Parents demand say in child care debate

Parents demand say in child care debate

November 21st, 2011|

Waterloo Region Record

Parents concerned about changes to before and after-school care at elementary schools say they’ve been shut out of the process.

With a standing-room audience behind them, a handful of speakers chastised public school trustees Monday night for not living up to their own pledges to be open and consultative.

“We need to be part of this process,” said Chaundra Barker. “Decisions made without dialogue are unhealthy decisions.”

At issue is the board’s move to take over extended day programs for four- to seven-year-olds from the third-party providers currently offering them at some schools.

Both the public and Catholic boards plan to assume responsibility for those programs, while offering the third-party providers the chance to run recreational programs for other age groups.

Parents say they weren’t consulted and their concerns include a loss of summer programming and an increase in cost.

“We need quality daycare at affordable prices accessible to all types of children, all year long,” said Elaine Brown, whose six-year-old son has cerebral palsy.

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