Name: Amber Keane

Occupation: Early Childhood Educator

Amber grew up in White Rock and now lives in Burnaby with her husband and two children. After her father died, she decided to change careers but she now makes less as a childcare worker than she did eighteen years ago as a makeup artist. Without help from the government, her childcare facility is forced to raise parent fees in order to raise employee wages. Amber is very active in her union. She is grateful to have bought her home when housing prices were lower and to have a partner to share in the costs of living in this province.

We support the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning to provide affordable child care that fairly compensates its workforce. Early Childhood Educators do not earn wages and benefits that reflect the importance or challenge of the work they do. Many licensed ECE’s live in poverty, yet they are vital to the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities.

“The childcare workers that are working in the field are definitely not paid adequately, so I think the only way we can sustain this is by having the government come in and help.”