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Wynne announces new child care spaces

Wynne announces new child care spaces

TORONTO –  The election campaign for the provincial Government has not officially started. Someone will have to advise the Press and Media types who follow the Premier and her Cabinet, hoping for that “gotcha” moment.
The Premier, accompanied by two Ministers, Indira Naidoo-Harris and Laura Albanese, came to Santa Maria Catholic Elementary School, in the old city of York to make an important announcement on child care spaces.
$5.6 million to four schools in order to provide 186 child care spaces in York South-Weston (a traditionally working-class area of Toronto) as the MPP, Minister Laura Albanese looked on, with smiling satisfaction.
39 of those spaces for toddlers and pre-schoolers right in Santa Maria, one of Trustee Frank D’Amico’s schools. The Principal Ana Carreiro-Neto introduced the challenges faced by children whose parents face the choice of going to work or staying at home to care for their precious offspring.
It was a theme of socialization, heath and education that both Minister Naidoo-Harris and the Premier Wynne dealt with in some detail. Child care is a fundamental part of the continuum of education.
Eleven members from five different child-care advocacy groups, the Director of Education, a Superintendent and several others stood by approvingly. 
The premier talked about 100,000 affordable and accessible spaces (a 25% increase over what was available before) created under her Administration.
She talked some philosophy, some ideology. She invited questions … from the Press and Media, most of them barely out of College.
You guessed it. Questions about the Auditor-General’s Report; Teachers’ use of collectively bargained rights; the civil law suit re libel and slander with the leader of the PC party… blah, blah. Not one question on child care.
Mea culpa. I should have been more forceful.
But my kids and grandkids are out of the system. At least, MY assignment editor wanted me to ask questions regarding certification, affordability and cost to individual families, and collectively to society.
Now we’ll know what to ask the others.
 
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