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94 preschools to open

SHANGHAI will open 94 new kindergartens on Wednesday to address a chronic shortage, especially in the suburbs.

The kindergartens will have space for an additional 30,000 children.

The 94 preschools include 57 public and 37 private ones. Of the public kindergartens, 49 are in suburban areas.

The city will have 1,205 kindergartens once the new ones open.

However, many parents still find it difficult to send their children to preschool as the kindergartens are usually full due to both an increase in people migrating to the city and a baby boom that started in 2007. The number of births has been above 160,000 every year since 2007.

According to Sun Hong, an official with the Shanghai Education Commission, a total of 130,000 children will newly enroll in kindergarten this fall semester, 7 percent more than last year. Among them, 40,000 children are from non-Shanghai families.

The total number of children at kindergartens during the new semester is expected to reach 375,000.

The number is expected to keep rising in the following three years with an expected annual increase of 50,000. The total will reach 500,000 in 2012.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Education Commission officials said they had completed a draft to regulate safety operations at child care venues.

The venues, which essentially provide a baby-sitting service, are mainly used by migrant workers.


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