Fee in­creases co­ming for Cham­plain day­cares

Tribune Express - - ACTUALITÉ - NEWS - DIANE HUN­TER diane.hun­ter@eap.on.ca

The Cham­plain day­care ser­vices have been run­ning in a deficit for the past se­ve­ral years. As a re­sult, prices will be going up.

Cham­plain Town Coun­cil ap­pro­ved the in­crease in day­care ser­vices for 2016 by $2 per day for day­care, $1per day for be­fore and af­ter school pro­grams, and $1 per day for day camp. In 2017 and again in 2018 there will be an ad­di­tio­nal in­crease of $3 per day for day­care, $2 per day for be­fore and af­ter school pro­grams, and $2 per day for day camp, for each year.

Cur­rent­ly, day­care ser­vice prices in Cham­plain are the lo­west in the area with Haw­kes­bu­ry char­ging $34 per day for day­care, and Rus­sell, Ro­ck­land, and Li­moges char­ging $40 per day.

Cham­plain Chief Ad­mi­nis­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, Pau­la Knud­sen, pre­pa­red an ad­mi­nis­tra­tive re­port along with day­care co­or­di­na­tor Marie Pa­geau Hand­field, re­gar­ding fee in­creases to day­care ser­vices, brought be­fore coun­cil. The fee in­creases will ge­ne­rate more re­ve­nue, the­re­fore de­crea­sing the day­cares’ deficit by ap­proxi­ma­te­ly $130,000 by 2018.

In 2014, the day­care ser­vices had a deficit of $179,000, and have been run­ning at a deficit of ap­proxi­ma­te­ly $70,000 to $106,000 since 2010. The day­care ser­vices in­clude The Vank­leek Hill Day Nur­se­ry, St. Jude’s Lear­ning Centre, Jour­née Pro­lon­gée St-Gré­goire, Jour­née Pro­lon­gée Ate­lier, and Ate­lier des Pe­tits.

The re­port in­di­cates there is no ex­ces­sive spen­ding and day­cares are ve­ry well ma­na­ged, ope­ra­ting on a shoe string bud­get. Most of the day­care wor­kers are contrac­tual, so they do not re­ceive any form of be­ne­fits other than va­ca­tion pay. Knud­sen sta­ted in her re­port that day­care wor­kers take pride in their work and strive to cut ex­penses when pos­sible.

The Cham­plain Day­care offers a heal­thy meal, as well as two heal­thy snacks five days a week. Cham­plain serves 150 chil­dren per day, eve­ry day ex­cept wee­kends and ho­li­days, and em­ploys 30 day­care wor­kers. There is al­so ample op­por­tu­ni­ty for Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion stu­dents to com­plete in­ter­n­ships at one of the Cham­plain day­care fa­ci­li­ties.

Knud­sen ad­ded in her re­port that good day­care ser­vices at­tract people to the area, pro­vi­ding an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture.

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