Simcoe County has received an "enhancement"
of $1.74 million in funding from the Ministry of Education (MEDU)
that will boost the number of subsidized day care spaces and special
education programs for 4,200 children.
The funding increase raised the total funding envelope for children's
services across Simcoe County, including locally at licensed facilities
in Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham, and Angus, to $26.8 million.
"While staff did not anticipate the new 100 per cent MEDU dollars, this
increase will allow for additional investment in programs and services
that further address local system service pressures," according to
County staff report to council by Jan Janssen, Manager, Early Learning
and Child Care, on this morning's agenda. "The Fee Subsidy Program
supports the County's effort to reduce poverty
and as such staff has allocated 65 per cent ($1,132,269) of the new
funding ($1,746,920) to the fee subsidy envelope."
The increase funding allocation was spread out through the various
components of the program, including Special Needs Resourcing whose
$150,422 increase will support approximately 376 additional children
currently on the
Ms. Jassen's report shows the number of licensed day care facilities
across the County has grown from 133 in 2011 to 193 (projected) this
The department is looking to hire two full-time Child Care
Representative positions, "required in order to manage workload
primarily associated with the County's Fee Subsidy Program and
secondarily with the County's Directly Operated Family Home Day Care
Program." Additionally, approval to engage a "contracted Consultant
would support staff in undertaking a comprehensive review of Special
Needs Resourcing intended to identify potential efficiencies and
ultimately strengthen service delivery."