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Child Care Addition Moving Forward at Spruce Ridge

Child Care Addition Moving Forward at Spruce Ridge
Posted on 02/12/2021
Spruce Ridge Community SchoolAs part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province has given Bluewater District School Board approval to proceed to tender a child care centre addition to Spruce Ridge Community School.

The $1.5 million investment will add a new, quality learning environment for children at Spruce Ridge Community School.  This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to build more child care spaces for Ontario’s families.

“The funding for this child care addition to Spruce Ridge Community School is great news for our community,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.  “This investment will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for the children of Durham.”

Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.

“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce.  “Progress towards the construction of the child care centre addition at Spruce Ridge Community School further demonstrates our government’s commitment to making child care accessible and affordable for working families.”

Highlights of the child care addition include:

• 39 new licensed child care spaces
• 2 new child care rooms

“We are thrilled to receive this exciting news that the Ministry of Education has given approval to move forward with a tender for a new child care addition at Spruce Ridge Community School,” said Bluewater District School Board Chair Jane Thomson.  “The ministry’s commitment to expand upon the existing program delivered by Durham Kids & Us, by increasing the number of child care spaces in a state-of-the-art new addition, will provide more and better opportunities for our young children and future students.  We are extremely thankful to the ministry for supporting and recognizing the child care needs of our local families, and look forward to collaborating further with our child care partners as this project proceeds.”

Bluewater District School Board Chair Thomson, Area Trustee Tracy Lynn Atkinson, and Director of Education Lori Wilder joined Minister Lecce, MPP Walker, along with Grey County and Municipality of West Grey representatives, community partners, and members of the media on Thursday, February 11, 2021 for a virtual announcement in celebration of the news.  

Source: Media release, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker

Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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