Toronto will receive $20 million in NEW child Care funding !
We need PARENTS to Call or E-MAIL their Councillor THIS WEEK!. . . Members of Toronto City Council 2010 – 2014
The Province has stepped up for Child Care in Toronto with $20 million!
The City needs to STEP UP it’s funding for child care too!
The City Budget was launched on Nov 25 – and had recommended the same underfunded path for child care! . . . But all that has changed:
We now know that the City of Toronto will be receiving an increase of $20 million in annualized, PROVINCAL Child Care funding, starting in 2014! . . . It will allow the City to act immediately and over the next few years – to relieve some of the extraordinary pressures on our child care system, for the thousands of families who need access to affordable, high quality child care.
City Council has been trying hard to support child care this year . . . with this significant increase in Provincial funding and your urging the City to STEP UP – they can now act.
These are our Recommendations:
Recommendation #1: Restore and Keep wage subsidy payments available for child care centres as they re-configure services for younger children, until such time as the new funding model has been developed and is implemented.
In July, Council requested (unanimously) that the General Manager report on the feasibility of doing exactly this. The decision to claw back was incredibly unfair, and very damaging. We appreciate that staff have been trying to protect areas of “greatest need” but it is imperative that this NOT be done on the backs of parents, children and staff across our city-wide child care system.
Recommendation #2: Increase the number of child care subsidies by 528 – to achieve equity targets for Infant, Toddler and Preschool groups.
In October, Council supported the CDRC recommendation that these 528 subsidies be included in this budget – Budget Cmte did not have the $20 million then – Now they do!
Recommendation #3: INVEST EVERY ONE OF THIS $20 Million into expanding and stabilizing this system – NOTHING more should be going into reserves.
With this kind of investment from the Province . . . You can move ahead with your community child care partners to Raise staff salaries, Lower Parent Fees AND deliver MORE affordable, high quality child care for the thousands of children on our waiting lists
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – Take this opportunity as a CITY COUNCIL – to send a message back to the Province, that you will work with them to build CHILD CARE in TORONTO by investing CITY DOLLARS . . .
An increase in City Funding is vital:
- It allows you the flexibility and discretion to support programs where there are inequities and in communities where our families and/or programs are most vulnerable
- It illustrates the City’s commitment to families and enables us to continue to lobby the Province and bring even more dollars flowing for child care . . .
The Budget process will continue until the end of January. All of our Councillors will attempt to influence the Budget and ALL OF OUR COUNCILLORS will be influenced by their constituents.
Together – We will make sure they continue to hear about child care by sending e-mails, letters and making those phone calls!