Southwest China's Sichuan Province is set to build and renovate 2,300 public kindergartens and strengthen assistance of the construction and management of community-based preschool institutes in the upcoming three years in a move to better meet the public's demands for relevant services and resources.
The announcement was made at the First Plenary Meeting of the Sixth Session of the Standing Committee of the 13th Sichuan Provincial People's Congress, held on September 28-29.
Statistics show that Sichuan has witnessed a rise of nearly 1.94 million newborns since the implementation of the universal two-child policy in 2016. Moreover, 730,000 of them are the second child in their families.
There was a total of 13,243 kindergartens and 2.63 million enrolled children in Sichuan by the end of 2017. The net enrollment rate of children in its preschool education reached 82.4 percent last year, a 20 percent increase compared with 2010.
The province still faces an imbalanced and insufficient development of its preschool education, though local governments have attached great importance to the work for years.
The difficulty of finding a kindergarten for their children has become the top concern for many parents when raising their second child under current social circumstances.
So far, the region has already made a plan to address the issue.
In addition, for new kindergartens, local governments will recruit roughly 58,000 preschool teachers and intend to increase the net enrollment rate of preschool children to at least 85 percent in 2020.
(Source: thecover.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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