Mr. Prime Minister,
Mr. Minister of Families,
We are writing to you today as concerned parents about a situation we want to bring to your attention.
Our children attend Quebec daycare centers. And for several months now, we have been witnessing powerless cuts in services in child care settings. To help, parents keep their children at home on certain days, replace the educators during breaks or even serve meals.
How did we get there? Our educators are running out of steam. We always ask them for more and they struggle to provide on demand. Many of them take sick leave, leave prematurely in retirement or even turn their backs on the profession, which has all its vocation.
Like the orderlies, teachers and nurses, we see that the lack of recognition of the profession of daycare educator leaves its mark. The salary, the conditions and the recognition are the sinews of war to interest in a profession. Our early childhood educators, those who take care of our children and support them in their development during this crucial period of their life, earn an average of $ 17 to $ 25 an hour, much less than other professions requiring the same level. of studies, or a college diploma.
Specialized educators, who take care of our little ones, are being courted by school service centers, which offer more advantageous salary conditions. The difference is almost $ 5 an hour more for this work in school daycare services that does not require a college diploma.
Childcare centers are also struggling to recruit new blood. In recent years, a significant drop in registrations for techniques offered across Quebec is testimony to the marked loss of interest in the trade.
Today, we send out this cry from the heart for educators in the network of CPEs of which Quebec is so proud. We must act quickly because if nothing is done to stem their exodus, our network is in danger.
The future and the safety of our children depend on it.