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Provincial child care changes prompt petition, worry from parents, day care workers

Children, staff and parents gathered outside ABC Day Nursery on Lauzon Road along with CUPE officials, Windsor-Tecumseh MP Cheryl Hardcastle and Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky for a rally against the changes they say will harm children, decrease the quality of care and push daycares to increase their fees and perhaps not offer care for infants.

“Kids are going to get run over,” Alicia De La Hamaide, a registered early childhood educator, said of putting infants with energetic toddlers who are walking and may be in the biting and hitting stage. “There are less people there to protect them and more kids there to hurt them.”

De La Hamaide, who started a provincewide petition to try to stop proposed Ministry of Education changes to age groupings and staff to child ratios, asked parents, grandparents and educators to make their voices heard against the changes before an April 1 comment deadline.

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