Saturday, January 06, 2007

High cost of child care

Something is seriously wrong with childcare in Canada. I've seen articles regarding some Chinese immigrants send thier children (babies) back to China to be raise by relatives.

Earlier this year, I was speaking to an advocate from Ottawa who was concern about our new childcare benefits. Naming the $100 a month that families are getting childcare benefits doesn't really cut it. I know when my kids were in part-time care with a wonderful woman down the street we were charged a reasonable $180 per week. $100 would have only made a small dent in the $720+ we paid per month.

Just reading this article made me think of all the conversations I've had over the past 12 months on the topic of childcare in Canada...and it's just wrong. Parents and are children need more help and support.