National Chalk It Up For Childcare

CHARLOTTETOWN:  May 9th to May 17th, 2015 is the Week of Action for Child Care with Friday, May 15th being “Let’s Chalk it up for Childcare” day. The intent of this special day is to create wide spread awareness of the importance of child care across our communities and in the end inspire the commitment to creating a national plan for quality child care all families can afford and count on.

Organizers of Let’s Chalk it up for Childcare invite the community and families to join Milestone Early Years and Child Care Centre on Mason Road Friday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m.

“We feel the need for accessible and affordable Child Care for everyone”. The current patchwork of child care programs and services across the country doesn’t work for families. High fees and hard-to-find care strain household budgets and keep women out of the work force. In the Federal election, a vote for child care is a vote for a better Canada. That’s why the next Canadian government must commit to long-term sustained Federal funding and leadership on child care.”, explains Karen Tsistinas of CUPE National Child Care Working Group.

“We know that investment in good child care realizes benefits for everyone – the economy grows two dollars for every dollar invested, while public spending on child care creates four times more jobs than investing in the construction industry”, said Sonya Hooper, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI; “child care is good for the economy, good for families and good for Canada.

Background Facts:

  • Only 1 in 5 children who need child care have access to a regulated space
  • Child care is the 2nd highest household expense for Canadian families
  • The investment in child care strengthens the economy – with a benefit $2.00 for every dollar invested.


The full list of events to participate Canada-wide and tools for organizing can be found at

For more information on CCAAC contact Carolyn Ferns 416-538-0628 x 4 (Toronto); Dominique Arbez (FR) 204-237-1818 poste 739 (Winnipeg) or Sharon Gregson 604-505-5725 (Vancouver).

For more information contact Karen Tsistinas 902-314-3253 or Sonya Hooper 902-368-0070 / 902-626-8714.