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School Boards should abandon plans to eliminate Third-Party Day Care

December 6, 2011
 Harris calls on local school boards to adopt hybrid-delivery model for day care services

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris stood in support of families with children in third-party day care centres by launching a petition calling on the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to scrap plans to eliminate third-party day care services in our local schools.

Although the provincial government has not instructed Ontario school boards to eliminate third-party day care services, Waterloo Region’s Public and Catholic school boards have become the only two boards in the province moving toward scrapping third-party day care services.

Harris proposes that both Waterloo Region school boards, instead, consider a hybrid-delivery model recently adopted by Trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Under this hybrid system, existing before-and after-school programs would continue to operate, while new public day care services could be established in schools without a day care provider already.

In support of local parents, on December 5th Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris presented petitions in the Ontario Legislature on this issue. In addition, Harris launched a new petition today, calling on both school boards to abandon plans that would take away parents’ choice in selecting day care options for their children. Click here to view the petition.


“Parents and guardians – not the school board – should be the ultimate decision makers when choosing the day care provider most appropriate for their children. I encourage the Waterloo Region school boards to work with local families to adopt a solution that continues to put children first.” ~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga

“Trustees for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board made the right decision by adopting a hybrid-delivery model, which supports existing before-and after-school programs while at the same time establishing new public day care services in schools without a current provider. I encourage our local school boards to consider this option.”  ~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga