Quality Child Care Through Quality People

Community Services/Community Services

June 3, 2002 0:00 AM

Just ask the "Wilderbeats": they'll tell you the early years of
life lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. The
popular children's entertainers wowed a crowd of youngsters at a
ceremony recognizing June as Child Care Awareness Days.
Community Services Minister Peter Christie joined in the
celebrations with children, parents and child-care teachers today
at Province House.

"The federal, provincial and territorial governments agree that
early childhood development is a priority," said Mr. Christie.
"This year, government partners will continue to provide funding
to attract and keep quality child-care teachers. Also under the
Early Childhood Development strategy, we will provide more
training opportunities for child-care teachers."

"This is an exciting time to be involved in early childhood
development," said Karen Geddes, president of Child Care
Connection Nova Scotia. "We've begun to see improved salaries
through the Early Childhood Development Stabilization Grants.
That's very positive because it will result in more of our
qualified teachers staying in child-care centres -- and it's the
children who will gain the most from that."

The government of Canada has committed $2.2 billion to fund early
childhood development over a five-year period which began in
2001. Nova Scotia's portion is $66 million.

In Nova Scotia, the Day Care Act governs the licensing of child-
care programs. The Department of Community Services provides
subsidy funding for parents unable to pay the full child-care
fee.

Child Care Awareness Days recognizes child-care teachers and the
important contribution they make to the province's economic and
social well-being. Activities across the province include family
fun fairs, open houses and mall displays.

Child Care Awareness Days are sponsored by Child Care Connection
Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Round Table on Child Care and the
Department of Community Services, as well as community sponsors.
For more information and a complete list of Child Care Awareness
Days activities, please call 902-423-8199 or toll free at 1-800-
565-8199.


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     A herd of Wilderbeats entertained children at Province House

this morning. The entertainers were on hand to recognize June as

Child Care Awareness Days.

     This year's theme is Quality child care through quality

people.

     Community Services Minister Peter Christie spoke about the

agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial

governments to make early childhood development a priority. Mr.

Christie said the Early Childhood Development Stabilization

Grants are helping attract and keep quality child-care teachers.

The minister also pointed to new opportunities for training

under the agreement.

     Child Care Awareness Days are sponsored by Child Care

Connection Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Round Table on Child Care

and the Department of Community Services, as well as community

sponsors.

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Contact: Elaine Ferguson
         Child Care Connection Nova Scotia
         902-423-8199
         E-mail: cccns@istar.ca
                        
         Steve Bone
         Department of Community Services
         902-424-4326
         E-mail: bonesp@gov.ns.ca

kjd         June 3, 2002        9:51 A.M.