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Child care centres worry about lack of children

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CBC News
Publication Date: 
8 Oct 2009



Some child-care centres in P.E.I. say they're worried about their ability to pay the bills next year, when public schools start offering kindergarten.

Kathy Phelan, co-ordinator of the Morell Early Childhood Centre, said her facility - now a mix of kindergarten and preschool children - may be empty for several days every week.


Phelan said when the full-time kindergarten children leave, her facility may not be able to sustain itself with only preschool children, who attend the centre two or three times a week.

"It's expensive to have a centre like this, because you're not only paying your staff, you're also feeding the children, you're paying rent," said Phelan.

She said other child-care centres in the province expressed similar concerns during a meeting with a government committee looking into how child-care centres will be affected next year.

The cost of kindergarten is paid by the province, while preschool is paid by parents.


Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Gerard Greenan said several child-care centres have asked for a subsidy. The child-care centre committee is scheduled to issue a final report in May and is expected to address the topic of subsidies.


-reprinted from CBC News


Entered Date: 
14 Oct 2009
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