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B.C. NDP announces proposal to lower fees for infant and toddler care
Straight.com
NDP leader Adrian Dix has outlined a three-year plan to reduce fees for existing licensed infant and toddler care by 20 percent, and increase spaces where the need is greatest. If elected, the party says it would spend $100 million over three years on the plan, starting with $10 million in 2013/2014.
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Full-time francophone child care in the works
Canmore Leader
Francophone educators in the Bow Valley are working towards a full-time childcare option for young French-speaking children. The Société des parents pour l'éducation francophone de Canmore — SPEF de Canmore — is conducting an online market study to evaluate the community's need for increased francophone childcare. Depending on the results of the survey, which will be evaluated after May 5, a full-time program could be ready in time for September.
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Victoria County moving closer to home-based day care system
Cape Breton Post
A family home daycare program appears to be the right fit for the needs of the people of Victoria County. The program that sees child care provided in a private home recently emerged as a viable option in the midst of a long search to find a system to help keep young families living in the county.
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Opinion: Picking up the pieces on child care
Toronto Star
The Star has it right: the provincial government needs to step in with clear direction and funding to fix the extended day/child-care mess it has created. It's quite obvious that community-based child-care centres cannot sustain before- and after-school programs using the current funding model. This has been an issue in school-age child care for decades, and is the reason that I couldn’t find a school-age space for my daughter for love nor money.
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Day care, tuition debated by candidates at Terrace, B.C. college
Terrace Standard
Northwest Community College students and instructors received a taste of NDP electoral financial caution during an all candidates meeting held at the college's Terrace campus. Robin Austin, the NDP candidate seeking re-election in Skeena in the provincial election, told students there isn't enough money to do everything students may want his party to do if it's elected.

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Stark choice for day care
NiagaraThisWeek
Kids don't come cheap. From outgrowing clothes as fast as parents can buy them to braces and the voracious appetite of teenagers, raising a child is a costly thing. A new report commissioned by Brock University's Niagara Community Observatory has shone a spotlight on one of the most expensive things about raising young children: day care.

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Opinion: Change subsidy program instead of chasing universal child care
The Delta Optimist
I have operated a licenced family childcare for 17 years in South Delta and I agree there is a problem with parents receiving low wages and their ability to find childcare. Child caregivers and parents all know the subsidy program is outdated and the amount parents receive does not cover the full cost of the care they need.

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Well-to-do families should not be receiving child care benefits
The Waterloo Region Record
Canada's Universal Child Care Benefit is an unfocussed universal program that should be reformed to target financial assistance to families that need the help. As government revenues fell during the "Great Recession" and spending went up to provide economic stimulus, Canada's fiscal position deteriorated. The International Monetary Fund recently conducted an analysis of public finances in affluent countries and found that, unless Canada makes policy changes to either collect more revenue or spend less money, the country's public debt will rise to dangerous levels.
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Day care subsidy requests spike in Hamilton
CHCH Hamilton
An unprecedented number of families are looking for help to pay for child care in Hamilton. Lisa Hepfner spoke to one single mother of three who may have to quit her full time job because she can't afford the cost of going to work.
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Parents on their own when it comes to choosing the best day care
The Tri-City News
The case of Arto Howley is every parent's worst nightmare. But it also raises questions about a family's child care options. In B.C., parents can choose between licensed day cares (of which there are eight different types, depending on the age of your child), licence-not-required (LNR) and registered LNR day cares.
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English school board pulls child out of day care for lapsed payment
CBC News
When Stephany got a bill from her daughter's school asking her for an overdue payment of $1,600, she was shocked. It was the first thing the single mother, who asked not to use her last name to protect her child's identity, had heard from the school about non-payment for after-school day care. She had worked out an arrangement with her child's father after they separated in which he was supposed to pay half of the day care costs. It currently costs $7 a day for the after-school program, with the occasional extra cost for meals or snacks.
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