Government still doesn’t understand childcare needs: Michael
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says today’s government announcement about child care demonstrates nothing more than that government still has no appreciation for the needs of families in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“What government did today was make a few minor tweaks to their inadequate so-called child care strategy,” Michael said. “Certainly private operators need enhanced subsidies if they are continue to operate in the business of looking after children. And anything that enhances the wages of child care providers is a welcome step, so it is good to see the equity in the supplement for ECEs in Family Child Care homes.
“However, let’s not confuse this announcement with the creation of an adequate child care program. This announcement does nothing to address the needs of the thousands of families in this province who either cannot find spaces for their children or cannot afford child care.”
Michael says it does little for a working family to be given “awareness of the regulated child care industry” if the family’s income cannot stretch to pay for spaces in that industry.
“We have to accept the fact that for too many families in this province, child care is out of reach. This government has consistently refused to adequately address the problem and even now, in their last desperate days of pre-election announcements, they are refusing to do more than window-dressing,” Michael said.