WINNIPEG — The provincial and federal governments came bearing millions in cash Friday to announce the creation of 1,400 new and newly-funded early learning and child care spaces in Manitoba.
Both the province and Ottawa will invest nearly a combined $47 million over three years on the initiative.
Each province and territory is working with the federal government on similar three-year plans targeted towards increasing child care space.
In Manitoba, the agreement will be aimed at increased quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility and inclusivity in early learning and child care, with consideration of families most in need of child care services.
“These significant investments in early learning and child care foster children’s social, cognitive and emotional development, and give them a real chance to succeed in life,” said Manitoba, Families Minister Scott Fielding.
The funding will also provide professional development training to up to 100 facilitators, providers and facilities, and certify up to 20 new rural and/or northern early childhood educators.
Funding allocation to specific centres around Manitoba will be determined in the weeks ahead.