The Community of Madrid will allocate a total of 36 million euros to the ‘day care check’ in the 2017-2018 academic year, which will allow them to reach 32,700 children, 1,700 more than this school year.
As reported by the regional president, Cristina Cifuentes, in a press conference after the Government Council, the next academic year 2017/2018 the regional government will allocate two million euros more to the ‘check nursery’.
A total of 32,700 children from Madrid between 0 and 3 years old will benefit from these scholarships, which means an increase of 1,700 beneficiaries and 6.8 percent more than in 2016/2017. In addition, the deadline for submitting applications is extended, which will be 20 instead of 15 business days.
These scholarships for pre-school education are part of a package of educational aid to families in Madrid, which benefit this course 2016/17 to a total of 491,000 students. These are the school canteen aid, the textbook loan system, the transport subsidies, the Vocational Training scholarships or the 2nd opportunity scholarships to help unemployed young people in Madrid obtain the ESO degree or access to FP cycles.
The Community of Madrid will allocate a total of 94 million euros in 2017 to finance these items that promote equal opportunities, which is 5 million more than the previous year.
To all this we must add the scholarships and grants in the university area for which they are going to allocate close to 11 million euros in 2017, 22.5 percent more than the previous year. They are scholarships for students with excellent academic records and grants for students with unfavorable socioeconomic situations.
NOVELTIES IN THE ‘KITCHEN GUARDERÍA’
As the main novelty, this year the call states that, to obtain these scholarships, the family per capita income may not exceed the limit of 25,000 euros, whatever the total score obtained, with the aim of encouraging them to reach the greatest number of people who need it. In this way, a family composed of two adults and two children that exceeds 100,000 euros of annual income will not be able to access the aid.
In addition, the levels of per capita income that will be taken into account for the family income score have been updated to match those used in the admission process of public centers.
The aid of the call for the next course, carried out jointly by the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sport and Social and Family Policies, will be allocated to families whose children were born before October 31, 2017 and will be enrolled in any of the courses of the first cycle of early childhood education in private centers authorized by the Community of Madrid. Children not born at the time of submitting the application may have the help, as long as their parents provide a medical certificate stating the probable date of delivery.
FACILITIES FOR VICTIMS OF GENDER VIOLENCE
The Madrid Government will provide more facilities to access aid for families with victims of gender violence and may also obtain those over 3 years of age that for special educational needs must remain one year in the first cycle of Early Childhood Education.
The amounts of the scholarships will be 100 or 160 euros per month depending on the income and will mainly benefit the families in which both spouses work, with the aim of promoting family and work-life balance.
7 points will be earned by families in which the parents work full time, when there is only one parent and also works all day or when one of the parents or guardians is working full time and the other has an impediment to care for their child . The same situations above will be valued with 5 points if you work part time. Numerous families and parents or children with disabilities and socio-family situations justified by Social Services will also be scored.
BET FOR CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The Community has a public network that this course has a total of 453 nursery schools and about 45,000 places supported by public funds. This course, the regional Executive has lowered 20 percent the prices of these nursery schools, which has meant an increase of 7.7 percent of children enrolled, the largest increase recorded for 5 years.
Likewise, the next course, 2017/18, the Government of the Community will reduce another 5 percent the rates of public nurseries, which will contribute to the next course continue registering one of the rates of schooling in 0-3 years higher of Spain, only surpassed by the Basque Country, and also of the largest among the states of the European Union.
The region exceeds 44 percent of the school enrollment rate in the 2016/17 academic year, with more than six points of difference compared to autonomous regions such as Catalonia or Andalusia.