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Childcare BC New Spaces Fund creates more options for families

Find out more about the new child care spaces that are coming for families in Kelowna, Lake Country, Penticton and Vernon.

University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus (Kelowna)
This new facility will add 37 new, licensed child care spaces – including 12 spaces for infants and toddlers and 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten – to the current facility, which is operated by the University Children’s Learning Centre Society, bringing the new capacity to 94 spaces. The new facility will be fully accessible for children with support needs and is expected to open in 2022.

George Elliott Secondary school (Lake Country)
The new stand-alone facility next to George Elliott Secondary school will offer culturally sensitive services and programming in 10 different languages. A total of 81 licensed child care spaces will be created, including 12 spaces for infants and toddlers, 49 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 24 school-age spaces. The facility is expected to be completed by spring 2022.

Edmonton Avenue Childcare Centre (Penticton)
The new stand-alone child care centre at Kiwanis Park will be a partnership between the City of Penticton and the operator, OneSky Community Services, which offers parenting programs and family supports. The new centre — complete with solar panels — will have 77 new licensed child care spaces, including 17 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 60 school-age spaces. The centre is expected to open by summer 2022.

Alexis Park Elementary (Vernon)
School District 22 and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Okanagan are partnering to operate a new child care centre at Alexis Park Elementary school. This partnership will create 52 new licensed child care spaces, including 32 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 20 school-age spaces. For more than 50 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs have offered high-quality programming and services to children, youth and their families in the North Okanagan. Families will have access to other valuable services, including Child Care Resource and Referral, family outreach programs, community-based drop-in programs, parenting skills and family navigation to help families connect with early intervention services. The centre is expected to open in December 2021.

Ellison Elementary (Vernon)
School District 22 and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Okanagan are partnering to operate a new child care centre at Ellison Elementary school. A total of 52 new, licensed child care spaces will be created, including 32 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 20 school-age spaces. The centre is expected to open in December 2021.

Mission Hill Elementary (Vernon)
School District 22 and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Okanagan are partnering to operate a new child care centre at Mission Hill Elementary school. A total of 52 new licensed child care spaces will be created, including 32 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 20 school-age spaces. The centre is expected to open in December 2021.

Maven Lane (Vernon)
Expansion to the current facility will add an additional 97 licensed child care spaces to the 320 spaces already available at Maven Lane. The newly created spaces include 12 spaces for infants and toddlers, 44 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 41 school-age spaces. Maven Lane offers diverse educational philosophies and culturally rich programming. It reserves 10% of its spaces for Indigenous families. The new spaces opened in November 2020, and renovations are nearly complete.