TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Coalition for Better Child
Care commends the Ontario New Democrats for their announcement today
committing to $250 million dollars in new funding to stabilize the
child care sector. This new direct operating grant to child care
programs will be a step forward in sustaining our child care programs
and making high quality child care in Ontario more affordable.
Today, 4 out of 5 Ontario children do not have access to a licensed
child care space. Early learning and child care is too expensive and
many child care centres are facing a funding crisis, which will lead to
higher child care fees and centre closures. Child care fees have
reached the breaking point of what most families can afford, and long
waiting lists for subsidies mean that many parents are unable to work.
Early learning and child care programs have been historically
underfunded. In addition, impacts from Ontario's full-day kindergarten
program will further destabilize child care programs.
"We have already begun to see the impacts of this underfunding, where
high quality programs such as Bond Child and Family Development will be
forced to close their doors after providing exceptional education and
care to the children of their communities for decades" said President
"The funding proposed by the New Democrats will help child care centres
stay open, ensure high quality care, and minimize fee increases for
parents. This new funding will make a real difference to child care
programs and will benefit every community across the province."
Child care advocates have been warning of a wave of closures of
much-needed programs as a result of chronic underfunding. The Executive
Director of Bond Child and Family Development spoke to the Standing
Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on February 3, 2010 to warn
the government that without new funding, the Bond Child and Family
Development Centre was at risk of closure. Despite this warning, no
funding has been allocated to address this crisis.
Child care advocates will be watching for funding commitment from all
parties to sustain our child care programs and make child care more
affordable. Ontario needs child care: we can't afford to lose it.
SOURCE Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
For further information:
Andrea Calver, Coordinator, cell 416-434-8031
Tracy Saarikoski, President, 705-693-5282
Katie Arnup, Campaigns Coordinator 416-538-0628 x 2