Save Windsor's Child Care Centres!

What's New:
Friday, March 5, 12:00 noon:
"March for Windsor's Kids", click here for event flyer

Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Public Meeting: The Campaign To Keep Our City Centres Isn't Over
All Saints Church, 330 City Hall Square West
For more information call the Stop The Cuts Hotline at 519-965-2634
To see the flyer, click here.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010:
Windsor City Council to close all municipal child care centres by September 1
On Monday night, Windsor City council voted 5-3 to close 7 city-operated child care centres and 2 satellite sites by September 1, 2010. City council ignored a unanimous deferral request of one month from county council.

"It was an emotional and sometimes angry discussion as council heard from more than 30 delegations, among them anxious parents, worried city workers, labour leaders and poverty advocates. There were tears in the public gallery after the vote."
To read coverage in the Windsor Star click here
The Amherstberg Echo click  here.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010:
Essex County council voted unanimously to recommend that the city of Windsor postpone city child care centre closures. The county wants a consultation for parents and stakeholders. It wants a joint meeting with Windsor city council to discuss the city centres. And the county wants the opportunity to talk to the province about stabilization funding for child care.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010:
AM 800 in Windsor did an online poll asking Windsor citizens if they support shutting down city child care centres. The overwhelming majority voted NO!

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m:
Open Meeting To Stop Child Care Closures!
Where: Club Alouette, 2418 Central Avenue, Windsor
Please click here to download the campaign flyer.

Related newspaper articles:
March 2010:
Ontario CUPE and Windsor Parents:  Walk-the-Walk to Tell Dwight Duncan: “Put Children in the Budget!”
Local News:  Windsor rally calls for more child care funding
Windsor Star:  Keep daycares open, city urged

February 2010:
Local News: Province must act now to protect
Windor Star: Sadness grips city daycares
Windor News: Daycare closings Inevitable
City of Windsor: Child Care Report (PDF*)
Amherstburg Echo: Municipal daycare faces September closure

January 2010:
CUPE: Windsor Council to "Have a Heart" Campaign
Market Wire: OCBCC urged to tell Windsor Council
CBC News: Windsor considers closing city daycares Loss of Windsor daycare spaces feared

Campaign Materials:

Have a Heart: Save Windsor’s Child Care Centres!

Windsor City Council is seriously considering shutting down seven municipal child care programs and two satellites at its Council meeting on February 1.  This means children and their families lose their caregivers and our community loses high quality child care services.

Parents want the city to:
● Report on the impacts of city centre closures and alternatives to closure. Make a plan that meets the needs of children and families, which is based on the best available research for supporting our children. 
● Meet publicly with provincial officials about implementing the Pascal Report and ensuring that Windsor’s child care funding remains stable.
● Consult with parents, the community and the county before taking the drastic step of closing municipal centres.

For more information contact the Stop The Closures Hotline at 519-965-2634.  Friday, January 29th, 2010:
Parents present Councillor Lewenza with Giant Heart.
Click here for the press advisory.

Click here for information about:
- A Windsor child care fact sheet
- Fact sheets for Parents
- An economic study evaluation on child care
- An OCBCC child care lobby flyer

Take Actions: 
● Call or email your local councilor. Tell them “if you vote to shut down child care, you won’t get my vote in November!” Click here to find your councilor.
● Listen to the OCBCC radio ad
● Go to the council meeting on Monday, February 1 at 6 pm. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 350 City Hall Square West. Click here for directions. 
●Wear a heart sticker or button on February 1st to show your support for our city child care centres.
● Click here for information on writing a letter to the editor of the Windsor Star. Keep it short and to the point.
●Please click here to sign the Online Petition, to tell Mayor Francis and Windsor City Council that this is not the way to save the city money.