The province is investing more than $23 million to build 35 new licensed child care rooms across the province.
It’s part of the government’s commitment to build safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces for Ontario families.
Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care) Indira Naidoo-Harris, was in Toronto this morning to make the announcement at Davisville Junior Public School.
That school will receive five new child care rooms and 62 licensed spaces. In total, the investment will support 610 new spaces opening across the province in the next two years in areas where there is significant demand.
Naidoo-Harris says “Adding 610 new child care spaces across Ontario is an investment in our children, and an important step toward improving access to high-quality, licensed child care for all families.”
Ontario’s ban on child care wait list fees also takes effect today. The ban prevents licensed child care centres and home child care agencies from charging fees or requiring deposits to join child care wait lists.
The hope is that these two initiatives will improve the accessibility of child care and make life easier for families. They also give more children the opportunity to transition from child care into full-day kindergarten in the same school, making for an easier adjustment.
In April 2015, the province announced $120 million in new funding dedicated to building safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province.
So far, $113 million has been allocated, resulting in almost 3,800 new licensed child care spaces coming soon to communities across Ontario.