Premier Ball Announces Funding for Child Care Initiative in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Premier Dwight Ball announced $440,000 in funding for the Early Childhood Development Association in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Premier Ball was joined at the announcement by Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville.

The Early Childhood Development Association has now been approved for over $880,000 as part of the Child Care Capacity Initiative through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This includes funding of $441,062 for a 58-space child care centre for toddler and preschool children and the $440,000 announced today to support the construction of the new Pumpkin House child care centre with a total capacity of 88 affordable spaces for both child care and afterschool programs in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The new child care centre, scheduled to open spring 2019, will mean greater capacity and be fully accessible. Upon project completion, the Early Childhood Development Association’s total potential licensed child care program capacity will be 118 spaces, making them one of the largest licensed program providers in Newfoundland and Labrador.