Is All-Day K Needed to Ease Daycare Shortage?
Daycare Vacancy Rate Over 7% in TorontoThe Toronto area has over 7 % of daycare centre spaces vacant as of December 2009. This does not include vacancies in family daycares and in centres that do not receive fee-subsidy children. Including those spaces would mean an even higher vacancy rate.
We hear all-day kindergarten for 3-5 year olds is needed as daycare for "working parents" and that there is a severe shortage of daycare spaces. Daycare advocates use "wait lists" as a proxy measure to prove shortages and demand for more daycare. Other observes note that "wait lists" are statistically meaningless because names are listed more than once, names are counted long before parents want to use daycare, some are already using daycare, and names are not removed .
Unreported vacancy data provide a more accurate and very different picture.
Child Care Vacancies"At any given time there will always be child care vacancies in the licensed system because of the progression of children from one age group to another as well as the movement of children in and out of the system." From: http://www.toronto.ca/children/facts_figs.htm
Toronto city data reveals there is a daycare space surplus: there is an over-all vacancy rate of 7% in fee-subsidized centres.
Current Vacancies in Toronto Daycare System
Daycare spaces in Toronto. "Purchased" spaces means fee is subsidized ie. the fee is paid by Toronto.
Vacant spaces in daycares that have fee-subsidized spaces
Toronto increasing per diem rate for daycare
work with all parties and all interests to seek equality for all families.
Daycare Lobby | Book List: Recommended Reading | Audio/Video | How You Can Help
Join/Donate/Subscribe | Contact Us | FAQ | Home
E-Tango Creative Web Design