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Parents save Eastlink Centre drop-in childcare

Drop-in child care at the Eastlink Centre will continue, thanks to the efforts of a group of concerned parents. Roughly 50 of them showed up to a meeting Thursday, concerned about changes they’d seen in a flyer.

Starting May 1st, the facility was replacing the drop-in program with a registered program for two to five year olds only that would last six weeks at a time. Community Living Director Garry Roth says the parents argued the changes meant less flexibility and a higher cost, and some even threatened to cancel their memberships.

“After listening to the parents, and also hearing their suggestions, because many of them had very good, positive suggestions for us, we were able to take a look at our budgets, perhaps a different way of managing and re-tooling our budgets a little bit so that we could still provide the service in fairly similar ways.”

At the end of the day, the city decided to keep drop-ins, with hours that could change based on usage. There will also be an option of an unlimited monthly membership, but punch card sales will stop. Existing ones will be honoured until the end of the year.

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