The Quebec government has allocated at least 296 new subsidized early learning and childcare spaces which will be available in the Huntingdon riding by 2025.
The allocation follows an announcement made on March 18 by Families Minister Mathieu Lacombe of the creation of 2,093 new spaces across the province, and of a government commitment to increase the number of children in the childcare centre (CPE) network across the province as quickly as possible.
A total of eight existing or new early childcare centres or daycares will benefit from an increase in the number of spaces available across the Huntingdon riding, including centres in Hemmingford, Saint-Michel, Saint-Édouard, Lacolle, Sainte-Barbe, Huntingdon, Franklin, and Sainte-Martine.
Within the Valley, the CPE Les Jeunes Pousses des Jardins du Québec in Hemmingford now has eight new spaces available, while the CPE Abracadabra (Les Petites Pommes) in Franklin can offer an additional 27 spaces. The Centre de la petite enfance Cadet Rousselle will be opening a new installation in Sainte-Barbe, with 44 new spaces that should be available to parents by the end of 2023. Finally, the Garderie préscolaire Des Petits Pieds is a new daycare centre expected to open in Huntingdon by early 2024 with 80 new spaces.
“Over the last few months, several parents in the Huntingdon riding have talked to me about their difficulty in finding a space, and I know this is being experienced by other parents in Quebec,” said Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle in a press release. “This announcement shows that by making the right decisions and ensuring necessary investments, we will finally succeed in making sure every child can develop with quality early learning and childcare services,” she added.
The mayor of Hemmingford Village, Drew Sommerville, also received the news positively, suggesting the creation of new spaces is good news for young families in the community as it will “help parents return to the workforce with an affordable childcare solution.” (SR)