It Takes A Village

Access to affordable childcare is just one barrier to women gaining and keeping employment, improving their status in their jobs or increasing their education.  "It Takes A Village" is a Women's Network PEI (WNPEI) project that is working to improve women’s economic security by increasing access to childcare on PEI. Right now, WNPEI is conducting a Needs Assessment to better understand the barriers preventing access to childcare on PEI and will develop an Action Plan that provides recommendations for better access for Island families such as family friendly work policies and changes to legislation that create systemic barriers to women’s economic security and prosperity on PEI. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share with other parents and caregivers on PEI.  

We ask that you complete this survey before November 30th, 2017.  If you have any questions please contact Pam Atkinson 902-368-5040

* 1. Do you parent/care for a child(ren) 12 years old or under?

* 2. How old is the child(ren) you are parenting/caring for?

* 3. What type(s) of childcare arrangements do you use?

* 4. How did you find these arrangements?

* 5. How easy or difficult was it to find these arrangements?

* 6. How satisfied are you with these arrangements?

* 7. What kinds of barriers have you come across in searching for childcare? Please check all that apply to you.

* 8. What strengths do you see in the childcare system, including Early Learning Centers, Family Home Centers, Private Centers, School Aged Centers and After School Programs,  on PEI?

* 9. How have these barriers/ strengths affected your employability or chances for advancement in your career/education?

* 10. What can employers do to make it easier to balance work and parenting responsibilities? For example, allow changes in start of shifts to allow for drop off at daycare, childcare options at your workplace, flexible hours of work, etc.

* 11. What "Family Friendly" work policies have you heard of on PEI, in Canada or around the world?

* 12. How useful has the Childcare Registry been for you?

* 13. What creative solutions have you had to come up with to meet your childcare needs? For example, using neighbors and family to fill in the gaps, have family move from other provinces/territories/countries, taken children to work, had to cut back on essential things to pay for childcare, etc...

* 14. If you were in charge of childcare on PEI, what would you do differently/ keep the same?

* 15. Because we want to know we are hearing from a diverse population, we'd like to know a little about you. This information is not connected with you in any way and is only reported to our Funders and Advisory Committee in aggregate form.

What town/city/region are you from?

* 16. Please check all that apply for you.

* 17. Thank you very much for your time. We really appreciate your responses and your interest in this issue. If you have anything else to add please feel free to do so below and don't forget to share this survey with other parents and caregivers on PEI. 
If you have any questions please contact Project Coordinator, Pam Atkinson at