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Statement on Anti-Black Racism

 

Given recent events both in Canada and the United States, we recognize that members of our community are experiencing forms of racism, oppression, injustice and trauma every day. P.R.Y.D.E. stands with those impacted by these painful events and is committed to continuing to protect, respect and promote human rights, along with providing equitable and inclusive environments for all members of our community.
We also understand that conversations with children regarding discrimination and bias can be difficult for some. Please click here for a list of books that may help you to facilitate these conversations.

 

COVID-19 & Reopening Updates

 

 

 

Last updated June 15, 2020

 

RE-OPENING UPDATE – June 15, 2020

Dear Families:

You have likely heard the announcement by the Provincial Government that child care is permitted to open as of Friday June 12, 2020. We realize childcare is vital in families returning to the workforce; however, although the Province has stated that childcare CAN open as of Friday, our Organization needs time to carefully plan our re-opening to ensure the safety of our educators and children.

Prior to setting a date for reopening, we must ensure the following guidelines set out by the Ministry and Region are met:

  • Access the school for a deep clean and arrange classrooms, to meet new requirements
  • Determine eligibility of families based on the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education
  • Children that have been attending a licenced emergency care facility currently in the Region of Durham that have previously been enrolled in a P.R.Y.D.E. location
  • Families where parents must return to work and that work outside of the home
  • Drop off and pick up procedures for families that will be time specific
  • Training for all educators
  • Send our updated and new policies to be review, signed and returned by parents.
  • Approval from the Ministry of Health
  • Approval of policies and protocol by the Ministry of Education

Approximately 80% of our revenue comes from Parent fees, with the remainder of revenue coming from Provincial Funding. This funding was recently modified to only allow for limited fixed costs. These costs do not include our Educators salaries. Our Organization needs to develop a fiscally viable plan for re opening. The Provincial retroactive funding decision has placed organizations like P.R.Y.D.E. Learning Centres into a deficit position. Moving forward we need to consider sustainability for our organizations future.

 A survey to determine childcare needs was sent to families with a deadline to respond of noon on Monday June 15, 2020.  If you were unable to respond to the survey prior to the deadline, please email info@prydelc.ca and include the following information

 Centre Name:

Child(ren) Name and Date of Birth:

Date Care is Required:

We will determine the number of locations and start dates once the  surveys are returned, and funding is clarified.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Hughes, RECE
Executive Director

P.R.Y.D.E. Learning Centres

COVID-19 UPDATE – June 9, 2020

With the announcement today that childcare can reopen in Ontario, P.R.Y.D.E. Learning Centres is finalizing our reopening plan and we would ask you to please be patient and stay tuned to our website for updates.

COVID-19 UPDATE – MARCH 24, 2020

Premier Ford announced yesterday that schools (including childcare centres) would remain closed beyond April 6, 2020. We don’t have a date in which we will be permitted to reopen at this time.

 

Families will not be charged for child care fees incurred during the closure. Once we have received clearance to reopen our centres, we will update this page to advise our families when regular payments will resume. Families will receive a credit on their next payment for any over payment received by P.R.Y.D.E for March fees.

If your family travels out of the country during this period, you are required to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days upon your return to the country.

We request that you inform our head office immediately if you or a member of your household is: Being tested for COVID-19, is self-quarantining, or has been placed on self-quarantine by the public health department due to exposure.

Our head office is currently closed, however, if you have any questions, you can leave a voice mail at 905-430-2774 or email hr@prydelc.ca.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #2

We have received direction from the school boards that all child care programs will be closed effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020.

 

The Ministry of Education made the decision on March 12, 2020 that all publicly funded schools including child cares located within the schools will be closed during the same time period noted above in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Families will not be charged for child care fees incurred from March 14, 2020-April 5, 2020 as services are not available during this period. Regular payments will resume on April 6, 2020. Families on a monthly pay cycle will receive a credit on their next payment for any over payment received by P.R.Y.D.E.

If your family travels out of the country during this period, you are required to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days upon your return to the country.

We request that you inform our head office immediately if you or a member of your household is: Being tested for COVID-19, is self-quarantining, or has been placed on self-quarantine by the public health department due to exposure.

If you have any questions, please contact our Head Office at 905-430-2774.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #1

I’m sure that you have all heard the message from the Premier announcing that schools will be closed from March 14th, 2020 to April 5, 2020.

 

We are currently looking into this further – we are unsure at this time whether programs can remain open– please proceed as usual for tomorrow.

We will keep you informed as we learn what the exact direction is from the Ministry of Education.

Please be patient as we work through this.