Penticton’s Columbia Elementary School will be getting additional childcare spaces.
School District 67 had applied and received funding for the 34 new before and after-school childcare spaces at the school, in partnership with Leapin Lizards daycare.
The work is currently underway for the new spaces, however the district said that it is currently too soon to provide a timeline for when the spaces will be ready. The school district is looking into buying modular portables to house the new spaces.
Interior Health will also be setting up additional childcare spaces at the Penticton Regional Hospital, which will provide 76 spaces including 20 infant-toddler and 32 2.5 years to kindergarten-age spaces.
There is no date announced for the opening of the new hospital childcare facility.
The childcare spaces were part of a recent announcement for the entire Okanagan, and are being funded through the provincial government’s ChildCareBC program.
According to the government announcement, from 2022 into 2023, the ChildCareBC program’s New Spaces Fund is expanding the number of licensed child care services with $30 million of investment.
The provincially-funded child care centre on Edmonton Avenue is still on track to open in fall 2022.
The facility run by OneSky will add 116 new child care spaces to the community when it opens.
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