Braving the elements to protest daycare changes

Braving the elements to protest daycare changes

January 17th, 2012|

Waterloo Region Record

The tassels on the earflaps of Audrey’s tuque flitted back and forth in a merciless wind. This was no night to be outside. Tuesday night was no January evening to stand with 60 other demonstrators outside Driftwood Park Public School in Kitchener to fight looming changes that would push their cherished third-party providers out of kindergarten daycare programs in Waterloo Region schools.

Audrey snuggled into her mom’s coat as a sideways snow began.

“There’s no reason why we can’t have two different systems,” Christine Moores said as she held her daughter, who gets YMCA child care at J.W. Gerth public school in Kitchener. “I’m OK with the Board running their own program. Just don’t take away what’s already working so well.”

So they stood in the cold and the snow and the wind to fight public and catholic school board plans to take over all before-and-after school care for kindergarten age students in the Region’s schools.

Most of the protesters arrived with signs before six, a good hour before a community round table discussion on extended day issues was to take place in the warmth of the school gymnasium.

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