Parents deserve a say on daycare takeover plans

Parents deserve a say on daycare takeover plans

November 17th, 2011|

Waterloo Region Record

Before we consider the situation in Waterloo Region today, recall a memorable exchange between former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and a federal bureaucrat about the growth of a U.S. government child care program. The expansion-minded functionary assured Gramm the state could love and care for the senator’s children just as well as he could.

“Really,” replied Gramm. “Then what are their names?”

Which brings us to the current debate over seamless-day child care, and yet another absurd bureaucratic attempt to usurp parental decision-making.

Just as one should never underestimate a parent’s absolute love for their children, neither should one underestimate a bureaucracy’s love for absolute control.

In 2009 the province announced plans for full-day kindergarten plus morning and afternoon daycare that would allow parents of children ages four to seven drop off their kids at school as early as 7 a.m. and pick them up as late as 6 p.m.

This was refined in 2010 to allow non-profit operators of daycares currently running programs inside schools, such as YMCA or Owl Child Care, to deliver the child care portion of the program. This is known as the “hybrid model.” Every school board in the province has adopted the hybrid model — except Waterloo Region. Our local public and Catholic school boards intend to make this daycare business their exclusive purview. It is a decision made without any parental input or consultation.

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