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New toddler childcare spots coming to Vanderhoof

The YMCA of Northern BC has received more than $75,000 for 8 new toddler and infant child care spaces in Vanderhoof.

CEO Amanda Alexander says child care is an important part of building any community.

“In particular in Northern and smaller communities, it’s really important to help families stay within our great northern communities. We know that typically, families won’t do that if they can’t find high quality childcare.”

She pointed to Early Developmental index which has shown a high vulnerability of children entering kindergarten. “It’s across the province, but there are some higher levels in our northern communities, so the opportunity to invest in childcare to help children and families… is really exciting.”

She says these will be the first licensed toddler and infant spots in the District of Vanderhoof. They should be available this fall at the Integris Recreation Centre.

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