Funds boost early education

  • Mar. 25, 2011 10:00 a.m.

There’s been a financial boost for child care programs in the North Okanagan.

Child care providers in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby are being provided assistance from the provincial government.

“Quality child-care is of very high importance to families, and we are recognizing that by supplying this bonus funding,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“It will help our local child-care providers to become even better and to manage the transition to full-day kindergarten.”

Twelve licensed child-care providers in Vernon, Coldstream and Lumby will share a total of $12,108.26 in bonus funding this spring, thanks to a one-time boost for licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) providers that receive funding under the child care operating funding program.

Seven licensed child-care providers in Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Enderby and Tappen will share a total of $6,187.68 in bonus funding this spring.

“Investing in quality child-care is one of the most important things we can do as a government,” said George Abbott, Shuswap MLA.

“Providing a strong foundation for our children is critical, so I’m very pleased to see this bonus funding for our local child-care providers as we transition to full-day kindergarten.”