March 7, 2019 1:43 pm

128 new child care centre spaces added throughout Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government says more affordable child care centre spaces have been allocated in Saskatoon, Delisle, Regina, Moose Jaw and Humboldt.

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The Saskatchewan government announced March 7 more licensed child care centre spaces in the province.

A total of 128 spaces are being allocated in Delisle, Humboldt, Moose Jaw, Regina, and Saskatoon.

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Vanscoy and District Early Learning Center director Tobi Torresan said 32 new spaces are allowing them to move forward with what will become Delisle’s first licensed child care facility.

“A child care centre is greatly needed in this growing community, and we are happy to soon be able to provide more support for our region’s young families,” Torresan said in a press release.

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Saskatoon’s YMCA is receiving 19 new spaces while Regina adds 30 at Eastview Daycare Inc. and three at La Cooperative francaise centre educatif Gard ‘Amis.

Officials said prioritization is based on both a high need for child care and a higher level of vulnerability, as well as to organizations that are ready to move forward with centre development.

“I am proud of our government’s commitment to providing affordable child care options to families throughout the province,” Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a statement.

“We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact of additional child care spaces in these communities.”

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The funding is being provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care agreement, which has allocated almost 1,300 child care centre spaces across the province since March 2018, according to a government statement.

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