In Saskatchewan, virtually all child care centres are not-for-profit. The Ministry of Education is responsible for childcare, kindergarten, and pre-kindergarten services, and, the Ministry of Social Services is responsible for the Child Care Fee Subsidy Program, which helps families offset the cost of licensed child care. These range from $330 to $570 per month. (1)
In 2012, Saskatchewan was spending an average of $389 per child aged 0 to 12, whereas the national average* was $528. It also spend an average of $5104 per child-care space, compared to the national average* of $3513.
In 2010, Saskatchewan had a caregiver-to-child ratio of 1:3 for children under one year of age, compared to the national average* of 1:4. For children aged five and under, this ratio was 1:10, which matches the national average. (2)
All figures for the national average exclude Quebec, which implemented a universal $7/day childcare policy and is an outlier in terms of most child care measures.
- Will include 810 licensed child-care spaces in the nine joint-use schools under construction in Saskatoon, Regina, Martensville, and Warman (3)
- Has increased the number of licensed child-care spaces by 104%, or nearly 5000, since 2007 (3, 4)
- Promises to double funding for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Early Childhood Development Programs at a cost of $9.7 million over four years (5, 6)
- Will build 2,000 new child care spaces and establish an “early learning and child-care registry” to examine the need for child care (5)
- The Saskatchewan Liberal Party has not articulated its plans for daycare or child care
- The Saskatchewan Green party has not articulated its plans for daycare or child care
- Finding Quality Childcare
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, page 18
- Saskatchewan Party Platform, page 24
- Saskatoon Star Phoenix
- Saskatchewan NDP Platform
- CBC News