GHSD proposes modular daycare on Greentree site
a private operator, a society, or the town would be interested in running the daycare facility, because Greentree would not have the licence to operate or manage the facility.
“In any situation where a new service is considering operations in Drumheller, we would expect thorough market research would take place,” said Salvatore. “In my opinion, the necessary research has not taken place.”
In lieu of such evidence, Alberta Child and Family Services has indicated Drumheller as a community with high demands for operations of a day care facility, but Salvatore said no reputable stats have been provided by the service to in- dicate the magnitude of needs of a daycare in Drumheller.
Salvatore suggested before making the commitment to the facility, council should undertake a thorough assessment of the need for the facility.
An estimate of the necessary staffing and outfitting costs has been completed, and Salvatore said they have calculated that the monthly net loss for the service would range between $7,500 to $9,000 a month.
“I’m not sure why there would be a loss, because in my mind you’d have to make sure your fee structure covers your day to day costs,” Morgan said.
“A tremendous amount of learning happens before the age of 5” Morgan said, “if you don’t have a stimulating childhood, imagine how hard it is to enter elementary already two years behind everyone else.”
“We need to have a better standard of quality for preschool children, and provide access to parents for good daycares. A daycare on the school site provides that connection between the two,” said Morgan.
“Government is realizing that these young children need the opportunity for this consistent standard of care.”
GHSD is prepared to submit an application before the deadline on May 22, with support from the Town of Drumheller.