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Daycare subsidies under consideration
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:12:44 AM »
The P.E.I. government is considering subsidizing wages for daycare workers in an overhaul of how children are educated before they begin kindergarten.

Kathleen Flanagan, an early childhood education consultant, is drafting the province's first plan for the children who will be left behind in daycares when kindergarten students move into the public school system this fall.

Kindergarten programs are now run by private child-care centres.

"We're keeping a completely open mind about this, we're looking at trends from across Canada," Flanagan said Wednesday as she met with key players in early learning, including daycare owners.

Her report will examine whether P.E.I. should follow Ontario's lead and send four-year-olds to preschool. Other issues include whether daycares should follow a standard curriculum and if the government should subsidize wages for daycare workers.

Doug Currie, the minister of education and early childhood development, said he is aware of the desire for subsidized wages.

"We do have to recognize this work is valued and that we respect the work of the early childhood sector, and so wage enhancements do need to be on the table," he told CBC News.

The P.E.I. government pays child-care centres $3 million a year for kindergarten programs. Some of the Island's 31 child-care centres have said they may have to close without that money.

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