Early Learning Advisor's Recommendations Would Benefit Families and Municipalities



    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(AMO) today welcomed the release of the report of the Early Learning and Child
Care Advisor Charles Pascal.
    "AMO looks forward to reviewing the report in detail and to learning more
about the Province's response to the report's recommendations," said AMO
President Peter Hume.
    The report calls for a new provincially funded, school-based system of
early learning and child care for four and five year olds. Children under four
years of age would continue to be served in the municipally managed system. By
removing four and five year olds from the municipal system, the existing
resources in that system would be used to better serve children under four,
with the hope of increasing access to child care for families with young
children.
    "A strong early learning and child care system supports a strong and
competitive economy. This report calls on the province to make a significant
investment in our children and in Ontario's future prosperity," said Hume.
    The report calls municipalities, "leaders among leaders", recognizing the
need for municipalities to manage and deliver the early learning and child
care system for children under the age of four. It also recommends that
municipalities have a key role in working with school boards and other
partners in the community to develop an integrated early years and child care
system for all children in Ontario.
    The report contains 20 recommendations for the transformation of early
learning and child care in Ontario, many with significant implications for
municipalities. Understanding these implications more fully in conjunction
with the province's commitment to investing needed additional resources will
ultimately determine the municipal sector's support for the proposed changes.

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444
municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government
in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and
essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.





For further information:

For further information: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316 or (416) 729-4394; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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