More licensed child care spaces in-store for interior families – Okanagan


More licensed child care spaces will soon be available for families in the interior of British Columbia.

The province plans to open 84 licensed child care spaces and 79 more by March 2022.

“We are working with all kinds of partners to open child care spaces as quickly as possible. These spaces will support us in our recovery from the pandemic and help continue to build economically and socially vibrant communities, ”said Boundary-Similkameen MPP Roly Russell.

“There is still a long way to go to achieve truly inclusive universal child care, but we are on the right track.

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The province funded 163 new licensed child care spaces for families in Lumby, Armstrong, Fernie, Osoyoos and Penticton.

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Osoyoos Elementary is expected to receive 24 new spaces, resulting from the renovation of two classrooms.

The space can now be used as a kindergarten during the day with the addition of licensed child care in the morning and afternoon.

“This renovation means more families can feel safe knowing their children are learning in larger, brighter spaces through certified early childhood educators in a seamless curriculum that runs before and after school in schools. Elementary classrooms, ”said School District No. 53 superintendent Beverly Young.

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The Osoyoos facility has received provincial funding of approximately $ 93,000.

The Lumby Early Years Center is expected to open 54 spaces by March 2022.

Armstrong Kindale Daycare is expected to open 25 spaces by early December.

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Bright Beginnings Community Preschool in Fernie has opened 51 spaces since September 2021.

Columbia Elementary School in Penticton opened nine new places in April 2021.

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These spaces are part of the Provincial Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund, which has provided approximately $ 11 million to nonprofit groups and other organizations to quickly create child care spaces.

“Our government is committed to supporting lifelong learning and healthy families through child care programs and in schools in British Columbia,” said Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside. “The Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund provides parents with more child care options within their communities and builds on our ongoing work to ensure that new child care spaces are available, accessible and affordable for all families. of British Columbia.

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