Non-profit reopening CNC daycare

A new non-profit is taking charge of the daycare previously run, then cut, by the College of New Caledonia.

The Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre Society is hosting an open house tonight to show the public the space. Visitors can expect a tour of the facility, information about the daycare program, refreshments and activities for children.

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Early Childhood Care and Learning Instructor Christine Jackson thanked the various organizations, including the college executive, CUPE Local 4951 and the student union.

"It is important to have a sustainable campus childcare option for students, the community, and the Early Childhood Care and Learning Program," Jackson said in a press release.

The College of New Caledonia cut the daycare from its budget in April. The daycare was on the chopping block a year before, but the board agreed to save it after staff presented money-making options.

Some of those programs, like the a proposed summer camp, never happened. The daycare was among the $2.8 million in savings CNC had to find in order to balance its budget. The college had said all along it was open to working with other organizations to keep the daycare open.

The open house is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information call 250-561-5834.

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