Our daycare includes up to 60 children per day in our programs. We have children who have diverse needs including: autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, attachment challenges, speech and language delays, motor delays, ESL. We welcome families who have newly come to Canada and who face multiple challenges integrating into Canadian society. We serve an ethnically diverse population. Our center operates in a community with one of the highest rates of child poverty in the province for children under five. Over one third of our families are from low income and/or single parent families.
Wait lists for funding for children who require extra support in the daycare are over a year long. Daycare is chronically underfunded even to provide basic care so finding finances for extra staff to provide inclusive care is challenging. At any given time we might have as many as 10 children who require additional staff time. At present we receive extra funding for one.
In order to best support inclusion of all children we are seeking funding to create additional staff hours, equipment or matierials to assist these children, or assistance with monthly fees for these children. Support us to help provide quality care for all.