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Child Care Deserts. Increasing Fears


Worried parents who feared that the Humberside Daycare Center in Toronto's west end would be closing on August 31 are relieved to know that, as a result of their outcry the owners, have decided to maintain it for another year. They are in their seventies and were looking forward to retirement. Many parents feared they would have to quit work because of the lack of licensed day care facilities in their community. This fear was intensified by the new report that shows 44 per cent of non-school age children in Canada live in so-called child care-deserts where licensed spaces are scarce. 

Carolyn Ferns of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care said, ''Daycare centers close across Canada all the time and parents are lucky to get 60 days notice. I've heard cases where parents arrive on Monday morning at a non-profit center to find the doors locked. It's way too common and it shouldn't happen this way. This is nationwide, we need to see it as the public crisis that it is and fix it''. 

This is another of the many ways that life under capitalism increases our fears and insecurities.

For socialism, 
Steve, Mehmet, John & contributing members of the SPC


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