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City Council Seeking to Save Money Wants Ministry of Education to Take on Responsibility for its Childcare Centres

When a city council wants to balance its books possibilities include passing control of city childcare centres to the Ministry of Education and going for private-public partnerships.  


Toronto, July 2012 - Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti released a report this month calling on the province to take control of city childcare centres, passing on the financial responsibility.

Last July, Mayor Rob Ford appointed Mammoliti as chair of a childcare task force aimed at finding alternative funding solutions as the city tried to balance its books. The task force was borne out of the cost-cutting recommendations floated by city consultant KPMG last summer.

According to the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star, Mammoliti wants childcare for children under the age of three to be covered by the Ministry of Education, similar to the province’s all-day kindergarten programme that has early childhood educators working in schools.

Mammoliti wasn't available for comment on the reports.

In last summer’s controversial KPMG Core Services Review, the consultant suggested the city phase out some 2000 subsidized childcare spaces the province no longer funds.

A city report released last Autumn called on the province to pony up $C74 million to save those 2000 spaces from closure — $C27 million in transitional funding after the implementation of all-day kindergarten, $C13.9 million for childcare funding in schools, $C13.5 million to reconfigure childcare centres outside schools for younger kids and $C20 million to maintain existing service levels of 24,000 childcare subsidies.

The childcare task force is expected to release a list of recommendations soon. It's expected to include recommendations proposing private-public partnerships for daycares.

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