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November 26, 2004
City welcomes expanded early learning programs and child care subsidies
The City of Toronto supports the Government of Ontario's improved access to
child care subsidies, infant screening programs and hearing, speech and
language programs for young children.

Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni
announced the improvements yesterday.

"We're pleased that the province is listening to what Toronto and other cities
have said about child care and early learning," said Mayor David Miller.

"We look forward to working with the province as an equal partner in all phases
of implementing the expanded programs," said Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair of
the Mayor's Roundtable on Education, Children and Youth. "Given the City's long
history of innovation in early learning and child care, we hope that the
province chooses Toronto as one of the communities to host pilot programs.
Toronto demonstrates the seamless day approach through the $3 million First
Duty project."

The Province intends to organize these services around neighbourhood hubs. "The
City's initiatives to sustain strong neighbourhoods are consistent with this
and 40 per cent of the Toronto's child care programs are already located in
schools," said Mayor Miller.

The City's Children's Services Division promotes and delivers quality child
care by providing subsidized child care spaces across Toronto. This vast
network includes directly operated child care centres, purchased spaces in
other licensed centres, and private home day care. The division also provides
funding to resource centres, summer camps and programs serving children with
special needs.

Media contact:
Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair, Mayor's Roundtable on Education, Children and



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