What are your needs for daycare or after-school care? What are the stumbling blocks that prevent you from accessing it?
These are the kinds of questions that will be part of a survey distributed soon. 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.”
This is especially true when people consider moving to the region, she adds.
Crystal Marschner, the Family and Youth Program Coordinator for Smoky River Family and Community Support Services, noted that a minimum of two Level III staff are required to open a daycare facility and bilingual services could be accommodated.
Marschner also commented that families also require daycare service during the summer and that the Smoky River FCSS’ summer youth program has a limited number of spaces.
Marschner was working on the survey last week.