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TCBCC AGM Minutes – Dec 14, 2016

TCBCC AGM Minutes
December 14, 2016
Meeting started at 12:05 p.m.
Attendance: Lisa Tjernstrom, Kathleen Clancy, Anna Vizzari, Manpreet Chana, Patricia
Stathopoulos, Kim Stevenson, Irene Udo, Donna Spreitzer, Barb Yost, Donna Robinson, Neena
Locke, Jane Mercer

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TCBCC AGM Chair’s Report – 2017

Toronto Coalition for Better Childcare

Annual General Meeting – Co-Chair’s Report

November 8, 2017

 

 

The Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care is a strong Voice for Child Care in Toronto, and has been leading the struggle for the community at the City level for almost 30 years. Our members and board members were actively engaged in advocacy at the city and provincial levels and this past year our voices were heard.

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Agenda for Speaker and AGM – Nov 8, 2017

Agenda for the Day – Nov 8

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Calling All “Super”visors!

The Toronto Coalition for Better Childcare invites Supervisors to get together to take a break!

Hear speaker Sue Hunter share her energy and her motivation

Join the TCBCC team for lunch and the TCBCC AGM – Nov 8 2017

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Toronto should boost child-care spending by $11M over 3 years, budget chief says – CBC News

Budget going to council will match 20% of new provincial, federal funds over 3 years, Gary Crawford says

Toronto Budget Chief Gary Crawford says the city will make good on its promise to match a portion of new provincial and federal funding for child care.

“The bottom line is we are living up to our commitment,” Crawford told CBC Toronto on Monday.

Crawford said the city’s budget committee will recommend on Tuesday, as part of the city’s final 2018 budget, that council commit $11 million over three years to child care. The recommendation will be made to Mayor John Tory’s executive committee. Council is scheduled to consider the budget on Feb. 12 and 13.

 

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Toronto urged to ‘step up’ for child care in 2018 budget – Toronto Star

Toronto’s 2018 child-care budget ignores council promise to match senior government funding by 20 per cent, advocates say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is a false budget. It is a shell game,” said East York-area Councillor Janet Davis, a longtime child care advocate.

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Daycare sticker shock tied to minimum wage, Jan. 14 – Toronto Star

No information from Province or City on on previous commitment made to helping child-care programs with their minimum wage requirements

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TDSB to offer “extended-day program” staffed by full-time early-childhood educators employed by the board. – Toronto Star

The TDSB has been relying on school-based child care and recreation programs to provide after-hours care for children from kindergarten to Grade 6.

But a staff report, to be debated by a board committee Wednesday, says many child-care programs are unable to meet demand because they don’t have enough space and can’t find enough early-childhood educators willing to work split shifts. About 23 per cent of schools offer no before- and after-school care, the report adds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto mother Dawn Barclay, seen here in a June 2017 file photo, has been unable to find after-school child care for her daughter Layla who started junior kindergarten last fall.  (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR)

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Minister acknowledges ‘challenges’ to families as daycares raise costs due to minimum wage hike – Toronto Star

Taryn Aitken

Mother, Taryn Aitken said her daycare costs have gone up by $368 per month due to Ontario’s minimum wage hike. (Michael Aitkins/CBC)

 

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Did Children’s Services cut your budget and say it was because your staff are overpaid and you had too many staff?

97% of programs have City daily rates that do not cover their full fee cost!

The most common reasons for refusal to pay full fee costs:

  • Staff are overpaid
  • Programs had too many staff
  • Overall program costs are too high
  • Administration costs are too high
  • They wanted Child Care Programs to pay less for food
  • Too much spent on housekeeping supplies
  • Staff Benefits are too expensive
This from a department that in its “Growth Strategy Report” states
  •  Investments in salaries are also investments in affordability. Low public fees contribute to low salaries and difficulty recruiting and retaining staff which impacts the quality of learning environments. Building a thriving workforce is an important pillar of the Growth Strategy. To achieve this, actions must improve recruitment and retention through appropriate salaries and stable jobs.
  • Investment was necessary in key areas … <including> administration … as necessary supports for successful growth

This from a department that in its highly touted “Raising the Village Report” states

    • only 1 in 5 children get the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables
    • 1 in 3 food bank visits are made by children.
This from a department whose own own childcare programs have set a great standard by having among the highest pay scales for its employees, the best employee benefit programs and the among highest administration costs in the sector in Toronto
This from a department whose inspection department has produced volumes of assessments and guidelines with hundreds of items including on food, housekeeping and administration that the city inspectors come in to rate and post publicly.  This is in addition to provincial inspections for compliance to quality standards.

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