More money for SD&G child care, ECE’s

Social and Housing Services Manager Debora Daigle, right, and Child Care Services Division Manager Monique Gunn, left, present their budget to the budget committee on Jan. 30, 2015. The department has received nearly $1 million more than it expected from the province, most of which will go to pay raises for ECE's. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – An unexpected increase in provincial transfers to Cornwall-SD&G Social and Housing Services will be going toward expanding service and pay increases.

Social and Housing Services Manager Debora Daigle recently told the budget committee they received nearly $1 million more than they were expecting from the province.

The transfers were confirmed Jan. 13.

Child Care Services Division Manager Monique Gunn told the committee, almost half of that ($516,377) will be flowing through the department to qualified early childhood educators (ECE’s) and program staff at licensed daycares.

They will see a $1 per hour raise, announced by the province last month.

Those that qualify must be making less than $26.27 per hour.

Gunn told Cornwall Newswatch the extra funding for core services delivery (an extra $39,991 on top of the $359,896 increase in core funding) will be able to address “pressure points” in the system, particularly Winchester.

Many of the licensed non-profit daycares are in a school building or school setting.

The remaining $57,375 will go toward program administration.

The city, which administers social services for the United Counties, will spend $4 million in 2015 on child care.

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