It Takes a Village: Addressing Barriers to Childcare for Island Women
Project Background and Goal
With new structures in place for childcare operators, a lack of spaces available, changes to minimum wage that affect subsidy eligibility and overall affordability, Prince Edward Island mothers are often forced to turn down employment or only work part time, and those mothers that are employed tend to make less money than men and other women without children.
With this in mind, Women's Network PEI has been funded by Status of Women Canada to work with parents, community members, employers and government, over the next 3 years, to understand and transform systemic and structural barriers related to child care in PEI. Our goal is to increase women's economic prosperity through increased access to childcare services and reduced gender stereotypes related to child care responsibilities between men and women.
Women's Network PEI will be engaging parents/guardians and community organizations in focus groups and partnerships from Eastern to Western parts of the island, including Indigenous, Francophone, and newcomer families, to hear the barriers, challenges, strengths and hopes for our childcare system. WNPEI will also be consulting with employers, unions, non-profits, various government sectors, and childcare centers to creatively address the barriers and fill in the gaps that are in place for Island mothers wanting to gain and keep employment.
WNPEI will be completing a Needs Assessment, creating an Action Plan and implementing recommendations that will improve the economic security of mothers on Prince Edward Island.