Monday, March 1st, 2021
"CASTLEGAR – Families in the Kootenays will have access to almost 150 new licensed child care spaces as part of the Province’s ongoing commitment to increasing access to child care through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
“This is great news for families across the Kootenays, especially for those in Nakusp, who will see nearly 100 new child care spaces,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister Responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust and MLA for Kootenay West. “Safe, accessible and affordable early childhood education creates so many opportunities for parents, children and educators alike. Both Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and I are excited to see the communities we represent really taking advantage of this programming so we can all build back better.”
The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is supporting four projects to create 144 new licensed child care spaces in Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson and Winlaw. These spaces are part of the fastest creation of child care in B.C.’s history and were part of the September 2020 milestone that marked more than 20,000 new spaces funded throughout the province in just over two years.
Families will be able to access new licensed spaces in the following communities:
- Castlegar (20 spaces)
- Nakusp (96 spaces)
- Nelson (eight spaces)
- Winlaw (20 spaces)"