PROVINCE ANNOUNCES MORE HIGH-QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
Families with the Canadian Forces in the St. James-Assiniboia area will soon have more access to some of the best and most affordable child care in Canada, thanks to the province’s support for the expansion of the Military Family Resource Centre’s Child Care Centre, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.
“We have one of the best child-care systems in Canada,” said Howard. “We are continually making it stronger by adding more high-quality, licensed, reliable child-care options for Manitoba families.”
The Military Family Resource Centre’s Child Care Centre at 630 Whytewold Rd. is an early learning and child-care centre and will be licensed for a total of 127 children including 36 infant, 60 preschool and 31 school-age spaces.
The new funding will add 24 spaces, all for infants, for a total of over $243,000 in annual operating support and is in addition to $200,000 toward the cost of renovations at the existing site.
The minister noted Manitoba has more than doubled annual overall funding for child care to
$143 million from $70 million over the past 10 years. Family Choices, the province’s five-year early learning and child-care initiative, will allocate funding for 6,500 quality child‑care spaces by 2013 including funding for 900 spaces this year alone, she added. Since 2008, as part of the initiative, $37 million has also been invested in 123 capital projects across the province including 60 brand new child-care centres.
More information about Family Choices, Manitoba’s strategy to further improve child care, is available at www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare.