Good news for young families

Families in Kelowna and Penticton will soon have better access to child care thanks to the provincial government’s Early Years Strategy.

In the Kelowna Mission 36 new child-care licensed spaces have been approved to proceed, while in Penticton 24 spaces will be available to serve families.

The provincial government is providing Kelowna Creative Advantage Childcare with $15,036 in capital funding to renovate its existing facility to add extra capacity. Twenty spaces will be designated for children between the ages of 3 to 5, and 16 spaces will be designated for pre-school children.

Kelowna Mission MLA Steve Thompson says families in Kelowna-Mission will benefit greatly from these additional child care spaces.

“This funding gives more options to parents, and helps provide a safe and fun learning environment for more local kids.”

Leapin Lizard’s Daycares Inc. in Penticton has been provided with $205,695 in capital funding to build new capacity adding 24 spaces for school-aged children located at Parkway Elementary School.

Dan Ashton, MLA for Penticton says, "When the facility opens, moms and dads will have the assurance that their children are under the supervision and care of professionals.”

These 60 new licensed child-care spaces are part of the provincial government’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 new spaces by March 2015.

This investment marks the first phase of the provincial government’s Child-Care Major Capital Funding roll out, and will allow child-care providers to:

  • Build a new child care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.
  • Assemble a modular building and develop a site.Renovate an existing building.
  •  Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings to support new child-car spaces  in an existing facility.

Thomson says the provincial government is now in the process of working with the child-care providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements that providers have identified for each site, such as the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits and hire contractors to renovate the sites.

Construction and renovations for the new spaces are expected to begin by March 2015.
In addition to these 1,000 new spaces, another 1,000 spaces are to be created by March 2016 under the BC Early Years Strategy. This builds on the approximately 107,000 spaces that government currently supports throughout the province.

Applications for the next phase of child care major capital funding will start early in 2015. Interested child care providers can visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/major_capital.htm for more information.


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