PEEL, ON, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - As Peel Regional Council gets set to
vote next Thursday on whether to close 12 city-run child care centres,
parents from across the region are flooding local councillors with
phone calls to urge them to vote no.
"All week, parents have been telling us that they did not know the child
care centres were threatened," said Andrea Calver, Coordinator for the
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), which has been
alerting child care centres and parents about the upcoming vote. "It's
not right for the Region to try to ram this through; they should be
consulting with the people most affected - the parents."
The proposed closures were recommended in a report released today by
Calver said that despite it being a fast growing region, Peel has a
lower percentage of child care than Ontario has a whole.
"That makes these centres even more important. They offer parenting
support and high quality child care at a cost that many struggling
families can afford," said Lisa Martinez, parent. "If these child care
centres close, then Peel Region will be targeting the most vulnerable."
About 800 families will lose the current quality child care they are
receiving from the municipal centres The OCBCC estimates that about
200 good jobs in Peel will be lost if Peel regional councillors vote to
close the centres.
"We have long memories. We will vote against any councillor who votes
to close our centres - and we will organize to make sure they are not
re-elected again," added Lisa Martinez, parent.
Calver added that instead of stripping the region of much-needed high
quality child care centres, Peel should join with other municipalities
and advocacy groups to call on the Ontario government to adequately
fund child care in the 2012 budget so that municipal and
community-based centres stay open.
SOURCE Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
For further information:
| Andrea Calver |
| OCBCC Coordinator |
| 416-434-8031 |