Funding for new child care spaces in Abbotsford

Money will create 125 new spaces at two locations

The provincial government has kicked in money for more than 100 new child care spaces in Abbotsford.

The province announced last week that it will provide nearly $700,000 to create 89 spaces at the First Step Daycare Centre and 36 spaces at the Sumas First Nation’s Busy Bear Child Development Centre.

At First Step – a new facility to be located at 2525 McCallum Rd. – the money will fund 24 infant/toddler spaces, 25 spaces for kids aged three to five, 20 preschool spaces, and 20 school-aged spaces.

At Busy Bear, there will be eight new infant/toddler spaces, 24 spaces for kids three to five years old, and four preschool spaces. The spaces will be available both to children living on reserve, and to other local families.

The province is providing another $1 million to create 53 day care spaces at the Leq’a:mel First Nation in Deroche and the Sqewlets First Nation near Lake Errock.

Parents can access spaces by applying to each organization.

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