Several parents appeared at the Waterloo Region District School Board meeting Monday night to reiterate their concerns about plans to implement board-run before- and after-school care for four- to seven-year-olds.
The plan will see the board take over before- and after-school care for students aged four to seven, while third-party providers, such as the YMCA, will continue to manage younger and older age groups.
However, some parents from schools where third-party care is offered are concerned about the change, including cost increases and lack of summer care.
“Forcing board run daycare into Ryerson school (Cambridge) will not fill a void of child care, it will create one,” said Ashley Ross.
She said the four to seven age group subsidizes care for younger children, and if the board takes over that care it will increase daycare costs for toddlers, which will result in lower enrolment and possibly even closure.
But Mary Lou Mackie, WRDSB executive superintendent of education, said the board has an obligation to offer care at all schools. Currently 28 out of 103 elementary schools have licensed child care and third-party providers offer service for only nine per cent of the junior and senior kindergarten population.
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