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Please send a message to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Becky Druhan and ask her to provide adequate funding that will ensure that all early childhood educators in Nova Scotia receive equal compensation.
Early childhood educators in child care centres do not receive the same wages, pensions and health benefits as those working in public schools, even though they do the same work and have the same qualifications.
Also, Nova Scotia does not have enough qualified early childhood educators to meet the needs of all families, who are seeking quality, early learning and care in a safe environment.
Almost all early childhood educators are women and earn poverty-level wages, who have subsidized the provincial child care system for many years by working for low wages and no benefits. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women (established through legislation by the Province) states that “strengthening women’s economic security” is a priority. As almost all early childhood educators are women, we believe that the Minister should make their economic security a priority as well.
The cost of providing equal compensation to all early childhood educators is achievable – through funding received from the federal government to restart the economy, the bilateral agreement currently under negotiation, and provincial funding.
Economic security for all early childhood educators in Nova Scotia should be a priority.
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