Social Justice Reporter Laurie Monsebraaten has brought us another article – keeping us all informed about the new and exciting progress in the licensed child care sector! For your convenience, we’ve copied the article below. For more information, stay tuned! The policy change will be announced in it’s entirety tomorrow – and we’ll keep you posted right here on the blog as things move forward!
New funding will encourage more home daycares to become licensed and parents already using licensed home daycare should see a fee cut, advocates say.
“Ontario will encourage more home daycares to join the licensed system by providing new funding to support regulated home-based care, the Star has learned.
The policy change, to be announced Tuesday as part of the province’s five-year vision for early learning and child care, means home daycare providers will no longer have to pay a percentage of the daily fees they receive from parents to join a licensed home child-care agency.
And it means parents already using licensed home daycare should see a fee cut.
“This is just a small piece of our expansion plan, but it is something very different from what we have done before,” a government source said. “It will increase access for families and increase spaces in the licensed home child-care sector by encouraging more operators to join a licensed agency.”
Provincial operating funding for home child-care agencies will begin in 2018 and is part of Ontario’s previously announced plan to create 100,000 new licensed child-care spots for children under age 4. Spaces will also be added in schools and community-based settings under the initiative that will be fleshed out on Tuesday.
The funding is in addition to $200 million announced in the provincial budget to create 8,000 new licensed spots in child-care centres and subsidize 16,000 low- and moderate-income families this year.
About 7,500 home daycares with roughly 30,000 spots are licensed through home child-care agencies in Ontario. Agency staff visit homes a minimum of four times a year, help caregivers meet ministry standards, offer professional development, lend toys and equipment, share insurance costs and provide backup support in an emergency or illness.
Until now, agencies were funded through parent fees or subsidies. But under the change, municipalities, which are responsible for delivering child care across the province, will receive earmarked funds to pay agencies directly. Non-profit agencies will be favoured, the source said.”
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Until next time,
– Today’s Family