Five Schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board Impacted
There were smiles all around at Upper Thames Elementary School in Mitchell on February 21st as Director Lisa Walsh, Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson and Social Services Manager for Huron County Michele Gaynor announced new capital program funding for Early Years projects.
The Ministry of Education is providing more than six million dollars to expand Day Care and Child Care services in Perth and Huron Counties. “We believe that licensed, high quality, inclusive and affordable Early Years daycare programs in our schools will contribute to the overall learning, development, and well-being of children as they grow through our system,” said Walsh.
Mayor Mathieson broke down the numbers for the spaces in Perth County saying this increase will significantly address the waitlist that many of the child care operators have and also address the high need for infant licensed care.
Mathieson added, “these partnerships in funding at the provincial and federal levels are what actually make them successful. If you look at what we’ve done not only in Perth but also in Huron County I think it speaks to the partnership and the understanding that working together makes good government.
- Anne Hathaway Day Care located in Anne Hathaway Public School in Stratford – 10 infant, 15 toddler and 24 preschool spaces for a total of 49 child care spaces;
- YMCA Early Learning Centre located in Northwestern Secondary School in Stratford – 10 infant, 15 toddler and 24 preschool spaces for a total of 49 child care spaces;
- Perth Care For Kids Day Care located in Upper Thames Elementary School in Mitchell – 10 infant, 15 toddler and 48 preschool spaces for a total of 73 child care spaces.
- Sprucedale Public School in Shakespeare – a family setting program for 15 children. The Operator for this program has yet to be determined.
- Exeter Elementary School in Huron County – 15 child care spaces
Michele Gaynor spoke on behalf of Huron County, “I would like to sincerely thank both the Ministry of Education and the Avon Maitland District School Board; the Ministry of Education of course for providing the much-needed capital and the school board for being an exemplary partner in the child care world and providing the space.”
Trustee Lynette Geddes and Chair of the Board Randy Wagler were also in attendance for the announcement.
The new child care spaces must be open in the 2019-2020 school year.
**Featured in the photo: Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson, Off-Site Coordinator for Perth Care for Kids Before/After School and nursery school programs Rose Trachsel, Director of Education Lisa Walsh, Child Care Coordinator Perth Care for Kids Pam Shewan and Social Services Manager Huron County, Michele Gaynor (and three little children happy to share in the good news)