Seoul City has announced that it will designate and operate its Multicultural Multi-ethnicity Integrated Childcare Centers again this year to help children of multicultural families, which are steadily growing in number year by year, seamlessly adapt to Korean society, understand various cultures and develop into good Seoul citizens.
The city designated three new Multicultural Multi-ethnicity Integrated Childcare Centers for the Gangseo-gu, Geumcheon-gu and Gwanak-gu respectively, on April 5, 2011.
Seoul City originally launched two Multicultural Multi-ethnicity Integrated Childcare Centers on a trial basis on July 1, 2008 for the first time in Korea. Currently, the city operates twelve such facilities in five autonomous wards with large multicultural populations. It also plans to establish five new centers each year from next year.
Notably, each childcare center offers different programs for children from multicultural families, as well as operating diverse cultural experience programs that can effectively help children from multicultural families to comingle and grow together, as these children and their parents learn the Korean language and make traditional Korean food together.
To enroll their children at a Multicultural, Multi-ethnicity Integrated Childcare Center, parents should submit their applications to Seoul City’s childrearing portal site. (http://iseoul.seoul.go.kr)