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Uncertain future for Parent Link Playschool

96 Edson and area children may find themselves without a nursery school

by Adrienne Tait Edson CAO Mike Derricott said the provincial when we applied for the money ten years ago
decision was not a cut to funding but rather a that we were doing a nursery school. They have
Effective May 2017, up to 96 Edson and area reallocation based on the programming criteria known for ten years that we were running a
children may find themselves without a nursery set for Parent Link funding. “The provincial nursery school, we have reported on doing a
school program following the province's funding through FCSS has some very specific nursery school. I am not too sure as to how or
decision that Parent Link services do not mandates that come with it. In particular this what changed in that. All of a sudden it was not
include playschool or childcare programs. funding, specifically Parent Link funding, the okay. It feels like we're losing something.”
The Edson Parent Link play and learn mandate for those programs is for parent child The change is not a budget cut as the funding is
program was set to celebrate its 10 anniversary interaction.” As such, parent drop off programs still in place for other Parent Link programs and
this year but now finds itself uncertain of what do not comply. at this time it appears the $57,000 will remain in
the future may hold. “It is certainly not a comment at all on the Edson.
In a social website post the Edson Parent Link quality of the program which we understand is a Gomuwka said for now a number of questions
Play and Learn Program stated, “Currently the fantastic, high quality, and well used program,” have been raised from both a program and parent
Edson Friendship Centre receives $57,704 from said Derricott, “We understand there is still a perspective. While a number of concerns have
the Parent Link contract and approximately need. The other preschool in town, we been raised, Gomuwka said one in particular has
$20,000 collected from parent fees. For us to understand, is full and there are waiting lists. I resonated. One parent questioned how they can
continue to provide Play and Learn activities would hate to see the program go away but be expected to adequately prepare their child for
the program would be forced to increase fees to funding it in that way is not an option for us as five day a week, full day, kindergarten if they are
approximately $650 to $700 per family per the town.” not able to attend a program that allows for a safe
year.” The province provides funds for Parent Link introduction into separation between parent and
Subsidies are available for caregivers but may and FCSS programming both of which child.
impact the subsidy available for other childcare concentrate on early childhood development not “Do we go by the guidelines and no longer
programs such as daycare. education. Derricott said, “If we fund one offer any drop and leave programs and only offer
The Edson play and learn program is not the program we have to fund the other, while not parent child programs like they offer at the
only area program that will be affected by the impossible, it is not likely. It is not a town family center? Do we go with a full fee
government decision. mandate to provide early childhood education.” playschool? I don't know if we have enough
Wendy Robinson, FCSS Supervisor for Friendship Center representative Kristie people that it would be financially stable
Yellowhead County said, “At this time, the Gomuwka said when the program began ten enough,” said Gomuwka. They are exploring
province is assessing the appropriate use of years ago it was in part a response to the need for options including increasing fees while providing
Parent Link funds in the rural setting, but we more playschool spaces. “At that time we more education and help regarding subsidy
are currently supporting Peers and Carrot Creek applied for the funding to support the family application.
Playschools with Parent Link dollars. We have center and partially fund the playschool,” said The Edson Playschool Association runs a
not received word otherwise for the next fiscal Gomukwa, “We got about $57,000 and knew that preschool program in Edson with one, two, and
year, and are committed to supporting county would only support rent and wages and we three day per week programs with costs ranging
based playschools, Parent Link Centre funding would have to have fees to cover the rest. from $35-$100 per month. This may provide
or otherwise.” Everything was okay for ten years. They knew an option for some Edson families but time and
space, as with any program, is limited.

Edson Savings and Credit Union Ltd. is committed to assisting our members and
community to achieve financial well being.
Edson Savings and Credit Union Ltd. is currently seeking nominations for positions on
the board of directors. Currently we have four positions available for nominations this
year. Two of these positions will be for a two year term and two of these positions will
be for a three year term.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please drop in to Edson
Credit Union to pick up your copy of the director’s handbook and nomination forms at
the reception desk.
There will be no call for nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting in
an effort to provide all candidates with an equal opportunity to review the director’s
roles, responsibilities, liabilities and qualifications/eligibility prior to accepting a
The Nomination Committee will meet with prospective directors to answer any
questions or provide any information that is required. Please convey your interest to
the reception desk of Edson Credit Union and an appointment can be arranged.
Applications will be accepted until December 23, 2016.

Edson Savings and Credit Union Ltd.
4912 2nd Avenue, Edson, AB T7E 1T6 780-723-4468

Elmer and Carol Riehl would like to thank everyone
who attended their 50 anniversary celebration. It
was a celebration that will be remembered for a
long time.

Thank you to our children for organizing the party.

With the help of the grandchildren, it was truly a
blast—we had such a good time.

Thank you all for this wonderful celebration.
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