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Child care programs filling up fast upon full strike notice

June 12, 2014 - 3:33 PM

VERNON - At least one Vernon child care organization is filling up fast following the announcement of a full teacher strike.

The North Okanagan Child Care Society is expanding its programs next week to give parents a safe place to put their children while school is out.

Executive director Hollie Henderson says full day camps, typically provided on professional development days, are being offered next week.

But if you’re thinking of enrolling your child, you better do it soon.

“They went fast and are just about full,” Henderson says. “Obviously there’s a need in the community.”

For children already enrolled with the society, the day camps are $15 a day but for new members it’s $40.

“There’s relief that care is available but parents are not impressed with the added costs,” Henderson says. “It’s going to add up very quickly, especially if there’s more than one child.”

Those interested in registering their children can call 250-558-9963 extension 202.

Greater Vernon Recreation Services is also providing families with options in the event of a full-scale teacher strike. Summer camp samplers will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, from June 16 to 27. The sampler of camps includes O’Keefe Ranch Pioneer Camp, Xplore SportZ for sport lovers who want to experience new and exciting sports, and Lego Engineers. Day-to-day or weekly options are available for all camps. Click here for a full listing of camps and more details. 

You can also get in touch with the Vernon Child Care Resource and Referral Program for a list of services.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724

—This story was edited at 11:30 a.m. June 13 to add information from Vernon Parks and Recreation. 

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