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Special needs kids may lose taxpayer-funded daycare

Downtown Eastside child-care centre says it can't afford the rent

An agency that operates a non-profit daycare in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside says it can no longer afford to keep enough staff to care for the troubled, disadvantaged children it was set up to help.

The Phil Bouvier Family Centre attributes its problems to $4,000-a-month rent — charged by a charitable foundation that owns the building — and the recent loss of some short-term provincial funding.

"It's a perfect storm, said Sabine Tanasiuk, child care co-ordinator for the Phil Bouvier Centre. "At the end of August, three staff will leave — and the children will just have their minimal needs met."

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