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City of BrantfordLocal municipalities to celebrate grand opening of new childcare centre

City of Brantford and County of Brant will be celebrating the grand opening of Little Learners, a new childcare centre located in St. George operated by the St. George Children’s Center, on June 10, 2024.

Little Learners will provide 26 licensed child care spaces for toddlers and preschoolers in the community.

“We are thrilled to open the doors of Little Learners of St. George Children’s Center and embark on this exciting journey of shaping young minds and empowering future generations. We are deeply grateful to our partners, supporters, and the entire community for their unwavering support. Together, we will create a brighter future for our children, said Melanie Mears, Executive Director of St. George Children’s Center and Little Learners of St. George Children’s Center.

This new centre is part of the 985 new child care spaces allocated to the City of Brantford and County of Brant to open between 2022 and 2026 as part of the Building Our Community from the Kids Up,  Brantford-Brant 10 Year Child Care and Early Learning Plan , and the federal/provincial Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) initiative that aims to provide affordable and accessible child care for families.

“The additional child care spaces in our community is another step forward in ensuring that families have access to affordable child care, that allows parents to work or pursue their education with peace of mind. I want to extend my gratitude to St George Children’s Center, City staff and all those who worked diligently to make this possible. By investing in our youngest residents, we are investing in the future of our community,” added Councillor Linda Hunt, Ward 4 and Acting Mayor of the Month for the City of Brantford.

To date, 175 net new community-based spaces for children ages 0-5 years old have been added throughout the City of Brantford and County of Brant. These spaces have been achieved through the opening of the new Little Learners centre, expansions of rooms at existing child care centres, and opening new home-based licensed spaces.

“We are so pleased to have 26 new child care spaces available at Little Learners centre within the St. George Children’s Centre. Access to reliable and affordable child care provides peace of mind to parents and caregivers, while giving our youngest residents the opportunity to thrive in a nurturing learning environment. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible, including the staff at the St. George Children’s Center and the City of Brantford, which provides Social Services in the County of Brant. This collaboration highlights how working together enables us to provide the best services to our residents, said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant.

481 additional community-based spaces, as well as 329 full day school-based child care spaces at the following schools, are set to open within the next three years:

  • Banbury Heights Public Elementary School
  • Cobblestone Public Elementary School
  • The new West Brant Public Elementary School
  • Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Padre Pio Catholic Secondary School

Local families can apply to Little Learners or other licensed child care through OneList Brantford-Brant. Families can apply to as many centres as they like with one account, as well as browse for locations on a map, learn about each child care centre, and determine if they offer lower fees through CWELCC. The City continues to provide child care fee subsidy for eligible families who are working or in school. Details are available at Brantford.ca/ChildrensServices

The City of Brantford and County of Brant are grateful for the contributions made by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada in support of these new child care spaces.

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