Province drops money for childcare services

Rudy Norman
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Study coming for Springdale and more spaces in Baie Verte

Childcare services are seeing major investments on the Baie Verte Peninsula, as well as Springdale and Green Bay South.
Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services, Paul Davis, was in Springdale on Tuesday to announce over $140,000 for  programs in both regions.

Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services, Paul Davis, shares the podium with Maxwell Warford at Training Wheels Family Resource Centre. MHA Kevin Pollard looks on at someone Davis suggests could be a future MHA for the region, given his early interest.

The money is coming from the Child Care Capacity Initiative, which is designed to provide funding to increase the number of regulated childcare spaces across the province.

The announcement at Training Wheels Family Resource Centre was jam-packed with children and parents, and happened to be in the middle of a tea party when Minister Davis arrived.

Children continued to play during the speech, while others were welcoming of their guests, Davis and MHA Kevin Pollard.

At one point, young Maxwell Warford was found at Davis’ feet. When the Minister looked down, the young boy motioned his desire to be picked up. The Minister was more than happy to oblige and allowed the possibly budding young politician to hold his speaking notes as he highlighted details of money being spent in the region.

“These are my favourite events, and favourite places to make announcements,” said Davis to the crowd. “Because of stuff like this.”

Getting back to business, Davis highlighted the breakdown of funding in the region between Springdale, Green Bay South, and Baie Verte.

Training Wheels Family Resource Program will receive $13,375 to further explore child care opportunities with the aim of creating new regulated child care spaces in the area of Green Bay South, and additional spaces in the community of Springdale.

“They want to study the viability of expanding the programs in this region,” said Davis. “I think the evidence is seen here today that there’s great opportunities waiting to be explored.”

On the Baie Verte Peninsula, over $148,000 will be spent to expand the existing regulated childcare centre in Baie Verte.

Way to Grow Family Resource Centre will see an increase of 24 spaces for school-aged children.

“It’s great, because it gives more people opportunity for child care, whether they want to re-enter the workforce, or what-not, this gives them the opportunity to do that,” said Davis.

Geographic location: Baie Verte, Springdale, Green Bay South

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