$314,000 in funding announced for childcare spaces in Abbotsford

Money will go toward the creation of 105 new licensed daycare spots

Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson speakes with Little Wonders Montessori Childcare and Preschool owner Kristie Poole following the announcement of provincial funding.

Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson speakes with Little Wonders Montessori Childcare and Preschool owner Kristie Poole following the announcement of provincial funding.

As part of Child Care Month in B.C., the B.C. government has announced almost $314,000 for 105 new licensed daycare spaces in Abbotsford.

The funds will be provided to two projects. The New Leaf Childcare Centre at 33442 South Fraser Way will receive $250,000, and the remainder will go to Little Wonders Montessori Childcare and Preschool at 33911 Hazelwood Ave.

New Leaf will provide 48 spaces – 24 for kids up to 36 months old, and 24 for kids ages three to five.

Construction for the new childcare spaces is expected to begin July 1, with the centre to open by Jan. 1.

Little Wonders will provide 57 spaces – 12 for kids up to 36 months, 23 for children ages three to five and 22 in a group setting outside school hours and on non-school days.

Construction is expected to begin within a couple of weeks, with the opening planned for Sept. 1.

In November 2015, the province encouraged childcare providers to apply for the third phase of major capital funding to create new licensed childcare spaces throughout B.C. These new spaces are part of the government’s commitment to support the creation of 13,000 new spaces by 2020.

“We have an ongoing demand for childcare spaces throughout the province and these investments in our community will help ease that pressure,” said Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas. “Childcare is an essential service and these new spaces will support families.”

“Childcare centres are such an important part of our community as children learn valuable skills as they transition to school,” said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.