Toronto Star: Daycare 'storm' looms

Feb 08, 2010

Feb 8 - "Some of Toronto's highest-needs neighbourhoods would be the biggest losers if Queen's Park doesn't shore up a child care system facing a triple threat of chronic provincial underfunding, the loss of $63.5 million in federal money and the impact of all-day kindergarten coming next fall, city data show."

"The city oversees Toronto's 56,400-space child care system, including 24,000 subsidized spots. But as reported last month, the city stands to lose 5,000 of those subsidies by 2013. The cuts would be made as children with subsidies leave or "age out" of daycare, starting as soon as this summer."

"Weston and Jane-Finch, two of Toronto's 13 so-called "priority neighbourhoods" earmarked for increased services and support, would both lose more than 300 child-care subsidies, according to the city's children's services department, which is preparing for the worst."

"Peter Frampton, executive director of the Learning Enrichment Foundation, which runs 18 child-care centres in the Weston and Jane-Finch areas where most families rely on daycare subsidies, said the cuts will be devastating."

"These are families earning between $22,000 and $25,000 a year. Without subsidizes I don't know what these parents will do," he said.

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