How to really help Manitoba families: Build a universal
child care system
Manitoba's child care system is staggering to meet the needs of parents and children, and recent signs give little confidence the new provincial government will respond effectively. Over a dozen community groups who are ready to proceed with building not-for-profit child care spaces have had their promised provincial capital grants abruptly frozen, halting all expansion. Wait lists for child care in Manitoba are at an all-time high, at over 15,000 names up from 12,000 just two years ago.
A lack of child care has serious economic consequences for parents and employers. A recent poll found 41 percent of new parents had delayed returning to work and 30 per cent reported turning down a job because of problems finding child care. More than one in 10 had quit a job due to problems with child care.
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