For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
FLYNN URGES PROVINCE TO MODERNIZE CHILD CARE SYSTEM
OAKVILLE – MPP Kevin Flynn is urging the province to move ahead with the next phase of modernizing the child care system in Ontario.
“Early learning and child care are fundamental to Ontario’s success,” said Flynn. “The implementation of full-day kindergarten (FDK), the biggest innovation in our education system in a generation, has positioned Ontario as a leader in North America but it’s time to take the next step in modernizing our child care system.”
Earlier this year, Flynn brought the Minister of Children and Youth Services Laurel Broten to St. Luke’s elementary school in Clearview to launch the release of a discussion paper that sought input on how to strengthen the child care sector and to provide families with access to safe, reliable and high quality child care services. Flynn had Minister Broten return to Oakville last week to visit the Oakville YMCA and consult further with the sector.
“We heard that we need an updated operating funding formula that takes into consideration the rate of Halton’s population growth,” said Flynn. “I am calling on the government to bring forward a plan that addresses the needs of Oakville families and child care operators and creates a high-quality, accessible and coordinated child care system.”
With the long-term vision for child care in mind, the government identified five key areas for action over the next three years:
(1) Operating funding formula;
(2) Capital funding priorities;
(3) Quality programs;
(4) Modernized legislative and regulatory framework; and
(5) Support for accountability and capacity-building
The province has received feedback from consultations with the child care sector and is working towards the next phase.
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