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YMCA of Northern B.C. named operator of new daycare

SD 60 meeting on January 29th. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The YMCA of Northern British Columbia was announced as the operator of the new daycare in the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School at the SD 60 meeting on Monday.

The facility is scheduled to open this summer and will provide 12 childcare spaces for infants and toddlers and 25 spaces for children ages three to five years old.

“School District 60 is pleased to partner with the YMCA of Northern B.C. to bring much-needed daycare facilities to Fort St. John,” said SD 60 board chair Erin Evans. “The YMCA has an exemplary record for providing outstanding childcare experience for over 40 years in northern B.C. and we look forward to our partnership in providing services to children and families.”

The YMCA which is based out of Prince George cares for more than 550 children in ten daycares across the region.

“We are excited to be working with School District 60 to foster positive early learning outcomes for children in Fort St. John,” added chief executive officer of the YMCA Amanda Alexander. “The YMCA has a strong commitment to ensuring all children receive quality daycare that supports early learning and families being able to live and work in the communities that they choose to reside in.”

BC Hydro will play a big role in building the new daycare as they contributed $1.8 million as part of a commitment in the Site C project’s Community Measures Agreement between Hydro and the Energetic City for new childcare spaces. The Ministry of Children and Family Development is also contributing $500,000.

More information or to register for childcare spaces will be made available in May.

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