JAY — Access to dependable childcare is a deterrent for a lot of adults looking for to return to faculty.
At the Dec. 9 Regional School Unit 73 Board of Directors assembly, Robyn Raymond, director of Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education shared outcomes of a childcare wants evaluation survey distributed for eight weeks within the Jay/Livermore/Livermore Falls space. The survey, made out there in September is a part of a collaboration between Spruce Mountain Adult Education and Western Maine Community Action’s Whole Families program.
WMCA is dedicated to increasing entry to childcare in larger Franklin County, Robyn advised the Board of Directors in October. WMCA hopes to construct a pilot website at Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education in Livermore Falls, Raymond added.
The survey had 67 mother and father or guardians reply, with 83.6% from the Tri-Town area. When requested if childcare was at present being appeared for within the area, of the 59 respondents 49.2% weren’t, 30.5% had been and 20.3% is likely to be. Regarding the variety of youngsters within the household, 46.3% had two youngsters, 19.4% one and 17.9% three. Most youngsters had been between the ages of six and 10.
The majority of respondents labored throughout the week with 22.4% engaged on Saturday and 17.9% Sunday. First shift/eight-hours and eight a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m. every had 32.8% responses whereas 10% labored 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 50.7% indicated full-time childcare was wanted whereas for 47.8% it was afterschool care.
Other survey outcomes:
• 75% of oldsters usually are not at present enrolled at school; 42% would return to faculty if they’d entry to dependable childcare.
• 54% would enroll at Spruce Mountain Adult Education in some capability if childcare had been provided on-site. (High faculty completion/workforce coaching/faculty transitions)
• Childcare prices (68.7%) and availability of native childcare facilities (58.2%) had been the 2 most important barriers for fogeys.
• 83.1% had not utilized for childcare subsidy.
“Many people didn’t know it’s available,” Raymond mentioned. More than 10% of the 59 answering the query requested for extra info on subsidies, she famous.
According to Raymond, the tentative settlement with Western Maine Community Action states:
A.) Parents will both be on the premises working towards a credential of worth, or
B.) Working along side workforce companions in an on-the-job coaching capability whereas their youngsters are cared for on the Spruce Mountain Adult Education location.
“We will not be direct providers of care,” Raymond mentioned. “WMCA will hire staff and rent space from us to meet the needs of the community.”