Keep our childcare center open!
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We, the students and parents of Portage College, and the supporters of higher education, are protesting the decision to close the Lac La Biche Child Care Center.
The center is of immeasurable value to the students and to the children it serves. Attending post secondary education is a difficult task at the best of times for many students, and when coupled with the challenge of raising small children, the financial and emotional burden can be incredibly overwhelming. The center provides a safe and caring environment for both the children attending and their parents. Students know that while in care children receive nutritious meals, are stimulated at their developmental levels, and are loved by the staff members. For many students being away from their families and support systems is extremely difficult, and the daycare fulfills this role for many of them.
Without the daycare in place at the College many students will not be able to attend classes as they lack the resources (transportation, social and financial) to make this happen.
The decision of closing this service both contradicts the purpose of an education, as well as the many public statements made by College officials of wanting to help students receive an education. If Portage College is truly interested in doing what is best for the students they would not have considered closing this program.
We the parents, both current and future, students of Portage College, and supporters of education and professional child care are signing this petition demanding that the Lac La Biche Child Care Society and Portage College keep the center open.
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