Taipei Leads in Number of Non-Profit Kindergartens
Mayor Ko Wen-je unveiled the Yingqiao, Huangliniao, and Shijian non-profit kindergartens during the joint inauguration ceremony for the facilities on December 29. The three institutions are located in Zhongzheng and Zhongshan districts.During his address, the mayor pointed out that Taipei currently boasts 21 non-profit kindergartens with accommodation for up to 2,700 preschoolers. This achievement leads the five other direct-rule municipalities on the island. He announced that in 2018, the City will add 53 more classes for such institutions – equivalent to 1,394 students. According to Ko, a survey conducted by the University of Taipei targeting parents indicated a 86.7% satisfaction rate regarding the City’s non-profit kindergartens. The respondents expressed their approval in the areas of hygiene, safety, educational activities, environment, equipment, parent education, and administrative resources. The overall performance of these facilities can rival that of public preschools. To raise the proportion of non-profit kindergartens in preschool education from 4% to the central government-recommended objective of 30%, additional effort is still required. The mayor pledges to find idle spaces at elementary and junior high schools for the purpose of establishing non-profit kindergartens while working to install social welfare amenities at the lower floors of public housing units.