Media Advisory - Pauline Marois, leader of the PQ, to be Honoured as a Champion for Child Care

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - October 22 marks the eighth annual Child
Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. The day recognizes
the incredible contribution and commitment of hard working but undervalued
child care staff.
    This year we celebrate Pauline Marois for the creation of Quebec's $7/
day child care system.

    WHO:    Pauline Marois, Current Leader of the Parti Québécois, Minister
            responsible for implementing Quebec's affordable child care
    WHAT:   An Award Presentation and Speech by Madame Marois
    WHERE:  Library Building, Room 72, Gould and Victoria, Ryerson University
    WHEN:   Wednesday October 22, 7:00 p.m.

    Ten years after implementing Quebec's affordable child care system, the
benefits to society are evident. $7 / day child care has helped Quebec lower
child poverty by 50%, children's test scores are higher, birth rates are up,
and increased tax revenues from working parents have paid for 40% of Quebec's
program. Ten years later, the evidence is clear. Investing in child care pays
    In Ontario licensed child care costs can easily exceed $10,000 per year.
Many families need help paying for child care. Even if parents can afford
child care, it is hard to find. Only 12% of Ontario families have access to
licensed child care.
    "Quality child care not only helps parents enter and stay in the
workforce, it also helps pay for itself through higher tax revenues from
working parents," states Jenny Robinson Executive Director, Ontario Coalition
for Better Child Care (OCBCC). "It also improves health outcomes, sets the
foundation for lifelong learning and reduces costs for social and health
services later in life. The reality is all of Canada needs child care in good
economic times and bad."

For further information:

For further information: Jenny Robinson, Executive Director, (416)
938-2625 (cell); Andrea Calver, Communications Director, (416) 434-8031

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