June 17, 2014 11:57 am

Province adds 500 new child care spaces

The province announced that 500 new child care spaces will be added to 11 communities across Saskatchewan.

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REGINA – The province announced that 500 new child care spaces will be added to 11 communities across Saskatchewan.

The government has invested $2.2 million for the additional spaces.

“Our government recognizes that access to high quality child care is a necessity for many of our citizens,” Education Minister Don Morgan said.  “These news spaces will alleviate some of the pressures in our growing communities and allow parents to work, return to work, or study after starting a family.”

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Communities that will be able to add child care spaces include Christopher Lake, Lumsden, Prince Albert, Regina, Sandy Bay, Saskatoon, St. Isodore-de-Bellevue, Swift Current, Wakaw, Warman and White City.

Awasis Child Care Co-Op Ltd. will receive 101 new child care spaces – 50 in White City and 51 in Regina.

“We are thrilled with the new child care spaces we have received,” Awasis Child Care Co-op Ltd. Executive Director Sheila Pelletier said.

“We would like to thank the Minister of Education for his continued support in allowing our organization to be progressive in providing quality child care to the children and families of Regina and surrounding communities.”

In total the government has funded more than 14,200 child care spaces in the province.

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