Staff and kids at the Centre for Child Development sing Christmas carols during circle time Friday. The Centre for Child Development opened a new communication therapy wing with money from the province's Child Care Major Capital Program and Variety - The Children's Charity.

Centre for Child Development opens more spaces

Surrey children with special needs to benefit from new Communication Therapy wing.

The Centre for Child Development has opened 37 child care spaces and a new Communication Therapy wing for kids with special needs.

The Communication Therapy wing whill help children learn to “find their words” with the help of iPads, pictures and sign language.

The building – at 9640 140 St. – is expected to become the future expanded home for Sophie’s Place, where services for physically, mentally or sexually abused children are provided.

The new facility and renovation was made possible with contributions from B.C.’s Child Care Major Capital Program ($500,000) and Variety – The Children’s Charity ($272,000).

Fast facts:

• The Centre for Child Development now has 37 additional child care spaces: 12 for infants and toddlers aged newborn to three and 25 for children aged three to five.

• The Centre for Child Development currently serves 2,700 children with special needs throughout the South Fraser region.

• Staff conduct 30,000 therapy sessions a year.

• 26,000 South Fraser children and youth have some form of developmental disability. That number is projected to grow to 32,000 over the next decade.

• Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre has seen close to 500 abused children and youth since 2012.

 

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