Salmon Arm has received a windfall that will support the creation of new childcare resources in the city.
The City of Salmon Arm announced March 29 that it received $25,000 from the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Ministry of Children and Family Development through its Community Childcare Planning Program to take stock of current childcare services and identify the needs that should be addressed.
The City of #SalmonArm has received 25k thru the Community Childcare Planning Program. This joint initiative lead by the Childcare Planning Committee, overseen by the City & Shuswap Children’s Association, will inventory & identify childcare needs in SA! https://t.co/JbcwvP0dcT pic.twitter.com/uTpQRkxdnS
— City of Salmon Arm (@SalmonArmBC) March 29, 2019
In order to better meet the childcare needs of families, the Province of British Columbia recently announced expanded investment in the child care sector totaling $1 billion over three years. This includes $237 million to improve access to child care, including funding the creation of 22,000 new licensed child care spaces.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development is also providing $3 million provincially for the Community Child Care Planning Program
This initiative will be spearheaded locally by the city in partnership with the Shuswap Children’s Association, and in the coming months will identify what changes and additions can be made to improve access to childcare services in Salmon Arm.