CBC News Ottawa
Child care operators say the implementation of full day kindergarten has been one of the biggest changes to hit the sector in decades.
Many report that enrolment among four- and five-year-old children has dropped significantly, which resulted in the lost of qualified early childhood educators to school boards, which are able to provide better salaries.
"We don't make a lot of money here," said Julie Whalley, supervisor at the Orléans Child Care Centre, a non-profit daycare that has been running for 30 years in Ottawa.
"And what we do make goes back out into the programs. So we don't have a lot of spare money. We have to really tighten our belts and get back to basics, which is not what we're about. We want to give that extra."
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