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Ontario Building 39 New Licensed Child Care Spaces in Peterborough Riding

New Licensed Spaces Part of $120 Million Child Care Investment

 

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October 2, 2015

 

Over the coming year, Ontario will begin construction on 39 more licensed child care spaces in Peterborough Riding to increase access to safe, high quality child care. 

 

As announced earlier this year, Ontario is investing $120 million over the next three years to create approximately 4,000 new licensed child care spaces across the province. Funding for the first round of spaces has now been allocated to 13 schools to build a total of 42 new child care rooms housing 766 new spaces.

 

In Peterborough EEC/ESC Peterborough will receive $545,610 from the province to build 2 new child care rooms, adding 39 licensed spaces for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

 

Creating more licensed child care spaces in local schools will give children the opportunity to transition from child care into full-day kindergarten at the same location, making for an easier adjustment. The new spaces are also being built in areas where there is significant demand, giving families in the Peterborough area more options when it comes to quality licensed child care that is close to home.

 

In addition to the province’s investment, the past year has seen a more than 10 per cent increase in the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario.

 

Continuing to improve education — from early years through to postsecondary education — is part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.

 

QUOTES

 

“Our government has heard local families loud and clear that they need more child care spaces in schools and better access to quality child care. This is an important investment for Peterborough area families and for Ontario’s youngest learners.”

—  Jeff Leal, MPP

 

 

“Our government is proud to invest in families by supporting a modernized child care and early years system with more capacity to care for our youngest learners. Adding nearly 800 child care spaces in schools across the province is an important step toward improving access to high quality, licensed child care for all families.”

— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education

 

 

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Since 2003, the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to nearly 351,000 – an increase of 87 per cent.
  • New child care rooms built through this investment will accommodate children from birth until they are ready to enter full-day kindergarten.
  • The spaces that have been approved for construction will be ready for programs to open as early as September 2016 and will continue to open up until September 2018.
  • Over the next 10 years, the province plans to provide school boards with more than $11 billion to help build new schools in areas of high growth, improve the condition of existing schools, and invest in projects to reduce surplus space through school consolidations.
  • Offering more licensed child care spaces in schools aligns with the government’s commitment to support community hubs in offering client-focused, co-ordinated services such as child care, education, health care and social services.

 

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