The government of Saskatchewan and Canada have struck a deal to increase investments in early learning and child care.
$41 million is being invested over three years to support new child care spaces, quality enhancement of child care programs, inclusiveness and expanding early Francophone education in the province.
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said the money is now in the provincial government’s hands and they’re going to decide how they want to distribute it.
“The province will be working with the various child care providers across the province to implement the stages of this,” said Goodale. “But some of that investment is flowing right now and it will accelerate over the next two years.”
One of the issues addressed by, amongst other things, this funding is the needs of children who have disabilities or whom require greater care.
Saskatchewan’s Deputy Premier Gord Wyant says he’s quite pleased this funding is being spread to cover all areas, including this one.
“There will be a wide range of children aged 3-4 with intensive needs that we plan on working through on pilot programs as funding comes forward,” said Wyant.
“It’s (the funding) going to be dedicated to one particular group.”