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Neighbourhood Hubs Benefit Sea To Sky Families

by NationTalk on April 3, 2007601 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007CFD0009-000374
April 2, 2007

Ministry of Children and Family Development

SQUAMISH – A $50,000 grant for the Sea to Sky Community Services Society and a $198,600 grant to the Mount Currie Indian Band will support two neighbourhood hubs to serve young children and families in the Sea to Sky corridor, Minister of State for Child Care Linda Reid announced today.

“Hubs bring together programs and services that help many children and families develop and thrive,” said Reid. “These grants provide local agencies with the means to create important links with other family-serving organizations in the community. As a result, families enjoy greater access to more integrated programs.”Provincial funding for neighbourhood hubs – centres where child care, early childhood development and family strengthening programs are housed under one roof – is aimed at:

· increasing child care spaces;

· offering convenience for families by co-locating programs;

· improving cost effectiveness for service providers;

· enhancing programs that are tailored to meet the needs of individual communities; and

· increased utilization of public buildings whenever possible.

Sea to Sky Community Services plans to create up to 12 new child care spaces and move several existing child care, preschool, infant development, and family resource and outreach programs throughout Squamish and Pemberton to one new location at the former Squamish courthouse building.

“This new funding allows us to centralize and enhance our services in a location that will benefit the entire community of Squamish,” said Lois Wynne, executive director of Sea to Sky Community Services. “Our families will appreciate the convenience of accessing programs for ages ranging from infants to 12, all under one roof.”

The Mount Currie grant will assist with a larger capital plan to expand an existing hub site, including the creation of 14 new child care spaces, at the Pqusnalhcw Child Care Centre.

“This funding will lead to one-stop access for child care, early childhood development and family support programs in the community,” said West Vancouver-Garibaldi MLA Joan McIntyre. “The hub will strengthen services that support healthy child development and vastly improve access for busy, local families.”

The two projects are part of a $2.5-million dollar commitment to support neighbourhood hubs in 22 B.C. communities. For a complete list or information on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s comprehensive network of programs and services for young children and families, please visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/early_childhood/initiatives.htm.

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Media contact:

Karen Murry
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2939

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