The Education Department of New Taipei City Government (新北市教育局) has worked with the National Immigration Agency (內政部移民署, NIA) to allocate more than NT$6 million to subsidize 60 schools that will provide free child care services.
The temporary service will help alleviate the burden of 300 new immigrant mothers in the city, making it easier for them to pursue their studies without having to look after their children during the day.
The New Taipei City Government launched the “New Immigrant Learning Platform” in February this year for immigrants who want to go back to school.
According to the Education Department, there are currently around 2,000 new immigrant mothers in the city attending supplementary schools, night schools, or adult education programs at all levels of schooling, with 300 of them applying for childcare services.
The division chief of the department Lin Yu-ting (林玉婷) pointed out that many new immigrants aspire to enter the job market, therefore actively learning through the resources provided by schools to increase their competitiveness and job opportunities.
Considering that many new immigrant mothers carry the burden of raising children and can’t take care of them while studying, New Taipei has opened up application access for schools in need of temporary child care service every year.
This year, the city government has invested NT$6.76 million, hired 88 childcare workers and subsidized 60 schools to provide free temporary childcare services, successfully assisting 300 new immigrant mothers and took care of more than 400 new immigrant children.
The department director Chang Ming-wen (張明文) said that each year, New Taipei City and NIA jointly subsidize the cost of child care for new immigrants, hiring temporary staff and purchasing teaching materials so that the mothers can bring their children to school and take care of them closely.
Age-appropriate activities such as picture book reading, painting, building blocks and word recognition were also arranged to create a friendly environment where new immigrants can learn at ease.