A number of local childcare centers in the community will be able to purchase equipment thanks to funding from Prince Rupert’s Make Children First group and the Prince Rupert Early Years Committee.
Childcare centers could apply for up to $500 for whatever type of equipment they were in need of.
Natalie Grant, owner of Graham Avenue Child Care, received $500 for the purchase of new wooden block toys for the children to pay with.
Barb Pottle, owner of the Pottle Patch, also requested and was given $500 towards the new purchase of a stroller for the kids in her childcare center.
Three local childcare centers received varying amounts for outdoor playground equipment, with Robyn Youngman, owner of Eagle Nest Childcare, receiving $500, Tatzia King, owner of Kidd’n About Child Daycare, being given a cheque for $499 and Andrea Dantas, owner of Happy Trails Daycare, receiving $388.15.
This is the first year Make Children First and the Early Years Committee provided funding, with plans to continue giving away funds bi-annual. Both groups are government funded.