The province has announced $500,000 in funding under the B.C. Early Years Strategy to create 32 new licensed childcare spaces in Kamloops.
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc will use the funding to create 32 group childcare spaces at Little Fawn Nursery, 360 Chief Alex Thomas Way. The spaces are for infants and toddlers up to 36 months of age.
Chief Fred Seymour said the province’s contribution will enable enhanced efforts for language immersion and strong learning foundations for infants and toddlers.
“Our elders remind us how sacred our children are, and we know that getting an early start in quality education in our traditions will contribute to a stronger community emulating pride,” he said.
“Little Fawn Nursery offers a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn, develop and take great pride in their heritage,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “Access to quality childcare is vital to so many families and I am thrilled that Tk’emlups te Secwepemc will be able to offer its programs to more local children.”
In November 2015, the B.C. government 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 government’s commitment to support the creation of 13,000 new spaces by 2020.