Too bad that my son is turning 6 (Korean age) next year. A hot topic in our family last Chuseok is the announcement that multicultural kids (kids of Korean and a foreign parent) will receive full subsidy on daycare starting next year.
The government announced Thursday that a total of 28,000 multicultural children will be the beneficiary of free daycare services from their birth until they reach five. Regardless of income level, their parents can receive a state subsidy to enroll their kids in daycare centers. This is a major departure from the current policy. As of now, only multicultural parents whose monthly income is below 2.58 million are eligible to benefit from the welfare program.
Excerpt from “Multicultural Kids”
There is already a partial daycare subsidy for children of low-income families. Last year, we applied for the said subsidy, called “i-Sarang”. We had to fill-up the four paged application form along with financial documents. Unfortunately, we were not accepted into the program.
Next year when the full subsidy on daycare becomes in effect, my son would be six-yr old in Korean age and we might not also benefit from that subsidy. We don’t really need dole-outs but we could save the money we pay for daycare.