Ontario Budget: Parents decry lack of new child care funding

Mar 28, 2012

Laurie Monsebraaten - "Child care advocates were shocked there was no lifeline in the budget to chronically underfunded daycares, now scrambling to serve younger children as 4- and 5-year-olds enter all-day kindergarten.

Advocates had been calling for an immediate infusion of $287 million and a new funding model pegged to inflation.

“With half of the children in full-day kindergarten programs starting in September, we will literally see hundreds of child care programs at risk of closing,” said Andrea Calver of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care. “Parents tell us Ontario needs more child care, not less.” '

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