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New child care spaces create more options for families

This backgrounder contains additional information on the three projects that will create 144 new licensed child care spaces in the Thompson, Cariboo and Shuswap regions.

The Otipemisiwak Centre (Kamloops)

Métis Nation BC will partner with Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services to create a child care facility that offers programming rooted in Métis values, teachings and cultural practices. Set to open in spring 2023, the facility will offer 112 new licensed child care spaces, including 24 infant and toddler spaces, 24 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten, 40 preschool spaces and 24 school-age spaces.

Bridge River Head Start/Daycare (Lillooet)

The Bridge River Indian Band will renovate an existing child care centre to create eight new licensed child care spaces for children up to the age of 12. St’at’imcet cultural teachings, ceremonies and language are included in the programming. Funding will support the purchase of a new 16-seat van to provide transportation for vulnerable children to and from the centre.  

Yellowhead Child Care Centre (Barriere)

The Yellowhead Community Services Society will create a child care centre within a new affordable housing complex with support from the District of Barriere. With a projected opening in fall 2022, the centre will offer 24 new licensed child care spaces, including eight infant/toddler spaces and 16 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. The facility will have a garden to grow fruit and vegetables that will be used for snacks or provided to families.