D’Amato: The discussion can now begin on bigger child care issues

D’Amato: The discussion can now begin on bigger child care issues

February 27th, 2012|

Waterloo Region Record

The public school board in Waterloo Region is poised to react gracefully and generously tonight to the storm of criticism they’ve received from parents.

A report will be placed before trustees Monday evening, describing a plan to leave well enough alone when it comes to before- and after-school child care for four- to seven-year-olds.

Simply put, agencies already offering this care in the schools will be able to continue. Where there isn’t an agency already providing care, the board will do it.

It’s a simple solution, and also a decent one. It means that organizations like the YMCA can continue to do their work instead of being forced out. And the parents and children who have formed a deep relationship with these agencies, and their child-care workers, will not face uncertainty.

Last year, the board had planned to push these agencies aside and have a monopoly in all the schools. Parents were furious that their arrangements were being threatened. At first it looked as if the board would wait out the protest and do what it wanted.

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