The official Opposition Yukon Party has received reports that the territorial government will cover parents’ fees for Yukon childcare services for the months of April, May, and June.
“However, we have also received reports that this same message has not been communicated to all childcare centres, and many parents are unaware,” the party said this morning.
“In fact, we have heard from some parents whose childcare operators have already deposited their monthly cheques for April because the operators have received no such direction from the government.
The Department of Health and Social Services did not respond to the Star’s request for information on the daycare plan before today’s press time.
“A theme that has emerged throughout this pandemic is that the Government of Yukon has not been proactive, clear, or consistent in their messaging to Yukoners,” the Yukon Party said.
“We have heard from a lot of parents and child care workers who are confused and anxious due to this lack of clear public communication from the government regarding childcare services and supports.”
Premier Sandy Silver has been asked directly about this twice by the media – Friday and today – but has refused to answer, the party noted.
“Yukoners are struggling financially, and the government is more obsessed with getting a good photo-op than providing clear and timely information to Yukoners,” said Stacey Hassard, the interim leader of the official Opposition.
“This is completely unacceptable. We are in a crisis, people are wondering how they will get by, and Yukoners deserve better communication from their government than this.”