‘I SUGGEST we begin the school day with an hour of connection activities that bring the students together. We need to create interaction among the students that will lead them into creating a miniature society where they care for one another like a family.’ .
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The Labor and Social Services Ministry is on a mission to increase the number of daycare centers in Israel.
Seventy daycare centers were built in 2017, while only 23 were built between 2014 and 2016, according to a statement released by the ministry on Monday.
After a three-year stagnation in funding for daycare centers, the ministry is boasting an increase of three times more daycare centers built in 2017 than in the previous three years combined, with more improvements on the way in the coming year.
The ministry also reported a 250% increase in daycare subsidies which reached some 12,000 toddlers and 156 daycare centers.
“Increasing the supply of daycare centers is a significant tool to reduce the cost of living for parents which is one of the issues that I am leading,” Labor and Social Services Minister Haim Katz said in a statement on Monday.
Currently the ministry oversees some 2,200 daycare centers and some 3,700 mishpachtonim – family-run daycare centers – which are responsible for some 120,000 infants from birth to age three at a monthly average subsidized cost of NIS 1,100.
The ministry is also investing over NIS 600 million in the construction of about 120 daycare centers in 2017-2018.
The overall plan is to open some 100 daycare centers each year to enroll some 7,500 children.