Big-box child care buys Ontario centres

Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star

… Edleun’s expansion into Ontario comes at a time when the province’s patchwork of mostly non-profit daycare programs is teetering on the verge of collapse due to municipal cuts, chronic provincial underfunding and the loss of 4- and 5-year-olds to all-day kindergarten.

Advocates who have been lobbying for a public or non-profit system of high-quality, affordable child care for all families that need it, say Edleun’s arrival marks the beginning of the privatization of daycare in Ontario….

Ontario Early Learning adviser Charles Pascal, who has just returned from Australia where he talked to child-care staff who worked at former ABC Learning centres, is alarmed by the arrival big box child care in Ontario….