Ontario is taking a significant step towards creating 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, communities and other public spaces across the province including funding for two new child care rooms at two schools in Northumberland-Quinte West. As a result of this investment, 25 children and their families will gain access to high-quality licensed care in a safe, convenient setting.
Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West was at Brighton Public School today to announce the new child care spaces, including:
Helping more families access quality, affordable child care is an essential part of the government’s plan for a fairer, better Ontario. It will give more children a safe, caring environment in which to learn and grow, and allow more women to go back to work and pursue their careers, which is critical to closing the gender wage gap.
As part of a five-year commitment to help 100,000 more children up to the age of four access child care, Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in capital projects alone. This will add an estimated 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools and other community settings. Additionally, the province is increasing operating funding and subsidies to help more children aged 0–4 years access quality child care.
During this period of rapid economic change, the government knows it must step up to create fairness and opportunity for families. In addition to providing easier access to affordable child care for 100,000 more children, the plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“These new child care spaces continue our government's key strategic commitment to provide the best in early childhood education. Study after study has proven how important early education is, as well as access to child care spaces. These 25 spaces mark an excellent opportunity for families to count on reliable licenced day care spaces here in Brighton and Trenton."
— Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West
“Creating more licensed child care spaces in schools is key to building an early years and child care system that is seamless and accessible for families in Ontario. These school-based spaces support young children and their families with access to affordable, high-quality care closer to home. By investing in our children's early years, we are giving them a strong start in life and building a strong future for all of us.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
"Ontario’s schools are places where communities come together to grow and thrive. By integrating more licensed child care spaces into schools, we are building a stronger education system that supports students and their families from the earliest years onward.”
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education
“Child and family centre programs in our schools support positive transitions for students and families, by providing learning and partnership opportunities for young children and families, and through the development of strong, positive experiences with schools, teachers and other staff. We extend our sincere thanks to MPP Rinaldi, and the provincial government, for their continued support in making the transition from daycare to school seamless for our students and parents."
— Diane Lloyd, Chairperson of the Board, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.
“Expanding licensed childcare space at this school-based facility will deliver greater access to quality early years services for local families. This expansion will help to address a pressing need for licensed infant childcare in our community, and advance our shared purpose to build strong and supported children, families and communities.”
— Mark Lovshin, Warden for Northumberland County
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