CDC Daycare to Close
Prince George, B.C. – 250News has learned the Child Development Centre in Prince George will be shutting down its daycare service at the end of this year.
Sources tell 250News parents were given notification today and that the closure of the service is a result of reduced funding.
CDC Board of Directors Vice President Gary Russell says the CDC has been struggling with this decision for a while “We have made a decision, the Board of Directors, to discontinue the daycare services” it’s a decision that will impact about 20 children. A further 20 will be entering kindergarten this fall.
Russell is confident those not entering kindergarten will be able to find worthwhile spots “There’s a ton of really good programs in Prince George, the vast majority of these families will be able to find alternative care.”
He says the decision is “Strictly financial” and that the decision to close the service was not done lightly “But the shift will allow us to enhance our support services for children with special needs. Really, the key here is our daycare program has been losing funds for many years. We believe the funds we have been using to support our daycare program could be better used to support other programs, so things like therapy, supported child care and development, they also have increasing demand over the years, so we really feel that’s the best place to spend our money.”