Children and Family Development

Better access for Kelowna families to affordable, quality child care

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Children and Family Development

Better access for Kelowna families to affordable, quality child care

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Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 360-6597
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Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 360-6597

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Childcare BC New Spaces Fund creates more options for Kelowna families

These three projects will create 68 new licensed child care spaces in the Kelowna area.

UBC Okanagan

Twenty new child care spaces are being created – 10 infant and toddler spaces and 10 spaces for children aged 30 months to school age. UBC is partnering with the University Children’s Learning Centre Society (UCLCS). The UCLCS, a non-profit, operates a centre that has been in operation since 1992. This project will add two additional rooms to the centre. UCLCS offers practicum training for early childhood education students from several different institutions, including UBC, and provides job shadowing for local high school students who are considering careers in the field. 

Willowstone Academy

Twenty-eight new spaces are being created at an existing child care facility – 12 infant and toddler spaces and 16 spaces for children aged 30 months to school age. The non-profit society operates a private school from kindergarten to Grade 9 as well as a child care centre with 96 spaces. The funding is being used to renovate the current facility. Willowstone offers an annual parenting course to registered families, and counsellors are available as support for both parents and their children. The staff, parents and children of the centre also benefit as they are included in the activities, events and culture of the larger school.

District of Lake Country

As announced in November 2018, 20 new child care spaces are being created — four infant and toddler spaces, and 16 spaces for children aged 30 months to school age. The district has partnered with the non-profit Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, which will operate the centre. The project is a multi-generational activity centre for the community and will house the permanent home of the local Boys and Girls Club. The building will also include youth activity spaces, a tech lab and art studio, and will be located next to a seniors' centre. The child care facility is being built with support through the Federal Gas Tax Fund for 40 spaces. The provincial funding is being used to build the additional 20 spaces, as well as an outdoor play space for all the children.

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