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‘A child care desert’: Parry Sound mom asks council for more child care support in town

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‘Parry Sound deserves better’: Parry Sound mother.
Chaves, Julian Orlando
Publication Date: 
18 Apr 2024


Transparency, inclusion, and support for working parents.


Prichard cited a report from the Canadian Centre Policy Alternatives showing only 139 licensed full-day care spaces for 515 children below kindergarten age in Parry Sound — a 27 per cent coverage rate.

“We are what is considered a ‘child care desert’, which doesn’t even include our after-school care programming. Most of the women who are reaching out to me are struggling the most with after-school care,” said Prichard. “I’ve had to maintain a part-time position to be available to care for my eldest due to a lack of after-school care.”

She added there are currently 183 kids on the wait-list for 55 spots at The Waubeek Early Learning and Childcare Centre, and children under 18 months are “being denied care” due to the lack of spots.


Prichard said her “call to action” is to increase transparency and inclusion, providing clear timelines for child care expansion projects, with the community playing a central role in those plans.