More preschool places added to the French language school

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A new preschool room, creating 24 daycare spaces at a French-language school in Brantford, was announced Friday by MPP Will Bouma.

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The provincial investment of $500,000 is intended for Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys Catholic Elementary School on Clench Avenue. The school currently serves students from kindergarten to grade 8 and has approximately 185 students as well as 31 other child care spaces at Ballon Rouge.

“I am happy to be part of a government that sees a thriving, quality publicly funded French Catholic education system in Ontario,” Bouma said in a statement.

“These new daycare spaces funded by our government will allow working families in Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys to have a more balanced work-school-family life.

The project is part of an increase in affordable and accessible child care through the Early Years Capital program. Ontario is investing more than $600 million in 78 schools and child care projects, including $95 million to create more than 3,000 new child care spaces through the renovation and addition of 55 daycares.

Overall, the investments will provide more options for families with children, adding 40 infant rooms, 59 toddler rooms, 71 preschool rooms and seven family age group rooms. Part of the goal is to help families with children re-enter the labor market.

Geneviève Grenier, president of the board of directors of the Mon Avenir Catholic School Board, thanked the Ministry of Education for the funding that will allow the expansion of Le Ballon Rouge daycare in Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

“The announcement of this funding for the addition of 24 preschool spaces is excellent news for Francophone families in the Brantford region,” said Mr. Grenier.

“We are pleased that the Government of Ontario has recognized the growing needs of the Francophone population and we look forward to starting the construction project.

Ontario has introduced supports for parents of young children through an enhanced Child Care Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) Tax Credit for 2021.

But the province is the latest to sign on to Canada’s $30 billion national child care plan, which would provide child care for $10 a day.

Earlier this week, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said a deal was “within reach”.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb