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Richmond officially welcomes early child care centre

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:12 PST, Thu February 11, 2021

Richmond officially welcomed a new early child care facility with a virtual opening ceremony on Tuesday.

The city-owned River Run Early Care and Learning Centre, which commenced operations in September 2020, provides up to 77 spaces of licensed child care for infants, toddlers and children up to 12-years-old. 

“The city is pleased to open a new child care facility to serve the families who live and work in Richmond. This facility will provide quality child care in the Bridgeport neighbourhood,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The city is committed to being an active partner with senior governments, parents, the private sector and non-profit agencies to develop and maintain a comprehensive childcare system in Richmond.”

The 10th city-owned, purpose-built child care facility, located at 10277 River Drive, is operated by the Atira Women’s Resource Society and has about 600 square metres (6,500 square feet) of indoor space and 460 square metres (5,000 square feet) of outdoor space.

Under the city’s community amenity contribution policies, Western-Citimark contributed this childcare facility in the Northview Estates development. The city took ownership of the facility last June. As operators, Atira Women’s Resources Society received a Childcare BC New Spaces Grant from the province to assist with the cost of furniture and equipment for the facility.

An additional future childcare facility and two early childhood development hubs have been secured through rezoning processes. Combined, these new facilities are expected to add some 200 licensed childcare spaces in the next two years.

The 2017-2022 Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy sets out city council’s vision for the next five years. Council will continue to support and partner with senior levels of government, the non-profit sector and private businesses to encourage the development of a comprehensive child care system, providing spaces in Richmond’s neighbourhoods.

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