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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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