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How to solve the Saskatchewan’s child care problems
« on: May 06, 2009, 05:59:35 PM »
Be fair to child care owners

In his 2009 Budget, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall promised to create 1,000 new daycare spaces. With this ambitious goal in mind, daycare entrepreneur Hind Rami seems like just the sort of person to make it happen. So why does Rami think she made a big mistake moving to Saskatchewan?

Two years ago, Rami moved with her family from British Columbia to Indian Head, about 70 kms east of Regina. After working for six years in daycares in Vancouver, she planned to open her own in under-serviced Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan has the lowest level of child care provision in the entire country.

But when she arrived in the province, Rami was stunned to learn the Wall government actively discourages commercial daycare. Parents whose children attend her daycare cannot receive any monthly subsidies from the province. These subsidies, worth up to $570 per month, are widely available to parents using non-profit centres across the province. Rami is also ineligible for a wide variety of other provincial subsidies and grants that non-profit centres receive to improve their facilities or open new spaces.

Despite this unfair treatment, Rami persisted with her dream, opening Little Castle Bilingual Daycare in October 2008. Parents in Indian Head were certainly grateful. Rami is now operating the only licensed child care centre in town. The nearest licensed, non-profit centre is 45 km away in Fort Qu’Appelle.

http://www.troymedia.com/NewsBeats/The_Health_and_LifeStyle_News_Beat/2009/05/FCPP050609(2).htm

 

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