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Hundreds of Kelowna families will have access to child care at schools

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Publication Date: 
16 Nov 2023



Central Okanagan school district received approximately $29 million through the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund to build new child care facilities on school grounds. Nearly 600 new child care spaces located at seven schools throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country have been funded, with approximately 250 open and 350 opening this winter and next spring.


"Having child care connected to schools can provide easier transitions for preschoolers into our schools and offers much-needed support to working parents during those early years with children zero to 10 years old." [Lee-Ann Tiede, chair, School District 23 Board of Education]

To help fast track the creation of child care spaces on school grounds, the Province developed a funding stream specifically for B.C. school boards, First Nations schools, as well as independent schools interested in creating or expanding access to licensed child care at school. Applications are still being accepted for the 2023-24 ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.