BRAMPTON, ON. (Sept. 13 , 2012) – Today, Regional Council supported a recommendation from the Early Learning and Child Care in Peel Task Force that will strengthen Peel’s early learning and child care system.
“Since April, the Task Force listened to parents, residents, child care providers and community partners voicing their concerns and offering suggestions,” said Regional Councillor Gael Miles, Chair of the Task Force. “Today’s decision allows us to offer new early learning opportunities to many of the 200 children with special needs awaiting resources and the 850 infants, toddlers and preschool children waiting for fee subsidy to start a child care program.”
The Region has a mandate – through the Province – to manage the early learning and child care system in Peel. This includes provisions for distributing child care subsidy, early learning programs and some quality assurance measures.
The Task Force proposed 21 child care system-related enhancements in the areas of service delivery, planning, special needs, quality, advocacy and funding. To support these enhancements, they recommended a phased withdrawal of direct delivery of child care through the Region of Peel’s Learn.Play.Care. Centres by September 2014. This approach will allow most children to naturally age out from the Region’s centres into school-based programs, including full-day kindergarten.
“This was a bold move and a difficult decision,” said Regional Councillor Elaine Moore, Vice-Chair of the Task Force. “We are demonstrating that we are maximizing child care investment locally and look forward to the Province’s decisions around the modernization of child care to complement our efforts and ensure families in Peel have access to quality child care.”
The Region’s withdrawal from direct delivery through its 12 centres affects 126 regular and 117 casual and contract staff.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.