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The journey to opening a daycare centre in La Salle is one step closer to completion thanks to a recently announced provincial grant of $299,000.
The LSCU Complex board and La Salle KIDZ Inc. have been working to get the money together to pay for extensive renovations to the front section of the former La Salle Community Centre.
The proposed centre will provide up to 12 infant and 48 preschool spaces.
La Salle KIDZ member Jenn Penner said she’s very pleased with the grant announcement.
"This was a big one for us. This is great news," she said.
Penner and other local residents have been fundraising and applying for grants to get a daycare centre in the community for about seven years.
"There’s a current need for a daycare centre in La Salle and that will continue to grow as La Salle grows," said LSCU Complex board president David Brown.
Brown said, since the LSCU Complex opened, the board turned its attention to working with the La Salle KIDZ Inc. members to move the daycare centre project forward.
"There’s a lot of cross-benefits between the daycare centre and the LSCU Complex," he said, citing the before- and after-school and summer and spring break day camp programs operating at the complex.
LSCU Complex Board secretary Brian Cornelsen said the next step in the project is to get a consultant’s report on the renovations required for the centre so a final budget can be set. So far, the project is estimated at $750,000.
The board and KIDZ members are hopeful that the centre will open before the end of 2016.
Penner said parents who are interested in reserving a daycare space in the centre should check the LSCU Complex’s website at http://lscucomplex.com for updates on the centre’s progress.
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