GHSD pro­poses mod­u­lar day­care on Green­tree site

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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.

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