Child care centre opens in Comox

Child care centre opens in Comox
Representatives including Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care; Ronna Rae Leonard, MLA for Comox-Courtenay; and Russ Arnott, Comox mayor; officially open the Aspen Grove Children’s Centre at a ribbon cutting event on Friday, July 22. (Town of Comox photo)

There’s a new child care centre in Comox.

On Friday, government officials and representatives from the Comox Valley Children’s Day Care Society officially opened the Aspen Grove Children’s Centre.

Located at 695 Aspen Rd., the new fully licenced facility will provide 28 child care spaces — 12 spaces for children up to 36 months of age and 16 spaces for those 30 months to school age.

“Having safe, accessible, and reliable childcare spaces makes Comox a better place to live for parents and families. The new Aspen Grove Children’s Centre is a beautiful addition to the community, and I know families and kids are looking forward to having more spaces to play,” Ronna Rae Leonard, MLA for Comox-Courtenay, said in a press release.

Russ Arnott, Mayor of Comox, said the facility will benefit working families in the community.

“The town’s recent residential developments have attracted newcomers to this neighbourhood. This makes this child care location ideal for drop-off and pick-up of siblings at the nearby Aspen Park Elementary School, with the added convenience of local shopping establishments close by for after work errands,” he said.

In 2020, the Town of Comox received a provincial grant that helped them purchase the commercial unit space needed for the childcare centre.

“This centre is one of the ways we are delivering on our commitments to fund more child care spaces throughout B.C. and to create a future where child care is a core service that families can rely on,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, who was on hand for the grand opening event.

The Town of Comox has signed a long-term agreement with CVCDCS to operate and maintain the facility, which includes 180 square metres of indoor space and 200 square metres of outdoor space.

“We are extremely excited to be entering into this unique partnership with the Town of Comox, and to being a part of a vibrant neighbourhood,” Charlene Gray, senior manager of CVCDCS, said in a press release, adding. “We know that when families thrive, communities thrive. It is our privilege to provide loving care and support to so many new families.”

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