Education and Early Childhood Development
September 18, 2017

Minister Kirby Announces Funding for Child Care Initiative in Channel-Port aux Basques

The Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, today announced funding for the Growing Our Future Child Care Cooperative (GOFCC) project in Channel-Port aux Basques. Minister Kirby was joined at the announcement by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and MHA for Burgeo - La Poile.

GOFCC has been approved for funding of $305,235 through the Child Care Capacity Initiative through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. With this funding, GOFCC will develop a new 38-space child care centre for infant, toddler and pre-school children in Channel-Port aux Basques. The new centre will be fully accessible.

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“We are pleased to again deliver on our mandate for increasing access to affordable, quality early education and child care for families in Newfoundland and Labrador. The support for this initiative will allow us to provide a needed increase in affordable child care services for families in the Channel-Port aux Basques area.”
Honourable Dale Kirby
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

“I am pleased to be part of this child care announcement today. The contributions by the Provincial Government and our community and corporate partners will help children and families in the south west coast region have access to affordable, high-quality child care services.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and MHA for Burgeo – La Poile

“The Growing Our Futures Child Care Cooperative is another great example of how the cooperative model can enhance social-economic development in communities. With the assistance of all levels of government, a partnership has been built to provide much needed child care services in the Channel-Port aux Basques area. Not only will this child care facility provide great quality early learning opportunities for our children, it will provide employment for local early childhood educators and reliable access to child care services so our area residents can fully participate in the workforce; two excellent economic boosters.”
Corey Mundon
CEO, Leading Edge Credit Union

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Christopher Pickard
Education and Early Childhood Development
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Joanne Clarke
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Andrew Parsons
MHA for Burgeo-La Poile
709-695-3585
joanneclarke@gov.nl.ca

Cory Munden
CEO, Leading Edge Credit Union
709-695-7064, 695-8038
cmunden@lecu.ca

2017 09 18                              3:05 p.m.