Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society has received $500,000 from the provincial government to create 75 child care spaces in their new state-of-the-art long term care home PICS Diversity Village that will be built in Cloverdale soon.
As part of Child-Care Month in British Columbia, the government is investing $1.22 million under the B.C. Early Years Strategy to create 280 new licensed child-care spaces at six facilities for families in Surrey.
“I am extremely pleased to note that this grant will give the much needed boost to the social-infrastructure needs of families in Surrey’s fastest growing communities in the province,” said PICS CEO Charan Gill. “We have been advocating for affordable childcare spaces for a long time and we are very happy that the government is listening,” he said.
“There are more than 300 babies born in Surrey every month. That coupled with approximately 800 people moving into our community every 30 days makes Surrey the fastest growing city in B.C.”, said Surrey Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “Access to quality licensed child care is fundamental to what helps make Surrey a desired community to call home for many.”
PICS has already acquired two acres of land for PICS Diversity Village, a 140-bed culturally appropriate complex care home for seniors in Cloverdale.