Local child care providers will benefit from $94,315 in care funding for new spaces and renovations from the Columbia Basin Trust.
Families in the Columbia Basin will soon have new and improved child care options. Columbia Basin Trust is providing $546,780 to 42 child care centres to upgrade equipment and make other improvements to 722 current spaces, plus create 122 new spaces.
“Knowing how essential child care is to so many Basin residents, our aim for this intake was to help create at least 75 new spaces—and these projects will create that and 47 more,” said Aimee Ambrosone, Director of Delivery of Benefits at Columbia Basin Trust. “We’re supporting child care providers to upgrade their spaces so they can meet licensing requirements and complete renovations without as much financial stress, ultimately creating inviting spaces for children in our region.”
Golden Child Daycare, operated by Blaeberry Holdings Ltd., is one of the recipients. It will add 16 new child care spaces—doubling its capacity—by building an addition to its facility and adding to its outdoor play area.
“There is a high demand for daycare spaces in our community. It will be so nice to be able to say “yes” to parents when they ask if there are spaces available,” said owner Pamela Tretrault. “Our facility will now be able to add six spaces for children under 3 and 10 spaces for children ages 3 to12. Plus, the new playground will be a wonderful addition where all of the children can play and climb.”
Fernie’s seven-space Busy Bees Family Daycare will upgrade its indoor and outdoor play equipment and purchase a new stroller.
“We spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the summer,” said owner Louise Wight. “I know the children will be so excited with the upgrades, and their parents love to see them playing and having fun outside too.”
Revelstoke’s Stepping Stones Child Care Centre, operated by the Revelstoke Child Care Society, is one of the recipients. It will be adding 12 new child care spaces after renovating a classroom next to its existing facility.
“The Revelstoke Child Care Society has an extensive infant and toddler waitlist,” said Linda Chell, Executive Director for the Revelstoke Child Care Society. “With this support from the Trust, after much needed renovations to the room and outdoor play area, this space will be a vibrant and inviting Infant and Toddler Centre to help meet the needs of Revelstoke’s families.”
A full list of the grants can be found here.