41 new childcare spaces are arriving in Invermere.
The Mountain Ridge Early Learning Program is receiving $250,000 from the BC Government for daycare and after school support.
Owner and Operator Karyn Rohrick says the funding will allow the Windermere-based program to build a second location in Invermere.
She says this will help address long wait lists in the community.
“There are shortages of spaces, especially with infant, toddler and afterschool care, so as a school, we are really limited with the programs we can offer,” Rohrick says. “We are in a leased space, that means we just have room for preschool programs, so families often have to access care at other centers and then transfer to us.”
Eight spaces are planned for infants and toddlers, while another eight are expected to cover three to five year olds.
An additional 10 preschool children and 15 school age kids should benefit through the funding.
Rohrick expects the toddler, young children and preschool spaces to be ready by Fall 2019.
Her ultimate goal is to establish a center where children can stay for all their formative years.
“Children can come and stay for all of their formative years. That way, they are just forming attachments with primary caregivers that will continue on,” Rohrick says. “They’ll feel more secure and they’ll learn more that way.”
The Province announced Monday they were investing 33 million into 91 organizations and 103 projects.
– Karyn Rohrick, Mountain Ridge Early Learning Program Owner