Bill Casey on Childcare Initiative
Cumberland North Liberal Candidate Bill Casey says building a strong foundation for our children and grandchildren through quality early learning and child care will result in healthier and more prosperous communities for generations to come. He says it is also an important element in lifting families out of poverty. “Our party has a childcare plan that will be a game-changer for areas like Cumberland where families rely on child care in order to work and make a living.” Casey added. The Rankin government’s childcare plan will:
- Lower the cost of childcare by an average of 50%, bringing the average cost of childcare to $10 a day.
- Add 9,500 new childcare spaces across the province by 2026.
- Introduce better pay and benefits for early childhood educators (ECEs) by 2022.
- Grow and develop the ECE workforce by providing students and working ECEs with funding for tuition and books.
- Increase diversity in early childhood education by designating seats in early childhood education for Mi’kmaq, Indigenous peoples, Black and African Nova Scotians, Acadian and Francophone Nova Scotians, and newcomers.
Casey said he recognizes the importance of affordable quality child care on a personal level having a daughter who is a single working mother with a young child. The Cumberland North Liberal candidate added the COVID-19 pandemic created particular hardship for young families and a recent report shows in the year from February 2020, 12 times as many women as men stopped working because of child-care responsibilities.