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CNC Daycare Receives New Lease on Life

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 3:55 AM

Prince George, B.C. – After years of uncertainty, some good news for the College of New Caledonia’s childcare society.

CNC and the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre Society have signed a new multi-year lease agreement.

“We have approved a five year lease and we are delighted that our campus will continue to have accessible child care services available for CNC students, employees and the general public,” said CNC president Henry Reiser.

Asked if the agreement would ensure the long-term sustainability of the service, Reiser released the following statement:

“Over the last few years, the college has been looking for alternative ways to maintain childcare services as they did not fall under our core mandate of providing education and training. In order to provide some stability to this service, the college assisted with its transition to an external society that would be better positioned to provide these services. This five year lease agreement is a very big step in ensuring the stability of high-quality child care services for the benefit of our students, faculty and the broader community.

The child care centre provides year-round, full-time care for children between the ages of 30 months and five years.

In April, 2014, the centre survived the chopping block as a cost cutting measure and given one more year to find a way to become financially sustainable.


“childcare services as they did not fall under our core mandate of providing education and training”

Neither does running a gymnasium, cafeteria, etc. All are services to students and staff, including child care which is provided on site by many large, enlightened corporations. The population of the college is large enough to be considered similar to a large employer who provides all three of those services.

This is good news indeed. To gopg2015, while I agree with your sentiment, the gym and the cafeteria are in fact used as labs for the kinesiology and culinary arts programs. The CNC daycare is used as a lab for one of the ECE classes, and that is important (although critics say that it could be done elsewhere for less cost). But the vast majority of kids in the day care are not children of students, and haven’t been for years.

Seems they have a solution and presumably the College will make a few dollars from the lease agreement, and we have a win, win.

Case closed.

I was attending CNC two years ago, and heard that employees of CNC get first choice admissions to daycare over non employees . Is this true? Because your not employed by the College but attend the college you still can’t use the Daycare due to limited spots in the program? Why not first come basis like everybody else?

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