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City’s Fifth Community Childcare Center Opens

On January 26, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the inauguration of Dongyuan community childcare center, the fifth such facility in Taipei. He joined kids in making “prosperity cakes” and creative couplets to herald the Chinese New Year.
The mayor pointed out that it is the government’s responsibility to relieve the financial burden on youths at a time when the island is confronted with the challenge of low birth rates. Establishing community childcare centers is thus one of the city government’s measures to address the issue.
The public service will allocate three professional staff members to take care of every ten infants or toddlers. The cost will be NT$9,000 per child after subsidies of NT$3,000 and NT$2,500 from the central and city governments, respectively. An additional eight community-based childcare centers are expected in 2017, Ko noted.
The Dongyuan community childcare center is decorated with elements of nature and large glass pane windows to let in sunlight. Kids will be encouraged to explore the environment in a space fitted with teaching aids for their cognitive development and hand-eye coordination training.
The new facility will be open for registration between 1:30 PM, February 2 and 12 noon, February 8. A public draw will be held at 2 PM on February 8 to determine who get the seats. The list of names selected will be published on the official website of Department of Social Welfare.
To learn more about the service, call (02)2303-8805.
Address: No. 1, Dongyuan Street, Wanhua District