Northumberland County yesterday announced that they will be distributing funding from the Province to parents who use licensed child care. If you used licensed centre-based or home-based child care for a child aged 4 and under, in the period between January 1 and October 31, 2018, you will get up to $4,000 in a refund. The money is being distributed through the child care operators and refunds have already started. The money is going only to those who used licensed child care operators so seems to recognize that these may be more expensive. A statement by Northumberland County’s Community & Social Services Director Lisa Horne says: “This benefit will support families at a time of increasing financial need. Northumberland County continues to examine opportunities to further ensure quality child care and early years programming is accessible to local families.”
The subsidy is a “one-time benefit” and is proportioned only by how much is spent; there is no income eligibility requirement. I think of it as a Christmas gift from Doug Ford! His photo at right was from when he was in Cobourg during the recent election campaign.
The County expects to distribute a total of $800,000 to child-care operators across Northumberland who will distribute the funds to their clients at rates of:
- $20 per day for full-day infant care ($10 per day for half-day care);
- $15 per day for full-day toddler care ($7.50 per day for half-day care); and
- $10 per day for full-day preschool care ($5 per day for half-day care)
With going rates in Cobourg at around $40 per day, these are significant amounts.
The county advises parents to contact their provider to obtain their refunds – some may have already been distributed.
Here is a list of licensed Day Care Centres provided by the County (Home-based operators are not on this list):
Alliance Family Centre 1333 Ontario St., Cobourg Tel: 905‐373‐0783 y
Cobourg Day Care 325 Alexandria Dr., Cobourg Tel: 905‐372‐9507 y
Junior Set Nursery School 326 Ball St., Cobourg Tel: 905‐372‐3756 y
St. Peter’s Pre-School Learning Centre 240 College St., Cobourg Tel: 905‐373‐1296
Victoria Park Child Care Centre 172 Queen St., Cobourg Tel: 905‐372‐2143
Multiple YMCA centres
Burnham YMCA Child Care 614 Burnham St., Cobourg Tel: 905‐376‐4806
Terry Fox YMCA Child Care 1065 Riddell Ave., Cobourg Tel: 905‐373‐4664
Cobourg YMCA Child Care 339 Elgin St., Cobourg Tel: 905‐372‐9247
C.R. Gummow YMCA Child Care 311 Cottesmore Ave., Cobourg Tel: 905‐372‐9714
Merwin Greer YMCA Child Care 457 King St. E., Cobourg Tel: 905‐375‐8589
St. Joseph’s YMCA Child Care 919 D’Arcy St. N., Cobourg Tel: 905‐372‐6444
See also the Cobourg Internet page on Day Care here.