Two southeast Winnipeg school communities are set to benefit from the creation of more than 250 child-care spaces.
The provincial government recently announced that 64 spaces will be created with the addition of a new early learning and child-care centre set to be added to Highbury School (99 Highbury Rd.) in River Park South. The spots will be generated by capital funding of more than $2.2 million, officials say. Construction is expected to start in the spring.
Also in the southeast, up to 74 child-care spaces will be created as part of an addition to École Taché (744 Langevin St.), operated by daycare provider Le P´tit Bonheur, due to a funding injection of around $2 million.
"More parents will soon have access to the child care they need to be able to work, support their families and thrive in their communities," said Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum in a news release.
"Under Family Choices (the province’s child-care improvement strategy), we have funded more high quality, licensed and reliable child-care options than ever before in Manitoba because it’s a priority for families."
Provincial legislation now requires child-care centres to be included in schools whenever a new school is built or is undergoing major renovations. Manitoba has nearly 32,500 licensed child-care spaces for infant, preschool and school-age children, including kids with additional support needs.
The province has the second-lowest regulated child-care fees in Canada, Allum added.
For more information about Family Choices, visit www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare