Have your say for the requirements of a possible new daycare facility

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

Smoky River Regional Economic Development and Smoky River Family and Community Support Services have partnered to conduct a survey regarding a possible new daycare facility.

Found at surveymonkey.com and entitled “Smoky River Community Child Care Needs Assessment,” residents of the region are encouraged to fill it out as soon as possible.

“Without the information from the survey, we can’t proceed,” says Crystal Marschner, the Family and Youth Program Coordinator for Smoky River FCSS.

“We need to know what people want from the service, including the hours of operation. We need to get as many responses as possible.”

There are 24 questions to complete, including ones like where you live, are you currently using child care services, commuting to work, difficulty obtaining child care and the types of care required (infant, full- and part-time, drop-in, etc.).

The survey opened Feb. 20 and the deadline to complete it is March 16.

A group met at the Town of Falher office at lunch time on Feb. 15 to discuss how to restore daycare service in the region.

Diane Chiasson, who works for Smoky River Regional Economic Development, was one of the presenters.

“This region needs after-school care and extended hours,” says Chiasson. “If we want to grow as a region, it’s needed.”

The group will meet at the Falher town office again noon on March 21 to discuss the survery results.

The public is invited to attend that meeting.


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