École Communautaire St-Georges Receives Funding for Daycare Facility
By: Vince Clark
The Manitoba government has revealed where 780 new licensed early learning and child care spaces will be located. And 16 of those are going to be located in St-Georges.
Families Minister Scott Fielding announced Friday the spaces will be created at schools and in communities across the province.
Funding for additional child care spaces was first announced in February and re-announced in the March budget.
Ten projects — which will create 424 new spaces — are being developed in schools or on school property. Another 10 — creating another 356 spaces — will be developed at existing community sites.
“Child care in or close to schools offers convenient and accessible options for families, and we believe children and families benefit directly from these successful relationships,” said Jodie Kehl, executive director of the Manitoba Child Care Association.
École Communautaire St-Georges is among these projects. The p’tits loups, formerly the pre-school facility, will be renovated, allowing for 16 preschool aged daycare spots. “It is promising in the sense that perhaps two or three years later, these young people who attend the day care center will eventually become students at École Communautaire St-Georges.” School Principal Trisha Dubé stated on the French radio show “Radio-Canada”, Monday morning. She also stated that the need for Francophone child care spaces is desperate in Saint-Georges. She added that early childhood educators will need to be hired. The opening date for the facility has not been determined.
Lac du Bonnet MLA, Wayne Ewasko said that he welcomes the new spaces to his constituency. “This exciting announcement demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality child-care to Manitoba families,” said MLA Ewasko “I am pleased that we are creating new early learning and child-care spaces for families in the Lac du Bonnet constituency.”