More than 400 new child care spots coming to Southern Interior communities

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - More funding announcements have been made this week, this time for new child care spaces throughout the province.

Among the 30 communities set to receive more than 1,800 new licensed spaces are Enderby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt, Naramata and Penticton.

Enderby is expected to receive funding to create a total off 33 new spaces, mostly preschool age, at M.V. Beattie Elementary while Kamloops is set to receive funding for 32 infant and toddler spaces at Little Fawn Nursery. A total of 28 spaces will be created at Family Place in Merritt.

In Kelowna a total of 205 spaces will be created at the YMCA of Okanagan, Building Blocks Educational Childcare Ltd. and The Clubhouse Child Care Centre.

Naramata will receive funding for 20 news spaces at Naramata Child Development Centre and Penticton will get 101 new spaces for spaces at Queens Park Elementary and Okanagan College.

The province also announced the launch of a new child care map this week, which parents can use to search for options in their community. 

Yesterday, May 31, the province announced 'funding' for school districts in the form of not having to make the administrative cuts it was requested to do earlier this year. The announcement is for this coming school year only, with school districts expected to follow through on the cuts the following year. 

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