Child Care Crunch
Province to add 900 child care spaces, give daycare workers 2 per cent raise2 minute read Thursday, Jun. 4, 2015
The province announced 900 new daycare spaces and a raise for workers Thursday, but Premier Greg Selinger acknowledged wait lists for care aren’t shrinking.
Roughly 12,000 children are listed on the province’s central registry, several hundred more than two years ago. Daycares all over Winnipeg say they have hundreds of children on their internal lists, and, it’s impossible to know if wait times are shrinking. Manitoba’s Auditor General noted this week in a report that the province’s computer system can’t measure wait times for parents, so they can’t be reported publicly.
Speaking at Little Saints Learning Centre in St. Vital, which is opening a second location with provincial funding, Selinger said the number of new families moving to Manitoba and a strong economy are making it hard to make progress.
“If the list started going down that would be a positive thing,” said Selinger. “But it’s probably going to continue with strong demand because we have more people moving here.”
Province increases scrutiny of daycare centres after auditor report finds gaps in oversight3 minute read Preview Saturday, May. 9, 2015
Inspections result in nearly half of province’s daycare centres receiving only temporary licences4 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 6, 2015
Manitoba daycares see low scores in personal-care categories4 minute read Preview Monday, May. 4, 2015
Finding quality daycare is a challenge, most notably in the city’s poorest areas13 minute read Preview Monday, May. 4, 2015
Few companies offer daycare services for staff, despite benefits5 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 2, 2015
Provincial commission to look at universal early child care3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
A family’s struggle: finding suitable daycare for child with disabilities4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
INTERACTIVE MAP: Daycare fees in cities across Canada1 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Here's a map showing median daycare fees in major Canadian cities, along with the proportion of a woman's income the daycare fees represent. Cities with larger circles show daycare fees eating up a larger proportion of income. Hover over a point to see more details about the city.
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