A Cranbrook woman is looking forward to bringing new childcare spaces to the community.
Chiera Johnson received $5,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust as she gets ready to open seven new child care spaces for children in the city through her new Helpful Hands dayhome center .
She says she is in the process of renovating the play space in her home before getting licensed.
“Its all for daycare equipment. That money will be used to buy beds for naptime, sand tables, chairs, climbers, the day-to-day equipment,” Johnson says. “Its the little things that add up.”
She says there is a shortage of childcare spaces and workers in the community and she wants to help change that.
“There’s very limited space for childcare. I know with my oldest daughter, I was waiting for almost three years to get in and my second daughter was unable to get into a facility,” Johnson says. “Just having my son, I’ll be able to provide childcare and not worry about finding a space.”
Johnson hopes to start the new Daycare in April after her maternity leave ends and her son turns one.
– Chiera Johnson, Helpful Hands dayhome center
(Photo from Chiera Johnson’s Helpful Hands dayhome center fundraiser on GoFundMe)