The cost of daycare can be a huge burden on parents and a major factor in decisions like, whether or not to stay home or to have more kids. For one city that decision has just become a little bit easier for parents with the adoption of free public daycare. Read on for all the details.

The city of Madrid, Spain has just approved a new measure calling for free enrollment at public daycare centers for babies from birth up to three-years-old. A total of 8,768 children at 69 centers around the city will benefit from the new program. Kids ages three to six-years-old are already able to attend early learning centers for free throughout the country.

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The program, which will begin in the 2019-2020 school year, will cost the city approximately one million Euros. Families currently pay a fee based on their income, which amounts to just 14 Euros a month for the lowest income bracket. The hope is that free daycare will improve early education and help families achieve a better work-life balance.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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