In 1995, CUPW negotiated the right to control and administer the $2 million Child Care Fund.
Negotiations for cost-of-living increases to the Child Care Fund will ensure that the projects will continue to grow and be available to the members.
By 2010, Canada Post will make quarterly deposits of $324,000 into the fund.
The fund helps members who have the most difficulty finding and affording good child care:
The Fund is used for projects that provide child care services, as well as child care information programs, needs assessments and child care research.
The union has eight Child Care Fund projects across Canada and Québec. All projects are community-based, non-profit and accommodate children with special needs. Each project provides at least one of the following services:
The Child Care Fund has helped some CUPW families find affordable, high quality child care. But the truth is, we would need a fund 50 times the size of the one we have to meet the diverse child care needs of all our members.
Setting up work-related child care services is only part of the solution to our child care problems. What we really need is a national child care system like other industrialized countries.
Good child care should not be a privilege for children of wealthy parents or a welfare measure for the children of low income parents. It should be available and affordable to everyone. Unions fought for many of the social programs we value today. Unions have a role to play in ensuring that we have programs like child care in the future.
One of the best ways we can do this is by working with groups that are fighting for a child care system that meets the needs of all parents. The Child Care Advocacy Association Canada has been advocating for a national child care system for over three decades. Their goal is to push for universal, inclusive, comprehensive, high quality, community-based child care system that is accessible and provides early learning and development opportunities for ALL children.
The union remains committed to fighting for a national child care program by working with local, provincial and national child care advocacy groups.
There's no question that we face a serious child care crisis in our society. For example, currently only 24% of preschool children can access regulated child care. This means that over 75% of our nations children are in unlicensed, unregulated child care where there is little if any oversight. The biggest child care problem facing families is that there's not enough quality, affordable child care. Only a national child care policy or specific national legislation on child care, coupled with a large infusion of government funding, can solve this crisis.
No. Members are always free to make their own child care arrangements to meet their child care needs. But there simply aren't enough quality child care services to go around. The union is trying to increase parental choice through the Child Care Fund.
The union feels it has a responsibility to (i) support high quality child care services and (ii) help members gain access to and afford these services. The fund ties these two obligations together. It supports the expansion and/or creation of high quality services in the community through Child Care Fund projects and provides subsidies for project services.
No. The union is not making judgments about individuals' child care arrangements. Research on child development has found that regulated, non-profit services tend toward high quality. This is because:
We often support issues that might not directly affect us, or might only affect us occasionally or during a specific period in our lives, because they have a broader positive social impact (for example, publicly funded education, Medicare, and pensions).