Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi was at Brighton Public School Friday to announce 25 new child care spaces for Brighton’s Public School and Trenton’s École élémentaire catholique L’Envol with a split of 10 spaces for the former and 15 spaces for the latter.

The schools received over a half-million each.

This announcement is part of an on-going government commitment to help over 100,000 children up to the age of four get access to child care. To support this there is an investment of 1.6 billion in the works for capital projects across the province and an increase in operating funding and subsidies scheduled.

The government’s goal is 45,000 new child care spaces.

Lou’s comments in a press release about this new initiative are,  “These new child care spaces continue our government’s key strategic commitment to provide the best in early childhood education. Study after study has proven how important early education is, as well as access to child care spaces. These 25 spaces mark an excellent opportunity for families to count on reliable licenced daycare spaces here in Brighton and Trenton.”

Child and family centre programs in our schools support positive transitions for students and families, by providing learning and partnership opportunities for young children and families, and through the development of strong, positive experiences with schools, teachers and other staff,” said Diane Lloyd, Chairperson of the Board, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Newly appointed Northumberland County Warden Mark Lovshin was on hand and added, “Expanding licensed childcare space at this school-based facility will deliver greater access to quality early years services for local families. This expansion will help to address a pressing need for licensed infant childcare in our community, and advance our shared purpose to build strong and supported children, families and communities.”