150 Children to Benefit from 9 New Child Care Rooms in Local Schools
News from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley
Posted December 18, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Ontario is taking a significant step towards creating 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, communities and other public spaces across the province including funding for 9 new child care rooms at 3 schools in the Niagara Region. As a result of this investment, 150 children and their families will gain access to high-quality licensed care in a safe, convenient setting.
Oakridge Public School and École élémentaire L’Héritage in St. Catharines as well as Our Lady of Mount Caramel Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls will each be receiving more than $1.5 million to construct these additional spaces.
As part of a five-year commitment to help 100,000 more children up to the age of four access child care, Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in capital projects alone. This will add an estimated 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools and other community settings. Additionally, the province is increasing operating funding and subsidies to help more children aged 0–4 years access quality child care.
Helping more families access quality, affordable child care is an essential part of the government’s plan for a fairer, better Ontario. It will give more children a safe, caring environment in which to learn and grow.
During this period of rapid economic change, the government knows it must step up to create fairness and opportunity for families. In addition to providing easier access to affordable child care for 100,000 more children, the plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25.
These new child care spaces will make an important difference in the lives of many Niagara area families, providing the best possible start in life with an education system that supports them from the earliest years onward. — Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines
“Creating more licensed child care spaces in schools is key to building an early years and child care system that is seamless and accessible for families in Ontario. These school-based spaces support young children and their families with access to affordable, high-quality care closer to home. By investing in our children’s early years, we are giving them a strong start in life and building a strong future for all of us.” — Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
“Ontario’s schools are places where communities come together to grow and thrive. By integrating more licensed child care spaces into schools, we are building a stronger education system that supports students and their families from the earliest years onward.” — Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Education
- Ontario is investing $231 million in 2017-18 to help create 493 new child care rooms in 188 schools across the province. As a result of this investment 8,440 children and their families will gain access to high-quality licensed child care.
- Since 2012–13, the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to almost 390,000 — a 32 per cent increase.
- In June, Ontario released its Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework and Expansion Plan, which outlines a vision for a high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care system.
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