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Separate Wait-list for Child Care Fee Assistance in Toronto

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While doing research about the Toronto Child Care Subsidy and having worked in a childcare centre with families and parents that were accepted with subsidy, I have made notes on some situations. The credentials to applying for subsidy in Toronto is that you are required to be a resident, moving to or an employee of the City of Toronto, which is acceptable and understandable. However, each parent/guardian has to either be employed, seeking work, going to school or planning to, or if you or your child has special needs. I feel like these standards are quite difficult for some parents to meet. First off, if both parents are employed, they should be the families that are immediately waitlisted and perhaps declined services depending on each circumstance.

Some parents/guardians of these children are unable to find jobs because they are denied or waitlisted for subsidy, these should be the families with priorities. It is not a fair chance for these families that really require subsidy in Toronto to help give their child a sense of socialization with other children. To give these children some time to interact and make new friends. To allow them to be children and have fun! It is unfortunate that some parents/guardians are unable to help their child(ren) out or they are doing the best they can possibly do with their child(ren) and require a little more assistance from the government. Perhaps, if not everyone is eligible for subsidy in Toronto then fees for child care should be looked into being changed to help lower income families afford these child care centres.

87,000 children under the age of 12 are living in Toronto in a low-income household. Some parents are unable to afford child care and are forced to stay home. As a mother that works daily, I should be required to pay for child care full charge to give those that cannot afford child care a chance. There are many families in Toronto that have children with special needs and some of these families are also in a low income family. It’s hard for them to give their child the best life possible without the assistance from the government. The City of Toronto needs to separate the subsidy list for typical children with family income issues apart from children with special needs. These children are children that may require a little more care or perhaps they require a lot more care. Their parents are their number one fans and as much as they are with them every single day, they need the help of professional early childhood educators to work with their child in everyday activities. Full-day program, part-time programs, summer camps, these children should be allotted the same structure in a day as a typical child would. Why is it fair that the mom that is struggling to find work while working with her down syndrome child every day to give him the best life possible is on the same waitlist as the parents that have 2 full time jobs? There should be a separation between typical children and families to the families of a low income and families with needs. There are over 25,000 licensed child care centres in Toronto with subsidy available and yet far more children that require it. They need Toronto’s help! And shouldn’t we be the ones to help our neighbours?

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