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Brown Bear owner wants a level playing field for private daycares

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tamara Brown (photo above by Barry Gray) owns the three Brown Bear Day Care centres in Stittsville. In Part 1 of our interview, she explained how all-day kindergarten is hurting daycare centres in our area.  

In Part 2, she gives an overview of several other issues affecting her and other local day care facilities, including new provincial licensing standards and different rules for non-profit vs. private centres in how funding and subsidies are allocated.

We’d like to hear from other parents and childcare providers about their experiences with daycare, and how the various issues are affecting you. You can email us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca or add your comments below.

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LETTER: Complaints about all-day kindergarten are ironic

Re: All-day kindergarten hits local daycare centres hard

It is ironic that Brown Bear is complaining about full day kindergarten. I ran a home daycare in Stittsville for seven years until Brown Bear, three daycares, and the multitude of other daycares started opening. Then our supply of children went way down because of those daycares and I had to close my daycare and find work outside of the home.

As a coincidence I found that work as a RECE in full day kindergarten, so it seems they are now feeling the sting that the home daycares felt when they opened their three daycares, and now they have to adjust like we did.

Debbie Langford, Stittsville


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All-day kindergarten hits local daycare centres hard

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since October, at least three long-standing daycare facilities in Ottawa have shut down: Mini Muffins in Kanata, Tupper Tots in Nepean, and St. Elias Child Care and Family Resource Centre in Mooney’s Bay.

The exact reasons behind each closure is different, but a common thread is the recent introduction of all-day kindergarten (ADK) into Ontario schools. ADK has syphoned 3-, 4- and 5- year olds away from private and public daycare facilities and into the school system. Many daycare centres have been struggling to cope with the loss of clientele, because fees from older children help offset the cost of care for infants and toddlers, which is much more labour-expensive to provide.

Tamara Brown owns three Brown Bear Day Care facilities in Stittsville. In She says that ADK is just one of several major changes in policy that is affecting local daycare centres. Other challenges include new provincial licensing standards, and different rules for non-profit vs. private centres in how funding and subsidies are allocated.

We’d like to hear from other parents and childcare providers about their experiences with daycare, and how the various changes are affecting you. You can email us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca or add your comments below.

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