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November 4, 2013
The City of Toronto launches its Let's Talk Child Care campaign
Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) were joined by members of the community and city staff to announce the launch of the new Let's Talk Child Care campaign with an unveiling of transit shelter ads promoting the upcoming Parent Summit. The goal of the Summit is to hear directly from Toronto parents regarding their experiences with child care.

"The Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents to tell us how we should prioritize services for children and families in this city," said Councillor Perruzza. "Their input will help us develop a child care funding model that is accessible, affordable and sustainable for years to come."

"Child care is an important issue that affects everyone in this city," said Councillor Davis. "Studies have shown that an individual's success in securing employment is closely linked to their ability to obtain quality child care. When a parent can't find child care, it affects us all economically."

Parents and guardians are invited to participate in discussions at several locations throughout the city. There will also be opportunities for residents to gain a better understanding of Toronto's child care system as well as to obtain more information about City programs for families. There will be four sessions over two days across the city:

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
North: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway)
South: Toronto Central Grosvenor YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St. (Yonge and Grosvenor)

Saturday, November 23, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
East: Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. (east of Markham Rd.)
West: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 the West Mall (Burnamthorpe and the West Mall)

Participants can register online at or by calling 311. Child care, special accommodations and language services can be made available upon request during registration.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Aggie Fortier, Senior Communications Coordinator
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