Provincial government funds 128 new child care spaces in Langley

The province is giving money to two private child care firms to create new spots in Langley.

The B.C. Liberals announced $475,000 in funds to create 128 new child care spaces in Langley.

The announcement was made as part of Child Care Month and is funded under the B.C. Early Years Strategy.

The Surrey-based company Creative Kids Learning Centre will have a site in Willowbrook and will receive $250,000 to create 108 spaces.

Those include 36 spots for babies up to 36 months and 72 spots for kids ages three to five.

The province will give $225,000 to another private firm, Elms Academy, for 20 spots for kids up to 36 months of age at Peregrine House School, 20381 66th Ave. (the James Anderson Learning Centre owned by the Langley School District).

“These two projects will create valuable childcare spaces in our community,” Langley MLA Mary Polak said. “With ongoing demand for childcare spaces, this investment is part of our commitment to create 13,000 spaces by 2020.” The BC Early Years Strategy is an eight-year program of the provincial government.

The funds just announced are the third phase of capital funding. Recipients can use the funds to buy land or a building to start a facility, purchse a modular building and develop a site, renovate an existing building, or buy necessary equipment.

For more, go go www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare.

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