A CPQ government wishes to give to all parents of preschoolers free …

Resolution #51 : Daycares (Official French version)

A CPQ government wishes to give to all parents of preschoolers free choice in childcare. It will provide, by the end of its first mandate, a childcare allowance of $200 per week per eligible child. This allowance, which will be taxable, will be paid to either parent of the child's parents, who can then choose the type of childcare that best suits them. It goes without saying that parents who choose private subsidized day care centers or CPEs will see the daily amount of $8.25 that they spend per child gradually increase as the weekly allowance also increases. Of course, the subsidy amount paid to subsidized daycares and CPEs will be adjusted accordingly. When this allowance reaches $200.00 per week, the daily rate will be completely deregulated, and day care centers will determine the price they charge for their services themselves.

Any qualified person may open a day care center in accordance with government standards, if they are able to finance it. Waiting lists will quickly disappear while competition among day care centers will allow parents to have more choice in business hours and the nature of the day care services offered.

The Ministry of Family, freed from the obligation of monitoring compliance with the pricing policy of $8.25 per day, will be able to devote more resources to inspect day care centers to ensure an environment suitable for children.

Finally, the Conservative Party of Quebec will amend the "Loi visant à améliorer la qualité éducative et à favoriser le développement harmonieux des services de garde éducatifs à l'enfance" in order to: 1. exclude the children of a day care facility owner from the moment an adult 18 years of age or older is present in the family environment; 2. allow day care facility owners to hire an employee to assist or replace them provided the employee meets the requirements of the Loi. 3. automatically exclude, when they reach school age, children from the ratio, currently limited to 6 children, including the children of the owner of the family day care facility. 4. ensure that day care facility owners do not have to provide a copy of a document that may contain personal information, but rather sign a contract with the parents demonstrating that they have become aware of the absence of impediments and other information to ensure the safety of the child. 5. recognize home day care providers as self-employed workers.