Warman moms band together to create non-profit daycare
Centre opened this week, demand still high
A group of mothers in Warman, Sask., have taken child care into their own hands.
This week, they opened the Warman Childcare Centre, a non-profit licensed daycare with spaces for 42 children.
"It feels great," centre director Tammy Desrosiers said. "It was a need in the community, and it feels really great that the children are here now, and it's up and running."
Desrosiers said she got the idea for the centre after moving to the city, around 25 kilometres north of Saskatoon, while she was an expectant mother. She soon found that it was very difficult to find child care in the fast-growing community, which had a population of 8,770 in 2013.
So, Desrosiers and other mothers got to work. They applied to become a non-profit, got approval from the provincial government and started fundraising. It was a lot of work, but she says it was worth it.
"The last two days went very well," she said. "The kids seem to all be getting along and enjoying the new day-care space."
While the centre has helped fill some of the need, there is still a large gap in the community. Twenty-five families are still on the centre's wait list, and that number doesn't seem to be declining any time soon.
"When we had one of our first pre-registration nights, we had 27 infants register," she said. "And we only have six infant spots."
The centre plans to continue fundraising to keep costs low and to finish an outdoor play space.