Greens
 

Q&A on Child Care

The Green Party of PEI has promised to “increase wages for Early Childhood Educators (ECE) through increased grants to designated centres, so it will not increase the cost of childcare for Island families.” Per this commitment:

Do you intend to include Inclusion Support Assistants in your proposed wage increase?

Yes.

You’ve promised increased grants to designated centres to support the wage increase – what is your party plan to support the operational costs and wage increases for non-designed centres?

We would require non-designated centres to meet the wage grid for grant eligibility.

What is your party plan to increase families’ access to licensed Early Learning and Child Care?

We recognize that it is difficult to expand the number of spaces when there are challenges in recruiting and retaining the staff to provide them; this is why we would increase wages for early childhood educators. In addition to wage increases, a Green government would work with community partners to create additional child care spaces.

Is the Green Party of PEI committed to implementing a workforce strategy to support the needed growth of the Early Learning and Child Care sector?

The Green Party recognizes the challenges in recruiting and retaining ECEs. A Green government would be open to developing a workforce strategy to support growth in the Early Learning and Child Care sector.