child care workers deserve decent work and pay including a salary scale.

  2. Download and print our Worth More flyer in English and French. Put it on your child care centre’s bulletin board or window. Share it with families. Send it to your MPP.

  3. Save the date for the National Day of Action for the Child Care Workforce on November 30th 2022. ECEs, parents, child care advocates and allies will be raising our voices together from coast to coast to demand decent work and pay for ECEs. In Ontario, we will be organizing Worth More events and actions at child care centres across the province and at Queen's Park. Watch out for updates on the Day of Action.

Click here to read more about our Ontario’s central advocacy group for a universal early childhood education and care system.


#CelebrateEducatorsTO is a campaign run by the City of Toronto, to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of the child care and early years workforce. This appreciation day, we encourage you to share messages of thanks and stories of accomplishments of your childcare and early years workforce using this hashtag #CelebrateEducatorsTO . it's a great way to showcase how you celebrated them.

The 22nd Annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day will kick-off with in-person conference on October 22 and November 12.

As we embark on a new era with the rollout of the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care System, we have an exciting time ahead of us. Your dedication, hard work and commitment have allowed us to continue to be there for children and families and for the sector and to continue to support each other.  


Proclamation from the City of Toronto, declaring Oct. 18, 2022 as Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day Proclamations 2022 – City of Toronto

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