After-school care groups in Edmonton struggle to find space

Global News

(WATCH: The wait lists for many Edmonton after-school care programs are daunting. Kendra Slugoski has more on what many are calling a child care crisis.)

EDMONTON – As Edmonton parents face waiting lists hundreds-long for child care, the groups providing many kinds of care are also waiting – for space.

One child care program in Oliver had a waiting list between two and three years. Interested parents often sign up their children as soon as they find out they’re pregnant to get into the program.

Demand for spots in before- and after-school care programs is also reaching crisis levels.

The Terwillegar YMCA Child Care program has a waiting list between two and three years long. Siblings of children already in the program get first priority.  The YMCA says demand in newer neighbourhoods continues to grow and most schools don’t have space available to set up after-school care.

“We have huge wait…

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