The $25-a-day Demonstration Daycare pilot project opens today at The Grande Prairie Regional College and demand is high.
Theresa Suderman, Human Services Department Chair and Instructor says the 28 spots are filled.
“We have quite a large wait list at this point, so that just speaks to the fact that there is a significant need for this type of program.”
She adds even if there was more government funding, they wouldn’t be able to offer additional spots.
“In terms of space, that would be an issue because we are already using one of the classrooms to accommodate our daycare. So, it is a physical space issue more than anything,” explained Suderman.
This is one of 22 provincially funded projects that will be evaluated in three years to determine if it will continue or expand.
“Our college is pleased to be selected by the Alberta government to be a part of this provincial initiative in our community,” said GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk. “We are pleased to be able to offer our students this opportunity of hands-on experience right on campus.”
“Knowing you don’t have to come up with a paycheque to pay fees or having a flexible drop-off schedule makes it easier on me to focus on my studies and know that Paisley is in great hands just down the hall,” says Katie Rowlandson, who is enrolled in the college’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) program.