Harris: School Board Moving in the Right DirectionFebruary 28, 2012
QUEEN’S PARK —Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris welcomed the news last night that the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) has scrapped plans to eliminate third-party day care providers in our local schools.
“I have always maintained that the best solution for local families was for the school board to implement a solution that supported existing before-and after-school programs, while at the same time establishing new public day care services in schools without a provider.”
The new Customized Community Model adopted by the WRDSB will preserve existing third-party day care services while encouraging the Board, along with its providers, to work collaboratively to ensure school sites are serviced by either third-party providers or the school board.
“Waterloo Region’s Progressive Conservative MPP’s have stood with parents and day care providers on this issue from the very beginning,” said Harris. “As a father myself, I know that parents and guardians should be the ultimate decision makers when choosing their child’s day care. I am pleased the WRDSB has listened to parents and decided against a board-run program.”
The future of third-party providers became uncertain in February 2010, when the McGuinty government introduced Bill 242 which put third-party providers and parent’s right to choose day care suppliers at risk. “The PC Caucus has consistently supported choice in day care,” said Harris. “I will continue to consult with parents, trustees and third-party providers to ensure that current and future government legislation on day care puts children first.”