By Tyler Sutherland
WINNIPEG — Fourteen new or expanded child-care centres will receive funding from the Manitoba government to add 5,000 newly funded licensed spaces.
Premier Greg Selinger says the additions are part of the province’s five-year plan to create a universally accessible child-care system.
“Families need the option of high-quality, affordable child care so parents can choose to work, attend classes or upgrade their skills as they prepare for their next job,” Selinger said.
Thursday’s announcement was made at Little Saints Learning Centre, which will open a second location that will offer up to 16 new infant and 32 new preschool spaces.
“We are extremely happy to see our expansion plans finally becoming reality, which became possible with the generous support from the Manitoba government,” said Candice Savage, director of Little Saints Learning Centre.
The province will spend $162.9 million in early learning and child care in 2015-16.