Entitled ‘Children’s Programming in the Community’, Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein held a public consultation last week to hear from parents of those under five years of age about young children’s services.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Library Director Janine West, Parks and Recreation Associate Director Cornelia Ziga nd City Manager Nadia Di Furia at the public consultation on children's services

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Library Director Janine West, Parks and Recreation Associate Director Cornelia Ziga and City Manager Nadia Di Furia at the public consultation on children’s services

Mayor Brownstein announced that he wants our kids to have the best quality services and activities. “We want to hear your ideas on what to do to improve programming in the library and in Parks and Recreation department,” the mayor said. “The current Sunshine Group is no longer viable for the city to run with six participants but we’re open to private teachers coming forward or other ideas to continue this program running under private management.”
Janine West, Director of Library, Parks and Recreation indicated that the city runs Family Story Time, Russian Story Time, Toddler Time, and other children’s programs on a regular basis out of the public library.
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Cornelia Ziga, Associate Director of Parks and Recreation went through a lengthy list of programs and services offered to the 0-5 year age group in the City of Cote Saint-Luc. The fact is, there are plenty of offerings to this age group but with the advent of $5 a day. inexpensive daycare a few years back the city program diminished in interest as parents had many more options available. Even nowadays with $7 a day government subsidized daycare the city program could not attract more than six children and has been losing thousands of dollars a year, the mayor explained.
Even the crowd at this publicly promoted evening showed that interest is waning with barely eight parents turning out, one of them being the group’s teacher. Ironically, there were more City Hall folks in attendance than parents.
Nevertheless, the mayor said that while he is committed to trying to help find an alternative for the parents using the service he has a duty to the residents across the city to ensure the best use o city funds for all programs.
I was pleased to attend this meeting to hear first hand from all those present. Mayor Brownstein is on the right track in being sensitive to the nees of all residents while ensuring that city expenses and services are properly aligned.