The CEO of a Toronto co-working space that provides on-site childcare says full-day kindergarten is essential to working women and eliminating it would hurt the province’s economy.
In an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail, Amanda Munday says many women would be forced to leave the workforce if full-day kindergarten were eliminated.
“With average monthly childcare costs at thousands of dollars a child, asking families to find a spot and absorb the fees for half a day of care means some parents would be forced to leave the work force entirely,” she warns. “Plus, job turnover is expensive, especially in a labour market with little room for new human-resource costs.”
Munday cites economic research that shows how important full-day kindergarten is to the economy, including its positive effect on the job market.
Munday’s co-working space, The Workaround, is located in east-central Toronto and provides emergency childcare if needed for its clients.
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