Friday, July 31, 2020

Province to fund 100 Day Care spaces for Terrace

Some significant support is heading towards the Terrace area, with the Provincial government announcing that it will be providing for 100 Day Care spaces in that community.

The Terrace program will see Coast Mountain School District renovate the former ET Kenney Primary School, creating space for 102 participants, the Centre which is to be operated by Terrace's Coast Mountain Children's Society will open the doors in September of 2021.

Once in operation the new Centre will offer 12 new infant/toddler spaces, 20 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten, 10 pre-school spaces and 60 school-age spaces.

The centre will use the Indigenous Early Learning Framework, which sets out principles to help ensure that Indigenous children experience high-quality, culturally rooted early learning and child care programming.

Katrine Conroy, the Minister of Children and Family Development made note of the opportunities for the community that the new centre will offer.

“These new spaces in Terrace demonstrate our ongoing commitment to make life better for B.C. families and will allow more parents to return to work, go back to school or pursue other opportunities, strengthening both the community and economy.”

More on the Terrace program can be reviewed here.

In March of this year, Prince Rupert City Council received a report from Alison Watson and Kate delivered the findings of the Prince Rupert Child Care Assessment and Action plan, that document noted that there was an immediate need for 49 spaces in the city, though that was considered to be a Conservative estimate.
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Among the gaps that the study revealed, was a need for Infant/Toddler care spaces, Flexible programs, Co-location hubs, Awareness of programs/benefits and a review of the barriers that can be found in the community related to staff, zoning issues and capacity.

Some of the background on the long running issues and past reviews related to Child Care in Prince Rupert can be reviewed here.

So far, there have been no announcements of any solutions to address some of those concerns.

For more notes on Provincial programs see our Legislature archive page here.

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