Sarah Vance's daughter has been going to the Brock Early Learning Centre, a non-profit licensed child care located in Brock Avenue Public School, since she was five years old. Now ten, she attends morning and afternoon programs during the school year and full-day programs during the summer months.
At Brock, the ten-year-old gets help with her homework, works on arts and crafts projects and even learns to cook with the other children under the supervision of trained staff.
"It means that my child has a safe, engaging, positive, social experience that she can look forward to every day," said Vance, a single parent living on disability who works part-time. "It's a fantastic program with highly qualified teachers."
But without a full subsidy, Vance's daughter wouldn't be able to access before and after school care or summer programs at Brock. She'd be forced to walk to and from school alone and remain at home on her own for another two hours in the afternoon on the days her mother is at work.
"When I work I can't get to her before six o'clock," said Vance.