$1/2 mil for Lumby daycare

The B.C. government has announced it is funding thousands of new licensed child-care spaces.

Lumby is one area that will benefit from the investment.

The Bridge Educational Society is receiving $500,000 to create 43 spaces – 12 spaces for infants and toddlers, 16 spaces for children aged three to five years and 15 school age spaces – at Cedar Bridge School.

"I'm excited to be announcing that we are building thousands of child-care spaces throughout B.C., including more than ever before for Indigenous communities," Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development said Monday. "Too many B.C. families are struggling to find child care. These new spaces will offer relief and hope to parents."

The government is spending $33 million in 52 communities on 103 projects that will create more than 3,800 child-care spaces.

Other communities that will benefit include:

Lake Country: The New Beginnings Early Learning Centre to receive $215,429 to create 50 spaces – 20 for infants and toddlers and 30 for children aged three to five years.

Salmon Arm: The Kinder Play Child Care Centre to receive $250,000 to create 24 infant and toddler spaces.

Salmon Arm: The Neskonlith Indian Band to receive $500,000 to create 39 spaces – eight infant and toddler spaces, eight spaces for children aged three to five years, eight preschool spaces, and 15 school-age spaces – at the Switzmalph Child Care Centre.

A number of groups in Kelowna will be receiving government funding totally approximately $1 million.

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