Alarm on threatened childcare
Families need quality, affordable, licensed programs for their kids.
Without a new public investment in the 2011 Provincial budget, Ontarians can expect to see childcare fees increase from 15 to 30 percent or cause some programs to close. The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) are launching a provincial tour to call on the Ontario Government to make affordable child care a public priority.
In Ontario, only 20 percent of children have access to a licensed childcare space. Without subsidies like those in Manitoba and Quebec that reduce fees to affordable levels, many Ontario parents are paying between $40 and $60 a day per child. At this rate, childcare fees can run between $10,000 and $15,000 a year and are often the second highest expense for young families.
The Provincial tour began in Belleville and travels to Peterborough, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Kitchener, Sudbury, and Ottawa to sound the alarm that a new financial crisis threatens Ontario's early learning and childcare programs.
Links and sources
Will Child Care Survive? Provincial Tour to Launch in Peterborough on Child Care Funding.
Posted: February 09, 2011
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