A groundbreaking took place this morning for a new $8.6 million childcare facility to be built on the land at Eileen Madson Elementary School in Invermere.
The facility is expected to include 24 infant toddler spaces, 100 preschool spaces and 24 after-school care spaces.
School District 6 and the Windermere Valley Child Care Society applied to the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.
The money came from the provincial and federal governments as well as $300,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust.
“Breaking ground on yet another child care centre in the region further supports our commitment to creating child care spaces where they are needed most, including approximately 300 new child care spaces to improve access for families in Invermere and Kimberley,” said Grace Lore, Minister of State for Child Care in a release.
“We know child care is life-changing for families, which is why we are partnering with the Rocky Mountain School District and others in the child care sector to build affordable, accessible, quality, inclusive child care as a core service that all families can rely on.”
A childcare facility was also announced for Marysville back in February.