Toronto Star: Scrap daycare hike, city told

March 2nd, 2010. For full article, please click here.

"Parents could see a $500-a-year fee hike per child if Toronto stops paying the rent at 373 school-based non-profit daycare facilities.

The proposal would save the city $3.2 million this year and next while hitting full fee-paying parents, who would see a minimum 5 per cent increase, the city’s budget committee was told Tuesday.

“For many families, especially those with two children in our care, they would be forced to make personal sacrifices or withdraw from child care altogether,” said Donna Spreitzer, director of the 140-space Jackman Community Day Care in Riverdale. “Please don’t pull the rug out from under child care,” Spreitzer said."