This is the childcare election, advocates say – including for lagging Hamilton

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Where the parties stand

By Samantha Craggs

Jodi Dean has more at stake than the average person this federal election. For her, it’s not about lower taxes or which leader is more charismatic. It’s about the ability to graduate.

Dean is a single mom of three kids. One of them, eight-year-old Madison, has special needs.

Dean is living with her parents as she finishes her social work diploma at Mohawk College. The goal: to get a place of her of her own, to be gainfully employed in her field and to find childcare for Madison. But right now in Hamilton, there just isn’t any, so she can’t finish her mandatory 600-hour work placement to graduate.

Dean was one of the speakers at a childcare election forum on Tuesday held by YWCA Hamilton, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and the Social Planning and Research Council.

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Article and image source: CBC Hamilton

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