Work is underway to build the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre that will bring over 100 child care spaces to Penticton. (OneSky rendering)

Work is underway to build the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre that will bring over 100 child care spaces to Penticton. (OneSky rendering)

Penticton looks for residents interested in working to create new child care spaces

Penticton needs at least 722 new child care spaces over the next 10 years

Applications are now open for members of the community to join the Penticton Child Care Action Plan Mobilization Group.

The Penticton Child Care Action Plan identified that the city needs at least 722 new child care spaces over the next 10 years.

The new group will steward the continued implementation of the plan that was approved by council earlier this year.

“Our hope is to bring together a variety of perspectives to action the recommendations in the plan, including staff and professionals who work in the child care system, families with children in child care, and other organizations that support child care. Anyone interested in child care can apply to be a member,” said the city’s social development specialist Adam Goodwin.

The city hopes to recruit seven volunteers to participate in the group. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 29.

The Edmonton Avenue Childcare Centre is starting to take shape and once complete in 2022, will provide 116 new childcare spaces for Penticton, 16 per cent of the minimum of 722 that the city needs, according to their Childcare Action Plan.

The construction of the facility will be funded through the province and Union of BC Municipalities in partnership with OneSky Community Resources, which will operate the facility.

Interested public who want to be part of the child care group can visit www.penticton.ca/childcare for the application details. Questions can be directed to socialdevelopment@penticton.ca or calling 250-490-2512.

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