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City hosting public information session Saturday to assess local childcare needs

As part of a recent initiative to assess childcare space needs, the City of Prince George is hosting a public information session at the South Fort George Family Resource Centre (1200 La Salle Ave.) on Saturday, October 5, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Parents, caregivers, and families are welcome to drop by to view a public information display, ask questions, and provide comments. The event is free, open to the public, and does not require registration. Light refreshments will be available and children are welcome.

The information gathered will help identify specific issues, trends, and needs related to the creation of new childcare spaces over the next 10 years.

The Province of British Columbia recently committed to investing $1 billion over three years to childcare. This includes $237 million in funding to improve access to childcare, including the creation of 22,000 new licensed childcare spaces.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) earmarked $2.85 million for the Community Child Care Planning Program, which is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

The City received a grant from UBCM through this program to engage in planning activities to develop a community action plan in order to create more childcare spaces.

A survey is also available on the City website until October 13, 2019:  http://bit.ly/childcarepg

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