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Good childcare options are crucial for families.
Like every parent, when I can’t be with my kids myself I want to know that they are in a safe and fun environment where they can thrive. That’s why our government continues to invest in making childcare as accessible and affordable as possible.
Soon, the Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre at Sherwood School will provide parents in Concordia with another great child care choice. River East Transcona School Division, in partnership with Roots and Wings, will be provided with over $500,000 to renovate two surplus classrooms at Sherwood School to expand availability of childcare spaces. These renovations will allow the centre to offer 10 more spaces, bringing their total to 41 spaces. The renovations are nearly complete.
With more space, Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre will be able to have a dedicated preschool program. Of their 41 spaces, 26 will be for preschool kids. Before, all the children used the same space, but now each group will have a space of their own.
It’s great that daycares like the Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre are located in schools. It means that kids have the chance to get comfortable with the school environment while in daycare. It makes the transition from their early childcare setting to a school setting easier once they start kindergarten.
Funding the increased spaces at Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre is part of our government’s five-year childcare plan to fund 5,000 more childcare spaces. Part of the plan is to make sure we increase the number of childcare spaces in centres attached to schools. That’s why we now require school divisions to include childcare centres when any new school is built or when an existing school undergoes a major renovation.
In Concordia, our government is also providing funding for the Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre attached to Kent Road School. Together with some of their own fundraising, they received grant money from the provincial Community Places Program to help renovate their kitchen. I’m sure all the children at the Munroe Early Childhood EC are enjoying snacks that are both healthy and tasty made in their new kitchen.
I’m very proud that our government is dedicated to making quality child care accessible to families in Concordia. If you want to learn more about what we’re doing, give me a call at 204-654-1857 or check out my website at www.MattWiebe.ca
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Matt Wiebe is the NDP MLA for Concordia.