Stop board-run daycare petition launched

Stop board-run daycare petition launched

November 15th, 2011|

A Kitchener mother is launching a petition in hopes of preventing the public school board from taking over before-and-after daycare programs at elementary schools across the region.

Natalie Waddell, whose sons attends J.W. Gerth Public School in Kitchener, is incensed by soon-to-be implemented changes that will see the Waterloo Region District School Board begin operating before- and after-school daycares, currently run by third-party providers on school sites.

Waddell is concerned parents weren’t part of the consultation equation and is collecting signatures on a petition to raise a collective parent voice.

“I know that no one individual can have an impact on the decision-makers,” she told the Times, “that the only chance of change would be to unite as a group.”

Waddell has collected 75 signatures within days of starting the petition.

The move to stand up for parents was something she felt compelled to do.

“I honestly haven’t done anything like this before, but I knew if I didn’t do something, and the changes went through quietly, I would have great regrets.”

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