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Childcare spaces coming to Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:58 PDT, Fri September 18, 2020

More childcare spaces are coming to Richmond.

As part of its Childcare BC plan, the province today announced that the YMCA of Greater Vancouver will be receiving funding to create 77 spaces at the Sprouts Child Care Centre, to be located on the third floor of the Sprouts Early Childhood Development Hub in the Capstan Village neighbourhood. This facility will be part of a larger housing development by Pinnacle Living Lands, which will transfer ownership to the City of Richmond upon completion. The centre is expected to be open for families in spring 2021.

“The YMCA is grateful to once again work alongside the Province of BC and the City of Richmond to deliver quality child care to families in this community,” said Kim Adamson, general manager of child care development, YMCA of Greater Vancouver. “We know critical learning takes place in the first six years of a child’s life – learning that requires a nurturing and caring environment, and we will certainly have that at Sprouts Child Care Centre. Our passionate and dedicated early childhood educators are looking forward to providing each child with every opportunity to connect with others, learn and develop the skills needed to become confident kids today and contributing, engaged adults in the future.”

In all, 35 communities around the province are scheduled to have access to thousands of new, licensed childcare spaces.

“The momentum of our Childcare BC plan continues to build despite the challenges British Columbia has been facing over the past months,” said Minister of State for Childcare Katrina Chen. “We have now funded more than 20,000 new spaces in the past two years, and we remain committed to giving families better access to inclusive, quality affordable child care as we rebuild our economy.”

Since July 2020, nearly 16,800 new licensed spaces funded through Childcare BC programs, an additional 3,634 new licensed child care spaces have been funded through the New Spaces Fund. Since July 2018, the province has funded about 780 new spaces each month on average.

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