CTV News: Daycare centres coping with loss of clients to full-time kindergarten

Jan 20, 2014

CTV News: January 20, 2014

With the implementation of full day kindergarten and full implementation occurring in September 2014, child care centres are struggling to stay in business.

Currently, with FDK in the fourth year, approximately 184,000 children are enrolled in 2,600 schools

"We all put our heads together to see how we can make the most out of a difficult situation," Shelley Ambing, executive director at Aurora Children's Center, told CTV Toronto, who runs Zumba, yoga and Spanish classes to engage parents and children.

The Ministry of Education is not tracking the number of child care closures due to the implementation of full day kindergarten but promised to pledge $51 million annually to help child care centres.

Education Minister Liz Sandals stated “we actually have provided transition funding for some community based childcares to help them move to cater to a market of younger children".

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