“These new child care spaces for families in Fort St. John are bringing us one step closer to delivering the quality, affordable and inclusive child care that all B.C. families deserve,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, in a news release. “Child care for families is key to B.C.’s economic recovery, and these new spaces will make it easier for parents, especially mothers who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, to pursue their own goals by returning to work or school.”
The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is supporting four projects to create 117 new licensed child care spaces on school grounds in Fort St. John.
Families will be able to access new licensed spaces at the following child care centres:
- Little Griffins Clubhouse (36 spaces)
- Little Kodiaks Clubhouse (27 spaces)
- Little Gators Clubhouse (27 spaces)
- Little Royals Clubhouse (27 spaces)
“School District 60 is pleased to be able to support families in the Fort St. John area by offering affordable before- and after-school child care in four additional schools,” said Helen Gilbert, board chair, School District 60. “Having child care at the local school reduces the number of transitions students have in a day, which is easier for them and their families. The improvements include sensory rooms, along with new playgrounds and outdoor classroom spaces that will benefit all students. The board feels that these new child care spaces are a win for our community.”
An additional 4,110 spaces, funded through the 2017 Budget Update and the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada, takes the total number of new licensed spaces funded in B.C. to more than 24,500 since July 2017.