It's not a lengthy bill by, say, Bill 177 or Bill 78 standards. It makes a series of amendments to the various pieces of legislation so that early childhood educators (ECEs) can be fully incorporated into the Education Act as school employees offering school-based programs. Much of the bill deals with these amendments in order to define ECEs within the Ed Act and make provisions for school boards to hire, evaluate and discipline these new employees.
A significant section however, and the one that's carried the bulk of the coverage Wednesday is where the bill speaks to the fee-subsidy element of the before- and after-school programs. It also allows boards to setup full-day childcare programming on professional development days and non-instructional days (read: the summer). I've been thoroughly confused by the fee-subsidy element given an interview with the former minister had her saying it would be handled by municipalities. Now it appears school boards will get the responsibility but can delegate.
(6.2) A school board may enter into an agreement with a delivery agent under subsection (6) regarding the provision of financial assistance to persons who are charged fees in respect of extended day programs and the agreement may provide that the school board has some or all of the powers and duties of the delivery agent that relate to the provision of the financial assistance.This seems to speak to a redrawing of the map in children's services— something envisioned in the Pascal report, where the authors recommended the Min Ed become the lead ministry for birth to age 12. I'm attempting to get some clarity on this, will post here after and if I do. There are hundreds of municipal childcare service managers who are likely as eager for this clarification as I am.
(z.3) governing the application of the provisions of this Act and the regulations to circumstances in which a school board and the Minister enter into an agreement regarding the provision of financial assistance to persons who are charged fees in respect of extended day programs;
(z.4) if the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers itadvisable, adapting or modifying the provisions ofthis Act and the regulations for the purpose of theirapplication to the circumstances referred to inclause (z.3);
(z.5) providing for such transitional matters as the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers advisable re-lating to the provision of financial assistance forextended day programs.