Daycare in funding fight with city over full-day kindergarten

The Toronto Star

Children’s Circle childcare is facing pressure from Children’s Services Toronto to re-direct care of Kindergarteners to the school-based programs offered in their community. Faced with this prospect, mother Shawna Curtis said, “I would never move my child from a place where she’s happy.”

Out of the three local public school offering before and after care, only one has open spaces. “It’s likely that if Children’s Circle can’t do this anymore, then those children simply won’t have care,” said Andrea Calver, of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

As well, this raises concerns for parent choice, “Really, parents have different needs based on their families. To us, what’s key is that there are options within regulated care,” said Mike Baril, a board member at Children’s Circle.

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