Taipei opens center for children to ease parenting burdens

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - Page 3

The Taipei City Government yesterday opened the largest public parent-child center in the city on a site near the MRT’s Yuanshan Station, offering a safe and free environment for local parents to spend time with their children.

The Zhongshan Parent-Child Center, which occupies 200 ping (660m2) at the former site of Taipei International Flora Expo, features different interactional zones and a children’s theater that are designed for children under six years of age.

Speaking at the center’s launch ceremony, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the city aimed to provide more public venues for local families, adding that the establishment of parent-child centers could help to ease the burden on parents.

“There were 29,948 births in Taipei last year. Besides encouraging an increase in the birth rate in the city, we are also working hard to offer more help to parents as they raise their kids in Taipei,” he said.

The center in Zhongshan District (中山) is the second of the city’s parent-child centers following the opening of one in Songshan District (松山) last year.

The city government plans to open another center in Beitou District (北投) next month, with an aim of establishing 12 centers by the end of the year, said Tu Tzu-jung (杜慈容), a divisional chief at the city’s Department of Social Welfare.

Tu said that the center would also feature weekly performances by Shiny Shoes Children’s Theater (鞋子兒童實驗劇團), free story readings and various parenting forums which aim to provide educational services to local parents.

The center is open from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10am to 5pm and is free for all parents and their children.