Increasing Access To High Quality Child Care

    McGuinty Government Helping With The Costs Of Child Care For 3,000 More

    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping make high quality child care more affordable for
families as part of a new $25 million investment.
    The McGuinty government will provide $23 million in financial assistance
to help an additional 3,000 children benefit from licensed child care.
Licensed providers have to meet health, safety and caregiver training
standards that are enforced by the government.
    Eligibility for the financial assistance is based on net family income.
For example, a family with a net income below $20,000 can receive full child
care assistance. A family receiving financial child care assistance with a net
income of $40,000 will pay approximately $8 per day. Parents can apply for the
financial assistance through their municipality for children up to age 12.
    The government is also investing $2 million to create new child care
spaces in French-language schools.
    Making child care more affordable builds on the McGuinty government's
commitment to develop a poverty reduction strategy that will expand
opportunities for children and low-income families so they can reach their
full potential and contribute to a strong economy.


    "Making sure more families have access to affordable, high quality child
care for their kids helps increase opportunities for the entire family," said
Children and Youth Services ( Minister Deb
Matthews. (
"It means that children benefit from a quality early learning environment -
and it helps hard-working parents balance the demands of work and family."

    "I am pleased with the additional funding announcement for child care,"
said Hamilton's Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "With this funding, we will be able to
support the highest needs families in our community."

    "I know how important access to affordable child care is to parents in
Hamilton," said Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP for Hamilton Mountain. "I am delighted
that more families will be able to receive a fee subsidy as a result of this
increased funding.

    "This funding will help more families in our community with the costs of
licensed child care," said Ted McMeekin, MPP for
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. "This government is committed to
supporting Ontario parents and giving their kids the best start in life."


    -   Approximately 14,000 more children are receiving fee subsidies
        through Best Start investments.
    -   Ontario has created more than 22,000 new child care spaces over the
        past three years and is investing more than $869 million in child
        care in 2008-09.
    -   Ontario's standardized income test for fee subsidies ensures
        fairness, recognizes that middle income families may need help too
        and makes more families eligible for subsidies.


    Find licensed child care near you.

    Choosing the right child care for your child.

    Read more about fee subsidies for licensed child care in Ontario.

    Learn more about the Ontario Child Benefit.

    Find out what's happening in the fight against poverty in Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Dougan, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416)

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