Preschool for autistic kids could be forced to shut down

Montreal West facility doesn't have proper government permits


A private Montreal West preschool for children with autism may have to close, because the Quebec government says it doesn't have the proper permit to operate.

The Little Red Playhouse was established for young kids with an autism spectrum disorder, with the aim of better preparing them for the public school system.

Parents say the school does wonders.

"This place has been our savior since we've been there for the past year," said Leetal Cuperman, the mother of a 4-year-old boy, on CJAD's Barry Morgan show. "I was really counting on, and excited for this last year at the school."

The founder of Little Red Playhouse, Sharon McCarry, also spoke with Barry Morgan Tuesday. She says inspectors from the family ministry showed up at the school acting on a complaint — that the school was being run as an illegal daycare.

She was essentially told she needed the proper permit, and says the process to get one has been hampered by, among other things, the unique nature of her facility.

"I cannot find a decision maker to help me get them to see that I am an exception to all the categories that exist within the family ministry," McCarry says.

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  1. Enzo posted on 07/15/2014 03:40 PM
    I am sure this is a wonderful facility (I do not have first hand knowledge thereof) but what brand, or combination of, stupidity and invariance makes people think they do not have to follow the proper channels when operating a business? Especially one in a sector such as Education that, for the safety of the children it serves, is so heavily regulated?
    1. Liam posted on 07/15/2014 10:01 PM
      @Enzo Hello Enzo,
      If you did a little more research before responding to this issue you would understand that they have not arbitrarily decided that they do not need a permit to run a felicity, they have tried to get one specific to what they do (one for les jardin des enfants) and were denied one. The family ministry has told them (after years of trying to get an appropriate permit) that they need to get a permit to become a daycare. THIS IS WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES. They are NOT A DAYCARE. They do not operate from 7 to 7, they do not provide food and they are an intervention facility! Furthermore, even if they should pay to apply to become a daycare they wouldn't be able to be one because of the fact that they are servicing more than 6 children with ASD and because they would not fit the government's strict rules for what a daycare building should be. Essentially what is happening is that this is a catch 22. It should also be noted that they have contracts from the health ministry. Therefore, my question to you is, if they are trusted with contracts that are for this fragile population from the health ministry, why is the family ministry trying to shut them down. They are providing a crucial service and it would be a travesty if they were shut down after trying to be informed. Why are you ranting about something you don't really know anything about? I think when one rants about things they know nothing about you indeed are the one that act stupid. More is the pity on you for adding a comment on something that you are ignorant about.
  2. ric posted on 07/15/2014 10:06 PM
    Does everything in this damned province need a permit? If this facility does an autistic child some good, then so be it. Monitor them if need be, but don't shut them down.
  3. sstm posted on 07/17/2014 08:10 PM
    Is it impossible to find someone sensible with the power to look into and solve this problem? Perhaps one of those government people with the high multiple salaries and pensions could fix this fast?!?!?! What is going on here?
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