Manitoba

Child-care crunch prompts survey of Manitoba parents with kids in daycare

There are thousands of Manitoba children on wait-lists for daycare, but no one has conducted scientific surveys of parents about their child-care experiences, the Manitoba Child Care Association says — until now.

Results of Manitoba Child Care Association survey to be released later in 2016

Probe Research is asking parents to weigh in on the affordability and availability of child care in Manitoba. (CBC)

There are thousands of Manitoba children on wait-lists for daycare, but no one has conducted scientific surveys of parents about their child-care experiences, the Manitoba Child Care Association says — until now.

The association has hired Probe Research to survey parents with children enrolled in the 746 child-care centres and home daycares in the province that are members of the organization.

"This research project is a first for Manitoba," MCCA president April Kalyniuk​ said in a news release.

"Parents will be asked to report on their challenges in finding child care, opinions about affordability, preferences, impact of child care access on employment or education, and opinion on possible policy changes such as those recommended by the recent Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission."

The survey will be conducted Sept. 15-30, the news release said.

As of June 30, there were 15,078 children on a wait-list for licensed child care, MCCA officials said. The number has nearly doubled since the Online Child Care Registry was introduced five years ago, the association said.

The need for better data on child care in Manitoba was highlighted by an auditor general's report in 2013.

The survey results will be available later this year, said the MCCA.

Further surveys of child-care providers and the public are planned for later in the year.

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