Subsidized child care spots face cuts

The Sault Star

Subsidized child care spaces will be reduced as a result of cuts from provincial funding formulas.

“A report to city council states that $885,843.35 in child care program funding will be cut effective Jan. 1, 2015, resulting in cuts in the number of subsidized child care spaces available to those in need.”

The City of Sault Ste. Marie received funding in 2012 from the DSSAB to fund 70 subsidized spaces for municipal child care programs. The number will now be reduced to a maximum of 51, beginning April 1st. Other licensed child care providers will be impacts as another 32.5 spaces will be lost throughout the DSSAB system.

With the being said, individuals in the system won’t lose their “spot” in the child care but it does mean that it will take longer for parents to get off of the waiting list for a licensed child care spot. Currently, there is a waiting list of 1,000 children for child care in Sault Ste.Marie.

The funding reductions are a result of the new funding formula set out by the Ministry of Education on January 1st 2013.

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