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Funding pledged by feds for child care ‘woefully inadequate,’ say experts, as costs expected to rise

By Palak Mangat      

'People just decide that they have to bite the bullet and just do it. It hurts, but they pay,' says Susan Prentice, a sociology professor at the University of Manitoba who sits on Ottawa's expert panel on early learning and child care data and research.

Child care experts say the $625-million announced last week by Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough is not enough, and should be 'urgently revisited' if the feds truly want to make progress on helping Canadians get access to affordable child care once they return to work. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Even as some families remain on the fence over whether to send their children to daycare, experts say governments need to spend more money on child care to help centres adapt to public health regulations. 

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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