Some subsidy dollars are available from the city!
Our city child care specialist has advised us that families who are waiting on the subsidy list should make sure their file is up-to-date and that they have their 2016 income tax notice of assessment on their city file to make sure they can be approved as soon as possible.
If your child is already in care with one of our providers, please call us as soon as the city approves you for assistance so we can get the paperwork done from our end right away.
We have spaces available in many of our homes, so if your child is not in care already, call us and we might have the right person for you.
Child Care Advisor Opening
We are looking for a dynamic Child Care Advisor to join our incredible team. Submit your application with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before end of day September 22, 2017. The invitation to apply is at: http://communitychildcare.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Job-posting-2017-Advisor.pdf
Looking for Board of Directors Members
Are you interested in volunteering with a not-for-profit, licensed home child care agency? Community Child Care is looking for several new members for our Board of Directors.
We particularly would like to have someone with a background in finance, insurance, advocacy, legal or human resources, but most importantly we need ethical people who are keen to contribute to the well being of children.
To apply, please send a brief note telling us what you could contribute to email@example.com
Subsidies Still a Trickle
Although the subsidy freeze is technically over, only the highest priority children are being placed. Very few applications are actually being placed with subsidy, even if the family is deemed qualified for fee assistance by the city. For example, families who already have subsidy for their toddler may have to pay full fee if their hours change and they need care for their school-age child.
In the past, families could suspend their subsidy for a few months if they were travelling or out of work, and then resume subsidy quickly when they needed child care again. That is no longer possible. Families are expected to use care continuously, or to discharge from the system and then re-apply when they need care again.
The current situation is very difficult for families, child care agencies and centres and home child care providers. There are many vulnerable families in our community — yes, even in Kanata –who are desperate for child care so they can work or go to school, but they simply can’t pay the full fees. There are many quality spaces available in homes and centres, but no one can provide services for free.
Thanks to our providers who came out to a meeting on a beautiful summer evening July 20, 2017 to talk paperwork! Almost half of our providers were able to attend!
The main topic discussed was that providers now have to collect all the same information for their private children as they do for children in care through the agency. Because they are self-employed, providers may use any forms they wish, but the agency provided generic forms they can use or adapt as they wish.
The agency appreciates the continued cooperation our providers have given us in all the demands of the new act and regulations. We are privileged to work with such wonderful people.
We are pleased to have been able to place our first family needing fee assistance since the subsidy freeze began to thaw in mid-March. This family with three children applied for care and subsidy in August 2016.
It has been a long wait, but they are finally secure with a wonderful child care provider.
Apply for your Police Check on-line! You might not even have to go to the police office in person! Get all the details at: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Police-Record-Checks.asp