Day of Action against Ford’s Child Care Cuts at child care centres across Ontario - Wednesday May 22!

Parents and educators are teaming up at child care centres across Ontario for a Day of Action to leaflet and collect petitions against the Ford government’s child care cuts, including in Premier Doug Ford’s riding of Etobicoke North.

As new City of Toronto figures show that Ford’s riding will be one of the worst hit by the child care funding cuts – with 455 child care subsidies at risk in Ford’s home riding alone - child care supporters will be at Etobicoke’s Willowridge Early Learning and Child Care Centre to talk to families and community members about the impact of the province’s child care cuts.

Child care is facing millions in funding cuts this year from the Ontario government, as well as policy changes, which put thousands of child care subsidies in jeopardy and child care programs at risk of closure. Operational funding is being cut by over $80 million and capital funding has been cut by over $90 million.

“These senseless cuts put important services for children and families at risk. We’re going to be talking to the community about the impacts that these cuts will have right here in Etobicoke and in communities across Ontario.” said Carolyn Ferns, Policy Coordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

The Etobicoke event is one of over dozens of events across Ontario, from big cities like Toronto and Ottawa to small towns like Lindsay, Garson and Hornpayne.

In Ottawa, which faces at least $2 million in child care cuts this year, 5 child care programs are taking part in the day of action to speak out about the impact to programs. “These cuts will make it harder for families to access the care that they need and will make child care more expensive for everybody, right across Ontario.” said Christie Saikaly of Cornerstone Children’s Centre in Ottawa.

In Waterloo, Owl Child Care, which operates eight local child care programs, has been sounding the alarm about funding cuts, estimated at $9 million over 4 years by the Region of Waterloo, “Child care needs more investment, not less.” said Owl Executive Director Lori Prospero.

“We are calling on the Ford government to pause, listen to the community, and reinstate vital child care funding.” said Ferns.

Toronto riding-by-riding child care cuts: http://www.childcareontario.org/impacts_of_child_care_cuts_by_city_of_toronto_riding

Local media contacts:

Provincial and Toronto

Carolyn Ferns,

Policy Coordinator,

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Phone: 647-218-1275

Carolyn@childcareontario.org

Francophone and Ottawa

Michel-Édouard Laflamme ÉPEI-RECE

Direction générale/Executive Director

Service à l'enfance Aladin Childcare Services

2240 ch. Russell Rd. Ottawa, ON K1G 1B3

Tel: 613-733-0590  Cell: 613-371-8600

email-courriel: michel@aladin.services

 

Ottawa and Eastern Ontario

Christie Saikaly, RECE

Program Coordinator

Cornerstone Children's Centre and 
Heatherington Nursery School

Phone: 613-731-2440 ext 222

Email: coordinator@hmns.ca

 

Kitchener – Cambridge -Waterloo

Lori Prospero, CAE

Executive Director

Owl Child Care Services

Phone: 519-894-0581, ext. 102

Email: lprospero@owlchildcare.org

Peterborough-Kawarthas and Durham Region

Sheila Olan-MacLean, RECE

CEO, Compass Early Learning and Care

550 Braidwood Avenue, Peterborough

ON, K9J 1W1

(705) 749 3488

solan@compasselc.com

 

Sudbury

Tracy Saarikoski, BA, RECE, AECEO.C
Executive Director, Discovery Early Learning & Care
2603 Falconbridge Highway, Garson, ON P3L 1K6
Tel.: 705.693.5282
Email: tsaarikoski@discoverycare.ca

 


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