A mother in the Laurentians has been waiting close to four years to send her kids to $7-a-day daycare, while waiting she's seen two newly constructed daycares go up without a child stepping foot inside.
In the town of St-Joseph-du-Lac, Pépin et Pommette daycare was built, sat vacant for months and then was put up for sale.
Now, La Garderie la Pointe-Étoilé, another newly constructed daycare, is ready to open but is still sitting vacant.
Celeste Hill is a mother in the neighborhood with children who have been on both waiting lists.
“You see the fences going up, you see the paint, and you’re thinking any day now, any day now, I should be getting a call. Then you’re trying to chase after information, and these people running the daycares, they’re as clueless as we are,” Hill told CJAD.
In the meantime, she says she’s been paying $1000 a month, and working two jobs, to send her 4 year-old and 20-month-old to private daycare.
“I work an office job during the week and at Tim Hortons on the weekend. It’s a hard life and people’s kids shouldn’t have to go through that, my kids don’t see me enough and it’s hard for everyone,” she said.
The Family Ministry says there are inspections left at La Garderie la Pointe-Étoilé, which are scheduled for June 9, 2014. Spokesperson Nadia Caron says when the inspections and documents are complete it should open quickly.
For the Pépin et Pommette daycare, the ministry says it was not approved to be subsidised and it does not know why it was put up for sale.
The ministry adds that it's the daycare's responsibility to manage its waiting list and keep parents informed.
La Garderie la Pointe-Étoilé did not return CJAD’s calls.