BY JANE RITIKOS
KUALA LUMPUR: For as little as RM100 a month, low-income parents can soon send their young children to community childcare centres while they go to work.
The Government has agreed to set up the centres via smart partnership with the private sector and local community.
The move is to make quality childcare accessible and affordable for the low-income group, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The Prime Minister said the Government would provide a launching grant to set up the centres and subsidise the fees for urban families earning below RM2,000 a month and rural families earning below RM1,200.
Abdullah said this in a speech read out by his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the opening of the Women Summit 2005 yesterday.
As a start, a grant of RM1.19mil will go towards the setting up of 10 childcare centres, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
Each centre can accommodate 30 children aged four and below.
The monthly fees per child is RM280 but part of the grant will be used to subsidise RM180 for each child.
This means eligible parents need to pay only RM100 per child.
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