National child care program sorely needed

Kitchen Table discussions held during CUPE Saskatchewan’s division convention last March highlighted the real need for a national child care program.

Many heart-felt stories were shared, including one from a Saskatchewan grandmother who provides child care to her 11-year old granddaughter in Manitoba – by phone every Wednesday – because her daughter’s shift extension goes two hours longer than the after school care program.

Province-wide problems were discussed during the convention, including the lack of child care in rural Saskatchewan, no availability of after-hours or weekend care, long waiting lists and high costs, and age limitations for children accepted into programs.

CUPE, alongside many other organizations and unions, has launched a campaign to rethink child care in Canada – and has held conversations in communities across the country, as shown in the map. Tell us your story, host a kitchen table conversation or simply pledge your support for the campaign.