New daycare needs help

There are plans to open a daycare for 63 children in the North Okanagan, but some financial help is needed first.

The Bridge Educational Society is working on opening the Early Years Centre between Lumby and Lavington, but it needs support raising half the construction cost.

“This is an exciting step because we know how much the community needs child care right now and we’ve received such strong initial funding support,” says Roxanne Brierley, capital campaign co-ordinator.

The society, which established the Okanagan Waldorf School (formerly Cedar Bridge School), recognized an opportunity to give young families access to early childhood education on the same rural campus.

The society secured $500,000 in funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and an additional $250,000 will come from gaming grants to build the daycare.

Set to open in this coming summer, the non-profit centre will be 6,250 square feet in size.

The society is now fundraising for the remainder of the $1.25 million construction cost, seeking naming opportunities, donations and donations in-kind.

“There are tremendous benefits beyond parents being able to return to work knowing their children really get to thrive in a special learning environment,” says Brierley. “This benefits employment and the greater community long-term because we’re giving these kids such a great start and that will have a positive impact for years to come.”

More information on the project can be found here.

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