Sanmin Daycare Center (三民託嬰中心), the first public daycare in Taichung’s coastal districts opened Friday in the city’s Wuci District (梧棲).
The new daycare center is the city’s 34th public daycare, and the first within its coastal area, Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) said, adding that tuition at the center is only NT$1,500 per month.
Lu said that when she first took office there were only five public daycares across the city’s 29 districts, and today there are 34 – an increase of nearly five times.
“We aim to make Taichung a paradise for those who are willing to raise children,” she said.
Fees at the city’s public daycare centers are NT$7,000 per month, but NT$5,500 of that is subsidized by the government, so families need only pay NT$1,500 per month, she said.
The new daycare is part of a larger social-welfare center that also includes facilities for older adults and the disabled, she said.
“Taichung’s public daycare tuition is the lowest in the country, and the city’s one-time maternity benefit payment was doubled in recent years from NT$10,000 to NT$20,000,” Taichung Social Affairs Bureau Director Liao Ching-chih (廖靜芝) said.
“We also have plans to open public daycares in Sinshe (新社), Wurih (烏日), Situn (西屯), Longjing (龍井) and Waipu (外埔) districts.”
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