Province providing $1.6 million for new child care spaces in Sunderland

The provincial government is investing $1.6 million to create 49 new child care spaces at Sunderland Public School.

The project, announced Tuesday (Dec. 20) by area MPP Laurie Scott, will provide one infant room, one toddler room and one preschool room through the province’s Early Years Capital Program.

“Our government is investing in the next generation of Brock Township and delivering real support to hard-working families with a $1.6 million investment that will create 49 new child care spaces,” said MPP Scott, the representative for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

“We know the pandemic has left families in need of additional supports and that’s why our government introduced the Ontario Child Care Tax Credit and provided over $1.7 billion in direct support to families during the pandemic.”

“Access to childcare is vital to support our students and their families. I want to thank the Province of Ontario and welcome this timely investment to increase childcare capacity at Sunderland Public School. We look forward to starting construction on this project.” added Carolyn Morton, chair of the Durham District School Board and the trustee for Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.

The expansion at Sunderland Public School is part of a province-wide investment of more than $600 million to support school and child care spaces.

“The overall investment will support 78 school and child care related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $95 million to create more than 3,000 new child care spaces through renovations and additions at 55 child care centres across Ontario,” notes a media release from the government.

Across Ontario, the province is supporting the creation of 40 infant rooms (400 new spaces), 59 toddler rooms (885 new spaces), 71 preschool rooms (1,704 new spaces), and seven family age group rooms (105 new spaces).

“After years of neglect under the previous government, we are stepping up to support families by investing in affordable and accessible child care that meets their needs,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

“These investments are key to our economic recovery and further evidence of how our government continues to lead the way when it comes to investing in child care.”

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