Parents left in a lurch with provincial decision

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Funding, Province
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There are a lot of off-put Ottawa parents out there, who, as a result of the OCDSB withdrawal of extended care services in 14 schools,are scrambling to find day care for the fall,.

Tough to point the finger at the Board for this one, however. The province “originally announced every school offering full-day kindergarten would also have early childhood educators available to provide care on site before and after school for a daily fee.” But in June, they changed their minds and announced that Boards had to offer these programs only if they broke even financially.

We know that the Board’s finances are suffering due to provincial cutbacks, so the move is understandable. Still, a little bit more notice by the Board – and especially the province – would have been appreciated by the families affected.

Curry (Board Chair) said parents who were planning to rely on the extended day program in the fall can consider pooling childcare with other parents of young children, ask their school principal about other after-school programs, ask their employers for flexible hours so they can pick up and drop off their children or consider taking time off work.

David Moen, the trustee for Innes/Beacon Hill-Cyrville, said parents should be able to rely on the same day-care spots that were available before full-day kindergarten was introduced.

Hmmm…not all families have flex hours…

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