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Burnaby, New Westminster families to benefit from new child care spaces |BC Gov News

Burnaby, New Westminster families to benefit from new child care spaces |BC Gov News

May 21, 2021 at 11:22 am  BC, News, Politics

This backgrounder contains additional information on the nine projects that will create 357 new licensed child care spaces in Burnaby and New Westminster, 152 of which are expected to open by the fall. 

Brentwood Park Childcare (Burnaby) 

School District No. 41 (Burnaby) is building a new child care centre at Brentwood Park Elementary school that will create 24 new, licensed school-age child care spaces. The district has a dedicated a staff member to help support seamless transitions from school to care. The new centre is expected to open in early 2023. 

Metro Vancouver Housing child care project #1 (Burnaby) 

The child care centre will be part of a new, family-oriented 122-unit affordable rental housing complex. The centre will create 37 new licensed child care spaces, including 12 infant and toddler spaces and 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. The facility will have sensory rooms, quiet areas and healing areas for children.

Metro Vancouver Housing child care project #2 (Burnaby) 

The in-home child care centre will be part of a new, family-oriented 172-unit affordable rental housing complex. The centre will create eight new licensed multi-age child care spaces, supporting the need for early childhood educators to find affordable housing close to work and more child care spaces in the community.

Kitchener Elementary Childcare (Burnaby) 

School District No. 41 – Burnaby (SD 41) is building a new child care centre at Kitchener Elementary school. The centre, set to open by December 2022, will create 34 new licensed child care spaces, including 10 preschool spaces and 24 school-age spaces. The district offers the Nobody’s Perfect program for parents with children under age six who have not had a chance to explore parenting ideas in a group setting. The program is available in English, Korean, Arabic, Farsi and Mandarin.

Parkcrest Elementary Childcare (Burnaby) 

School District No. 41 (Burnaby) is building a new modular child care centre at Parkcrest Elementary school. The new centre, expected to open in December 2022, will add 34 new licensed child care spaces at the school, including 10 preschool spaces and 24 school-age spaces. Parkcrest Child Care Society currently operates 44 additional child care spaces at the school. Child care staff have support needs certifications and cross-cultural professional development training. 

Stoney Creek Elementary Childcare (Burnaby)

School District No. 41 (Burnaby) is building a new modular child care centre on the grounds of Stoney Creek Elementary school. The centre is expected to open in December 2022 and will create 34 new licensed child care spaces, including 10 preschool spaces and 24 school-age spaces. The YMCA of Greater Vancouver currently operates Stoney Creek YMCA Kids Club at the school, which offers 25 school-age spaces. 

Twelfth Avenue Elementary Childcare (Burnaby)

School District No. 41 (Burnaby) is building a new modular child care centre at Twelfth Avenue Elementary school. The new centre, expected to open in December 2022, will add 34 new licensed child care spaces at the school, including 10 preschool spaces and 24 school-age spaces. The Neighbourhood House Society currently operates Twelfth Avenue Neighbourhood Care at the school, providing 24 school-age spaces. 

Wonderworld Montessori Academy-Metrotown (Burnaby) 

A new child care centre on the third floor of Metrotown’s Sun Tower is expected to open in summer 2021. The centre will create 135 new licensed child care spaces, including 60 infant and toddler spaces and 75 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. The centre will host parent education nights on topics such as the Vancouver Coastal Health Immunization child plan, laws and regulations on child abuse and neglect, community resources and family doctor referral. The centre will have a pen pal program where children will write cards and create crafts for local seniors. 

Dragons Grove (New Westminster)

School District No. 40 (New Westminster) is renovating a StrongStart BC classroom inside Connaught Heights Elementary school to add 17 new licensed child care spaces for school-age children. The spaces will be operated by the New Westminster Children’s After School Society and will be available for the new school year.

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