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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Fund requests for day-care centres draw strong protests By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Two private day care operators claimed Wednesday that subsidized day care in the city will put them out of business. Their charges came as the Community Services Advisory Committee heard requests for preventive social services funding for three city day care operations. The proposals, which came from the North Lethbridge Child Development Centre, 'the YMCA Whole Child Care Centre and the University of Lethbridge Co-operative Child Care Centre, were among 10 programs for which PSS funding is being sought. Another of the programs the Birth Control and Information Centre also came under attack, from local resident Mona Thorburn who said a committee of about 50 people has been formed to "present the other side, and change the moral tone of our city." The private day care operators Jean Staudinger who operates the Kradle Koop, and Bernice Costanzo, of Costanzo's Day Care Centre, agreed there was a need for more day care facilities in the city, but said they could take care of it better with less cost to the taxpayer. Mrs. Staudinger said she just wouldn't be able to compete and wouldn't survive subsidized day care here, especially if such centres "spread all over like they have in other cities." However she also said she was planning another location on the north side. Mrs. Costanzo said she had planned an expansion to the north side, but withdrew when she heard of the applications for subsidized centres. She claimed the overwhelming publicity given subsidized day care made it difficult for private operators to expand. "It's a shadow over our she said. Provincial statistics, however, indicate there are well over 100 private day care centres in operation throughout the province compared to some 20 subsidized centres. Mrs. Staudinger and Mrs. Costanzo also pointed out that social assistance vouchers are available for people on welfare to send their children to private day care centres. But the advisory committee was told health and welfare department statistics indicate this has been done in only some six cases, while there are about 400 single parents on social assistance in the city. Darleen Nault, chairman of the steering committee for the North Lethbridge Child Development Centre, which plans a facility for 40 children initially, told the committee the centre would not be in direct competition with the private operators because the need is so great among people who can't afford the basic fee charged by the private operators. And the subsidized centre would offer parents on welfare a chance to get off social assistance and to be involved in the- operation of the centre, she said. The North Lethbridge centre is seeking some in preventive social service funding which is 80 per cent provincial and 20 per cent paid by the city. The YWCA is seeking about for its child care centre, which would be operated on the second floor of the "Y" building at 6th Avenue and 8th Street S. It would begin operation, according to the YWCA brief, within six to eight weeks of the funds being approved and- would serve about 25 children, mostly of the some 150 low-income or welfare mothers that live within walking distance of the YWCA. The U of L Child Care Co-operative is District The Lethbridge Herald seeking to continue serving the some 40 families now using the facility started at the university last year, and to expand. Other programs seeking 1974 preventive social service funding include the Centre for Personal and Community Development, Homemaker Service, Lethbridge Pre-School Services, Golden Mile Senior Citizen Centre, Meals on Wheels, and Information Lethbridge. The Community Services Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting next Wednesday to deal with the proposals and then pass on their recommendations to city council's March 11 meeting Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 28, 1974 Pages 15-28 Honeycomb Irrigation pipes lying in neat stacks on a sales lot south of the Greenacres Drive-ln provide an eerie honeycomb effect for Herald photographer Bill Groenen. Bill Groenen photos Board says city unco-operative on school crossing French to be taught to younger pupils French language instruction will be given all Grade and 6 students in Lethbridge separate schools within three years, separate school trustees decided Wednesday night And expansion of French language instruction in city separate schools may go even further than that Trustees are interested in designating one school in the system a "French language school" in which French would be used predominantly. They are also wondering about beginning French instruction in Grade 1. French now given to only toe top academic halves of the Grade 5 and 6 classes. Only these students, with few exceptions, can continue the instruction in Grade 7 if they wish. Students excluded from French in elementary grades can begin French in Grade 6. The board has asked its administrators for a study on the feasibility of designating one school as a French language school. It also wants a report on the advisability of beginning French instruction in Grade 1. The action taken by the trustees Wednesday followed the presentation of a task force report that formulated plans for a continuous French program in local separate schools. The task force, consisting of French language teachers, was formed in June, 1973, on the direction of the board. The separate school board was also presented Wednesday with a demonstration of a new French program that uses audio and visual aides to teach students bow to speak French. Monica McLaren, a teacher, and nine" students from the Assumption School demonstrated a typical French lesson involving the use of a projector and tape recorder. The new French program does not include the reading or writing of French. No English is spoken in the classroom. The new three-year program approved by the trustees will be phased into the separate schools beginning this fall. All Grade 5 students will receive French instruction in 1974-75. The following school year the program will be expanded to include all Grade 5 and 6 students. Finally, all Grade 4. 5 and 6 students would receive French instruction in the third year of the program. The task force report estimated the cost for the first year of the program at But it also pointed out that the cost of instructional material and personnel will vary as the program develops and by the end of the third year of the program anoter teacher may have to be hired. The trustees discussed a few of the problems they might be faced with if they attempted to designate one school as a French language school. John Boras, chairman, said he didn't know "if we could initiate a program like this" in a small school system, but certainly would be "very interested" in doing so. French would still be offered in the other elementary schools to all Grade 4, 5 and 6 students. The task force also recommended that class enrolment be restricted to 25 students per classroom. Most teachers support school closure for Games The majority of Lethbridge public school teachers gave their support to closing schools during the 1975 Canada Winter Games in a special closed meeting Wednesday in the city. The Herald learned. And after about two hours of discussion behind closed doors with representatives of the public school board, the teachers also "overwhelmingly agreed" to make up for most of the classroom time lost during the 10- day school closure sources say. The public schoo? Hoard had requested and organized the closed meeting in an attempt to foster teacher opinions on school closure and proposed changes to the 1974-75 school calendar