The Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district is studying a proposal from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island to develop more child care spaces in its schools.
Ian Kalina, executive director of the organization, made a presentation to the school board this week about the possibility that the district could work with the club to build dedicated space for before and after school care programs for kids.
He said the organization, which is the largest licensed child-care provider on the Island, would like to see its relationship with the district evolve from a renter of child-care space to the "preferred" partner in the planning and development of licensed child care at district schools.
Kalina said that there have been recent successful capital projects with the Town of Ladysmith, the City of Nanaimo and School District 71 and the Boys and Girls Club would like to work with Nanaimo-Ladysmith to apply for capital funds to build new child-care spaces in schools the district intends to renovate or build new. He said the province of B.C. has plans to invest $32 million over the next several years to increase the number of licensed child-care spaces.
"We understand and respect the relationship the school district has with other child care providers, but we believe the BGCCVI brings value-added elements to our relationships," Kalina told the trustees.
"Because the BGCCVI is part of a national organization that provides operating standards, highquality programs and a variety of national grants, we differentiate ourselves from other local childcare providers."
Kalina said that if the school district is interested in cultivating a "preferred" partnership with the club, it will be important to formalize the nature of the relationship so BGCCVI can effectively plan and contribute to the capital required.
After Kalina's presentation, members of the district's business committee recommended that the board meet with representatives of the Boys and Girls Club to explore the proposal and to develop administrative policy on the topic of child care in school buildings.
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