Daycare spaces difficult to find for many. (THE NEWS/files)

Feds chip in $702k to kickstart new daycare program

Will provide 462 new spaces in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Parents will have an easier time finding daycare for their children with a new program that will provide an additional 462 spaces in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

The Family Education and Support Centre is expanding its range of services into daycare, and starting next January, will be offering 150 spaces for three-to-five-year-olds, 144 before- and after-school care spaces, 120 pre-school spaces, and 48 infant and toddler spaces.

Just under $702,000 to start up the program came from Employment and Social Development Canada.

“It is a major step for us and we’re very excited about it,” said Jenny Earley, executive-director with the Family Education and Support Centre, which currently offers a variety of support and education programs for a range of needs.

Early said the program will operate in three locations, yet to be named, in Maple Ridge. The money is being used to start the program, after which parental daycare fees will sustain it into the future.

She added that child care is needed in Maple Ridge.

“Most of the places are already full in Maple Ridge and there are waiting lists.”

Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Dan Ruimy was at the announcement Friday at the centre on Lougheed Highway.

“Creating more quality spaces where our children can learn and grow will not only support our local families, but also the future of our community,” Ruimy said in a release.

The money comes from Employment and Social Development Canada, under the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework, the result of an agreement made between Ottawa and the provinces.

That same program earlier this month provided $1 million for a childcare facility at the new Albion Community Centre.

Subsidies will also be available for childcare fees.

Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden thanked the federal government, saying the money will allow the Family Education and Support Centre to “elevate their expertise and skills to support families raising our children to be strong, resilient and loved.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Maple Ridge volunteers honoured for decades of service

Community Services held special ceremonies for volunteers John Work and Rodger White

LETTER: Horgan has gall wasting taxpayer money amid COVID

Senior upset by election call at a time when she can’t even afford her prescriptions

OUR VIEW: Election could well backfire on Horgan

Are voters angry enough to cast NDP out, after sending us to the polls in the middle of a pandemic?

Downtown Maple Ridge BIA helping to stock the shelves for the food bank

Participating businesses will have donation boxes available for the month of October

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Father hopes journey to aviation-safety program inspires hope

Former South Surrey resident Greg Sewell hasn’t given up on quest to mandate older-plane retrofits

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Most Read