As a parent of a 19-month old, quality child care is something that has become very important to our family. As Minister of Family Services and Labour, this is an issue I deal with every day.
Quality, affordable and accessible childcare is a priority for our government. On May 1st, I was pleased to join Premier Greg Selinger to announce that Budget 2013 will give families better access to quality child-care by opening up to 1,000 new spaces in 26 new and expanded child-care centres over the next year.
This is already building on the success of the many child care centres we have across Manitoba including Fort Rouge Day Nursery, River Avenue Co-op Day Nursery, Earl Grey Children’s Centre, and La Verendrye Before and After School Program, just to name a few in Fort Rouge.
We know that quality child-care isn’t just about spaces and buildings, which is why our government is taking steps to help recruit and retain more early childhood educators. I was able to see the importance of these child-care workers with the drawing they created for my holiday cards drawn by the talented young artists from River Avenue Co-op and the tree decorations from the children at Fort Rouge Co-op Day Nursery.
We know these investments in child care are needed to ensure continued economic growth. As a parent, there is no greater comfort than knowing your child is in a safe and nurturing environment, getting high quality care and benefitting from early childhood education.