New daycare spaces funded

The Osoyoos Child Care Centre is expanding for the first time since it opened two decades ago thanks to new funding from the provincial and federal governments.

The Town of Osoyoos is receiving $900,000 to add 18 new licensed child care spaces — eight spaces for infants and toddlers and 10 for kids aged three to kindergarten.

"The early years of life are critical in the development and future well-being of children," said Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. 

"Our government is pleased to work with the Government of British Columbia to help families access high-quality early learning and child care so more children and parents have the support they need."

This expansion will take the total number of spaces to 61, an increase of more than 40%.

"This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when you mix federal and provincial funding with municipal planning and local know-how. It is what the future of child care can look like, and I know it can't come soon enough for parents,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C.'s Minister of Children and Family Development.

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