Special event January 30 – Child care and early learning panel discussion

Please join early childhood educators, advocates and experts for a panel discussion the evening of January 30, 2019, hosted by CUPE Nova Scotia.

Child Care for All: Building a High Quality, Sustainable Early Learning and Child Care System

The discussion will cover the challenges early childhood educators are facing in the child care sector. The highlight of the evening will be a presentation of a new report based on the findings of an online survey of ECEs and employers, Unappreciated and underpaid: Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia by the Canadian Centre Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS).

DATE: 6:30 to 8 p.m., January 30, 2019

LOCATION: CUPE Atlantic Regional Office, 271 Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth (parking around back of building)

WATCH ONLINE: Live on Facebook at facebook.com/cupenovascotia.

Some of the topics to be discussed will include:

  • Everyday challenges ECEs face in providing high-quality child care
  • Factors that contribute to employers’ ability to recruit and retain highly-educated ECEs
  • The need for a comprehensive and integrated child care system in Nova Scotia that provides equal access and work conditions for all children and child care workers.


  • Christine Saulnier, director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia
  • Claudia Chender, MLA for Dartmouth South and NDP critic for education, justice and human rights
  • Michelle Lohnes, early childhood educator, member of CUPE Local 4745, and co-chair of the CUPE National Child Care Working Group
  • Tammy Findlay, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political and Canadian Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University