You Bet We Still Care: A Survey of Centre-Based Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada


    In 2009, the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council (CCHRSC) formed an expert panel to provide input on the development of a Labour Market Information Research Agenda. Conducting a survey of employers and employees working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector was identified as a top priority.

    This key recommendation was put into action by the CCHRSC in 2011. The CCHRSC worked with a research team led by Kathleen Flanagan and Jane Beach in partnership with the Institute for Social Research at York University to undertake the survey project, called You Bet We Still Care!. A steering committee was established to guide and support the work of the project. The members of the You Bet We Still Care! steering committee brought a wealth of expertise and experience from the ECEC sector in the areas of research, government, and child care administration. A complete list of members is on page 33.

    The You Bet We Still Care! survey is the first time in over a decade that data on wages, working conditions, and human resource issues in regulated child care centres has been collected. Building on similar Canadian research studies Caring for a Living (1991) and You Bet I Care! (1998), You Bet We Still Care! (2012) contributes to a long-term picture of human resources for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector in Canada.

    The survey’s findings will provide employers and policy makers with essential data that can be used to address human resources challenges such as recruitment and retention, training and professional development, opportunities for career advancement and job satisfaction.

    While the ECEC sector in Canada is comprised of a diverse range of programs and services,1
    this study concentrated on employers, directors, and program staff in full-time (i.e., six consecutive hours or more per day, five days per week) child care centres across Canada that were licensed by provincial or territorial governments, and that provided full-time spaces for infants, toddlers, and/or preschool age children.

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