Oscare Day Care wants to expand

The North Peace Out of School Child Care Society wants to build a new, bigger facility to replace its current location.

"We want our children and our staff out of (our current building)," said Lucie Janosek, the group’s vice-president.

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On Monday, the non-profit met with Fort St. John city council to ask them for a letter to support their bid for the facility, and their still-in-the-works grant application. They did not ask for money from Fort St. John city council to do so.

The Society runs Oscare Daycare, the After School Kids Club, and Tots Daycare. These programs help kids going from three years old to Grade 6.

They want to add a new infant care centre for kids under three years old.

The reason for this, Janosek said, is because of the city’s expected growth and the new, young families it could bring.

“There’s only one licensed infant care center in town,” said Clayson.

Their current facility is 5,000 square feet, and they want to build a facility that is 7,500 square feet.

"Ideally we're looking at staying close to Central, but if that's not possible we would look at alternatives, transportation logistics from there," she said.

Last year, it was reported that the Society wanted to get out of its location at the Marquis Centre on 104th Avenue and 99th Street. Around that time, shots were fired in the Marquis Centre. It was reported last year that they wanted to move out by November – but as of August, they were still at that location.

At the meeting, Janosek said it has been difficult to find an existing place within Fort St. John.

They said they had discussed the use of portable buildings with School District 60 on district-owned property near Central School, but Janosek said that a planned Central reconstruction meant they could not commit to that space.

The Society is looking to obtain a provincial grant for up to $500,000. They have received support for this from the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce, SD 60, and "a handful of parents."

If they can't buy a new place, they would consider spending the money on retrofitting an older location.                        

reporter@ahnfsj.ca

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