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Two Budgets But No Solutions For Ontario's Licensed Child Care System

March 30, 2012

Child care owner/operators across Ontario were disappointed this week, as both the
Provincial and Federal budgets ignored the challenges facing the independent licensed child care sector and the tens of thousands of families it serves. The 2012 Ontario Budget ignored the recommendations of the Drummond Report with respect to its full-day kindergarten program and failed to invest in measures that could help prevent the potential closure of independent child care centres across the province. The 2012 Federal Budget also ignored this vital sector
of Ontario's economy.

Throughout Ontario, the rapid roll-out of the school-based full-day kindergarten program has created challenges for child care owner/operators and municipalities, says Holton Hunter, owner of Teddy Bear Academy in Toronto and board member of the Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario. The child care sector simply wasn't given adequate time or support to deal with the change. As a result, the future of many smaller licensed child care centres is very uncertain. The Provincial budget continues the McGuinty government's commitment to spending billions of dollars on fully implementing school-based kindergarten while ignoring the negative impact the program is having on accessible and affordable child care across Ontario.

The Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario (ADCO) and its members have long called on Premier Dalton McGuinty and his government to recognize the impact full-day kindergarten will have on the financial viability of child care in Ontario. It has been vocal about the need to ensure much needed spaces are not lost and Ontario parents are not left without affordable options for taking care of their children. ADCO is committed to working with all levels of government to ensure the viability of Ontario's licensed child care sector, so that all families enjoy both quality and choice in child care.

For more information contact:
Holton Hunter
Board Member
Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario
Phone: 1-800-567-7075

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