The Centre de la petite enfance Kaleidoscope Child Care Centre (CPE Kaleidoscope CCC) has been around for decades under a few different names. The centre started in 1979, as Kaleidoscope Daycare in Huntingdon, with 36 spots for children. As time went on, the organization expanded, relocating to a larger building in Hinchinbrooke, and eventually taking on the mandate to coordinate all home-based childcare in the Haut-Saint-Laurent.
On April 26, the CPE Kaleidoscope CCC announced in a press conference that it has opened a new childcare centre in Saint-Chrysostome. The opening of the new construction, located on Saint-Thomas street, has been eagerly anticipated by families of that community. Named CPE La vallée colorée, the centre has space for 80 children, including 20 infants. With this new addition to its network, the CPE Kaleidoscope now offers 483 places for children in the region.
The director-general of this CPE, Manon Crête, acknowledges that there are many people, partners and collaborators that have been essential to making this happen. The construction would not have been possible without the support of the Ministry of Families; government investment in the project totals $1,765,303. The CPE itself also helped finance the project, contributing $273,854.
Mathieu Lacombe, Minister of Families, has the following to say about this grand opening: “The inauguration of an early childhood center is excellent news for parents in the region, but also for all of Quebec. Every child deserves the opportunity to develop to their full potential and achieve their dreams, and this is what CPEs offer with their healthy environment and outstanding staff.”
Huntingdon MNA Claire Isabelle, who was actively involved in ensuring the project’s success, says, “The opening of the Kaleidoscope childcare centre is great news for parents of Saint-Chrysostome and the region, and particularly for young families.” She notes that families in this area have been waiting long and patiently for the opening of the centre, and suggests the inauguration comes as welcome news for the economic development of the region as well.
Crête acknowledges the Municipality of Saint-Chrysostome for its contributions of land development services and connections to municipal facilities, as well as for an annual financial commitment to the centre for the next five years. This money, which will be used to buy supplies for the children, is a tangible example of the municipality’s commitment to families in the region. As well, the municipality will be setting up a park nearby, specifically so the children attending CPE La vallée colorée can enjoy more outdoor play.
Crête extends gratitude to all CPE staff and administrators for their hard work in seeing the new project through to completion. Their dedication to the project, since 2012 and beyond, has ensured that quality childhood educational services are now available in Saint-Chrysostome for 80 of the region’s young children.