Xwisten to receive provincial child care grant

Xwsten band is one of 11 organizations slated for provincial funding to create more child care spaces, the provincial government announced last week.

The Ministry of Child Care is distributing "one-time payments" to the organizations for major capital projects, as part of a funding program aimed at providing more child care spaces.

The funds for Xwsten total $157,875, and are targeted for "site development, professional fees, equipment purchases and construction of a new multi-purpose building on band-owned land for a First Nation's headstart program."

The resulting construction will create 20 new spaces for children from 30 months to school age.

Ministry spokesperson Kate Thompson noted that the major capital project funds have a semi-annual application deadline.

"The major capital funding is for new spaces," she said. "Building timeframes would be set in the application."

In total, the ministry is handing out $1.1 million for major capital projects under the Child Care Capital Funding Program.

Bridge River Lillooet News AUG 17th 2005.

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