YMCA childcare reimbursements are heading towards an average pledge of $10 a day

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Parents with children five and under in local YMCA licensed child care and home child care will receive discounts this month, the first step toward the provincial $10 child care pledge per day on average announced by the government.

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The discounts of $5 to $11.25 per day for fees paid to the Y between April and September are the first discount under the federal government’s pan-Canadian early learning and child care program, to which Ontario joined.

“This is a big deal for families,” YMCA Owen Sound Grey-Bruce Child Care Program Director Cyndy Jefferson said after the Y issued a press release announcing that the 14 YMCAs in Ontario have opted into the program.

Y staff hoped for a program that would help children and families cut costs, especially families who otherwise couldn’t afford child care, Jefferson said.

The rebates represent a reduction of 25% of the basic care fees paid between April and September. The Y began charging the new, lower child care fees in October.

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A further fee reduction will follow in January to reduce the base fee by 50%, as long as the daily fee does not fall below the current $12 cap assigned to the Y, she said.

The program is expected to provide a provincial average of $10 a day child care by 2026.

The program applies to children aged five and under and there are different programs, for different ages, with different fees, so the discounts will be different.

“It will be very different for every family,” Jefferson said. “What we are focused on is quality, non-profit child care and we want to make sure it is affordable, accessible and of high quality for parents.”

For example, the toddler care program for children 18 months to 2.5 years old costs $45 per day and the first discount will be $11.25 per day.

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The before and after school program, for children five and under, is $20 per day, so the first discount is $5 per day. Currently, only children who attend both before and after school will be eligible for a future discount or reduction because fees are already below the $12 fee reduction cap, Jefferson said.

The local YMCA operates child care programs in Owen Sound, Hanover, Kincardine, Port Elgin and Ripley. There are 539 individual children in YMCA child care centers in Grey-Bruce. Funds for parents will come from the Y, after it receives money from Gray and Bruce counties, which are the administrators of the program.

The Y identifies itself as the largest not-for-profit licensed child care provider in Ontario for children six and under, offering over 10,000 licensed child care spaces and over 60,000 licensed pre-school spaces. and after school.

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