Photo: St. Georges, Manitoba
By Don Norman
It’s been a tough year for everyone and stories of overcoming the difficulties can be inspiring. For the past several years it’s been a bumpy ride establishing Le P’tits Loups Inc, a French day care in St. Georges, and the challenges of COVID-19 only made it bumpier.
“We have struggled financially and we have struggled to find qualified, french staff too work in our rural french childcare center,” said Cédelynne Lachance, Director of Les P’tits Loups Inc.
On March 2nd, 2020, Lachance was hired to work as the director of Les P’tits Loups with the goal of opening the center by the end of March. Of course, we all know what happened in March.
“The COVID pandemic has set us back many months and has meant that many families have gone without childcare or have had to find other options,” she said.
Further delays resulting from building renovations, pushed the opening date back even further, but on September 28, the centre finally opened.
“By the end of October, we will have 5 children laughing and playing in our center,” says Lachance. “We are licensed for 16 and hope that parents will send their children our way!”
Lachance points out that one of the benefits of enrolling children in a french day care is the head start it will give them once they enter the school system. “They will be able to start kindergarten in École Communautaire St Georges knowing and understanding french.”