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Licensed Child Care Owners Respond to Ombudsman's Report

October 23, 2014

Yesterday, the Ontario Ombudsman, André Marin, formally released his report on the Ministry of Education’s response to complaints and concerns relating to unlicensed, informal care providers. The Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario (ADCO), which represents the owners/operators of independent licensed child centres across the province welcomed the Ombudsman’s report.

“It’s critical that Government agencies, parents and caregivers work together to better protect the many children cared for in unlicensed, informal care situations throughout the province,” said Andrea Hannen, speaking on behalf of ADCO. “Action is necessary to prevent tragedies such as the one involving Eva Raikovitch from ever repeating, but legislators have to get it right and not just paint all child care providers with the same brush.”

ADCO urges further caution from the Government and legislators on arbitrary passage of Bill 10—The Child Care Modernization Act--without further consultation on its long-term impact. Bill 10, which is currently in front of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, would not only do little to prevent illegal day care centres from operating, it could push many licenced child care centres into closing, thus eliminating much-needed, compliant and safe child care spaces. If passed in its current format, Bill 10 could:
- Force the closure of licensed child care centres that have been serving their communities for decades
- Give government officials the ability to revoke a child care centre’s license without due process, and with no real way to appeal the decision
- Prevent new licensed child care centres from opening
- Reduce the choices parents have about what’s best for their children
- Do little address the problems around unlicensed daycares
- Result in fewer child care spaces across the province

The Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario is comprised of the owners/operators of independent licensed child care centres across the province. Some of its member centres are operated as small businesses and some as community-based not-for-profit corporations. ADCO Members include centre-based programs, nursery schools, preschools and school age operations, as well as licensed home child care agencies. It is estimated that independent licensed child care centres account for over half of all of the licensed child care spaces in Ontario.

For more information contact:
Andrea Hannen
Operations Manager
Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario (ADCO)
Phone: 1-800-567-7075

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