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New, FREE Child Care Spaces Being Offered To Indigenous Families In BC

Indigenous Families In BC

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On Monday, it was announced that more than 600 new, free licensed child care spaces will soon be available to Indigenous families in BC.

These new child care spaces will help families in over 30 communities throughout the province, while Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) programs are also being expanded.

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Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development, made the announcement at an “honouring the land ceremony” hosted by the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society in Grand Forks.

“Aboriginal Head Starts offer immediate support to families who want culturally based early learning and care programs for their children,” said Conroy.

AHS programs in BC provide early learning, child care and parenting programs that are completely free to families. These programs are being expanded to include “more culturally relevant early learning”.

Funding for these expanded programs are coming via the $30-million investment the Province announced with the federal government in 2018.

Partnerships with the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC (AHSABC) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will help expand services available to Indigenous families in BC.

To learn more about the Aboriginal Head Start Association of B.C., click here.

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