By Marianne Curtis
Southeast residents looking for childcare will soon have access to more daycare spaces after the province recently announced the opening of more than 150 new daycare spaces.
It was recently announced that more than $1 million is being invested in create a new childcare centre in Steinbach and to help an additional three – one in Steinbach and two in La Broquerie expand. An additional 158 daycare spaces are expected to be available for local families.
Premier Greg Selinger made the announcement in person.
“These new spaces mean more parents will have access to the child care they need to be able to work and support their families and thrive in their communities,” stated Selinger. “We are funding more high-quality, licensed and reliable child-care options than ever before in Manitoba because it’s a priority for families.”
Kinder Korner Early Learning Centre in Clearspring Middle School in Steinbach received funding for a new, satellite site of the existing Kinder Korner Early Learning Centre, at 307 Hanover St. At the school, 67 new spaces were created including 12 infant, 40 preschool and 15 school age. The daycare will received an annual operating grant funding of more than $290,000.
Also in Steinbach Happy Feet Early Learning Centre is getting funding to relocate and expand. This project created 44 new spaces including 12 infant and 32 preschool all of which receive annual funding of more than $239,000. Including the expanded spaces, Happy Feet now has 76 child-care spaces, all of which are fully funded. The new construction was approved for up to $316,000 in provincial support.
In La Broquerie Treasure Keepers Children’s Centre in La Broquerie which is a licensed child-care facility that has 40 spaces consisting of seven infant, 18 preschool and 15 school-age spaces.
The Arborgate Treasure Keepers Children’s Centre is a new satellite location at Arborgate School in La Broquerie which has 47 additional funded spaces including eight infant, 24 preschool and 15 school-age spaces with about $190,000 in annual support.
The provincial government has more than doubled annual funding for child care to $143 million from $70 million in the past 10 years, Selinger noted.