Laura Albanese’s office will be having a meeting tomorrow to discuss child care in the province. The province is committed to “help create 100,000 additional licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years, starting in 2017″—about 25% more spaces than exist right now.
The Mount Dennis Community Association has an idea: more subsidized spaces in schools. They say the city’s current plan is a bad one, which would increase fees on many parents to subsidize a few: the city wants to cut a general rent-reduction plan and redirect the money for subsidized spots.
That subsidy reduces the cost of daycare at day cares located in schools. Schools are the most convenient location for most parents. When the new plan goes into effect, each day care will have a handful more subsidized spaces, but the increased rent will likely either drive up the price [in school daycares], or force closures.