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On Feb. 1, hundreds of parents and child care supporters went to Council chambers to urge City Council not to shut down its 7 public child care centres and two satellites. Despite two public polls that voted 2 to 1 for keeping the public centres open, City Council voted 5 to 3 to slam the doors shut on the programs.
How Can Local Politicians Work Together To Make Child Care Better In Windsor?
City Council should reverse its decision to close public child care centres and instead:
1. Consult parents, the community and the county about the best plan for children and families in the same way consultation took place during the 2005 consultant’s report.
2. Release a staff report that really looks at the child care crisis in Windsor and makes recommendations based on preserving Windsor’s high quality, public and non-profit child care services.
3. Work with parents and child care supporters to pressure the province to provide the child care funding that Windsor needs.
The Province states that there will be a $119 million savings in wage grants alone from full day learning for four and five year olds at full implementation. This money should be advanced to stabilize affected child care programs and expand learning and care options for younger children.
Tell the five councillors who voted to close our public child care centres how you feel: Coun. Dave Brister, Jo-Anne Gignac; Fulvio Valentinis; Drew Dilkens; Mayor Eddie Francis. You can contact City Councillors by dialing 311.
Call your MPP and tell them the province needs to release child care stabilization funds immediately. Click here to find your MPP.
Email your letter to: [email protected]. One or two paragraph letters are more likely to be published. Be sure to include your name and phone number, so the Star can contact you.
Monday, March 22, 2010: Windsor daycare parents to deliver giant Budget Cookie to Ontario Finance Minister. Click here for media advisory
Friday, March 5, 2010: Several hundred supporters of keeping Child Care centers open in the Windsor area rallied on Friday. Click here to read the Windsor Star article on the rally.
Thursday, March 4, 2010: Ontario Budget: Windsor Walk to tell Duncan Invest in kids! Click here for media advisory
Wednesday, March 3, 2010: NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath presenting the Windsor petitions in the Legislature yesterday! Click here for a video clip
Monday, February 1, 2010: Hundreds of child care supporters pack Council Chambers Click here for media story.
Friday, January 29th, 2010: Parents present Councillor Lewenza with Giant Heart. Click here for press release.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010: Listen to the OCBCC radio ad.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010: Essex County council voted unanimously to recommend that the city of Windsor postpone closing public child care centres. The county wants a consultation for parents and stakeholders. It wants a joint meeting with Windsor city council to discuss the public centres. And the county wants the opportunity to talk to the province about stabilization funding for child care.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010: AM 800 in Windsor did an online poll asking Windsor citizens if they support shutting down city child care centres. The overwhelming majority voted NO!
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010: Supporters pack community meeting to save public child care. Click here to see the photos.