The Board will be writing a letter of support for the City of Salmon Arm to secure funding from a provincial grant program to identify the need for child care spaces and plan for the future.
In November the government announced a Community Child Care Space Creation program, which is targeted to communities interested in creating new child care spaces over the next 10 years.
The grant is designed to help communities create an inventory, needs assessment and action plan that outlines short, medium and long-term space creation goals. Local governments receiving the grant will work with child care stakeholders in their communities to understand their specific needs, identify areas where child care is needed, the number of spaces and the types of child care required. Plans are to also identify whether current spaces are meeting the unique needs of under-served populations. Applications must be submitted by January 18.
At the meeting Interim Secretary-Treasurer Bruce Hunt filled in some background for trustees, reporting there is also capital funding available for day cares (either new construction or modulars) to local government through the Childcare BC new spaces fund for up to $500,000.
He noted school districts have supported this type of initiative in the past. He comments typically a non-profit society arranges and deals with all operating matters while the school district applies for the capital grant and leases it to the non-profit for $1.
At the regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the DESC, the Board of Education passed a motion to write a letter to the City of Salmon Arm in support of its application of a Community Child Care Planning Grant. They also advised the City of Salmon Arm that, if requested, SD83 would be pleased to participate in the assessment process for site locations.