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55 child care spaces announced in Fort Nelson

Hillside Clubhouse project will create 8.5 new preschool spaces, 47 new spaces for school-age children
Katrina Chen, B.C.'s minister of state for child care.

The province has announced more than 50 new child care spaces in Fort Nelson.

The Hillside Clubhouse project will see the double portable at the RL Angus Elementary school relocated to a site adjacent to J.S. Clark Elementary school. 

Before and after school care will be provided at both this school site and at G.W. Carlson Elementary and will create 55.5 new child care spaces, the province said, including 8.5 new preschool spaces and 47 new spaces for school-age children. 

 "As we continue to build towards an inclusive universal child care system, these new spaces will make it easier for parents, especially mothers, to pursue their own goals, while also being part of B.C.'s economic recovery,” said Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen.

School District 81 is partnering with the Fort Nelson Family Development Society to provide the child care and preschool programs. The province says relocation of the portables and the establishment of programs are expected to be in place by August 2021.

Both schools have StrongStart BC and Ready, Set, Learn programs, as well as outdoor equipment. 

The province also announced 24 new child care seats in Dawson Creek for YMCA École Frank Ross, where renovations will repurpose the school's library to create the new spaces for school-age children.

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