Statement from Education Minister on Child Care Worker and ECE Appreciation Day
Today, Laurel Broten, Minister of Education, issued the following statement regarding Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day:
"Today marks the 12th annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day in Ontario. It's a day to recognize and celebrate the important role that child care workers and ECEs play in the development of our children and grandchildren.
As PBS's Mr. Rogers once said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
This is a day to show our appreciation for the countless hours child care workers and early childhood educators facilitate the "work of childhood" while enriching the lives of children and preparing them for success in the future.
Each and every day, child care workers and early childhood educators provide us parents with the peace of mind knowing our kids get the guidance, support and encouragement they need to flourish and reach their full potential.
On this special day of recognition, I want to thank all of the child care workers and early childhood educators in Ontario for contributing to a strong publicly funded education system and a high-quality child care sector. Whether they're supporting the transition to the classroom or in the full-day kindergarten classroom, their professionalism and commitment are putting our youngest learners on the road to success.
Through their hard work and dedication, child care workers and early childhood educators are giving our children a brighter future, providing families with the support they need and building a stronger Ontario."