KAMLOOPS — Kandice Roe knows all too well, the financial strain daycare can have on a parent.
"It's hard, especially as a single parent, so that's the hardest part for sure is trying to make it work, trying to find space is sometimes hard as well."
For several years, Kandice's 5-year old son has been in daycare, allowing her to attend school to become an Early Childhood Educator herself. But paying between $800 and $900 a month for full-time care, hasn't always been easy.
"Sometimes he's in daycare for 8 to 9 hours a day, it's hard on the child too for sure."
Child-care costs have been dictating the decisions of many parents in this country for years. According to a study released this month by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, fees are soaking up an enormous amount of a family's budget. For some, it's the second highest cost, next to housing.
"I think most centres start at $1000 a month for infant/toddler care. If you're a single parent and you don't maybe qualify for subsidy, that's a pretty big bite out of your income," says Patti Pernitsky, Kamloops United Church Preschool and Out of School Care.
The highest fees were in Toronto, at more than $1700 a month, and parents pay the lowest in Quebec, where government policies have capped fees at $174 a month. Patti Pernitsky runs the Kamloops United Church Preschool, she's been in child care for the past 40-years and sees what parents are faced with every day.
"it's gotten more frustrating over the last 10-years because of the financial part and parents struggling. I try really hard to help facilitate those families getting a spot because usually out of school means the parents are working or going to school and they can't afford to not do that," says Pernitsky.
Charging $330 a month, Pernitsky's daycare is non-profit. She tries to keep fees as low as possible to help all levels of families, but says it's time for government to step in. As a member of the Early Childhood Educators of BC, Pernitsky is hoping the Province will adopt a $10 a day plan, that's being developed.
"Whether it's infant/toddler or out of school or preschool, it would be a flat rate parents would pay, and the government would pick up the balance of that," says Pernitsky.
Kandice Roe welcomes a more affordable child-care system. But until that happens, she like other parents, will continue to feel the pinch.
"He's in kindergarten but will going to after school care, and that's about $300 a month," says Roe.
Sun Peaks receives first significant snowfall of the season
SUN PEAKS, B.C. — Its a welcome sight for ski bunnies. In a Twitter post this morning Sun Peaks...
READ MORE +
Man killed on Highway 97 near West Kelowna
KELOWNA, B.C. — A Kelowna man is dead after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 97. According to...
READ MORE +
Residents forced from homes due to ammonia leak in Fernie, B.C. allowed to return
FERNIE, B.C. — Residents who were forced from their homes because of a deadly ammonia leak at an...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.