The Task Force on City-Operated Child Care reported to council on September 11th, 2017. Josephine Iorfida, Karen Martin and Rod Cooper were present to represent the Childcare members of CUPE Local 87.
The task force was established in early 2015 to identify and make recommendations relative to options for increased efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of high quality service at the child care centres. The reason for the creation of the task force is because the centres operate at a $700,000 yearly deficit and a Councillor, at that time, recommended closure.
The task force presented three options for Council’s consideration. The first two options included reductions to net operating cost of $116,000 with the first option being to continue to operate status quo (the union and administration worked diligently together to find cost savings). The second option is to relocate the Algoma child care centre to a school site. The third option would see a savings of $142,100 and amalgamate Algoma and Grace Remus to one school site, which would create a FTE loss of 4 and increase the PTE to 3 (the union members on the committee are definitely not in favour).
The goal of presenting to council at the September 11th meeting was to present the recommendations and to ask council to direct Administration to consult with additional stakeholders on the three options presented in the report.
The input collected at these open sessions will then be presented to council in October-November in order to facilitate their decision on the future of the Childcare centres.
Dates for these open sessions will be communicated to the public. We hope you can attend!!