BC’s fastest growing city, Surrey, is having a tough job keeping up with child care demands.
A report to city council says there are only 12 spaces for every 100 children, and parents are stressing out.
Penny Coates with the Children First Coalition says it’s launching a “Child Care Task Force” and wants the city to get involved.
“If you have the resources, you may be able to find childcare. But if your family is on a more limited income, finding childcare is exceptionally difficult in Surrey.”
Coates says part of the problem is that even when there are spaces, they’re beyond the means of many parents.
“There is a shortage of spaces, but there is a shortage particularly of affordable spaces.”
The report says some children are even missing school to care for younger siblings or are home without adult supervision.