Everyone is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the South Cariboo Early Years Centre (EYC) at the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre on Oct. 31, starting at 11 a.m., says CFEC executive director Lisa De Paoli.
MLA Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett will be cutting the ribbon to officially launch the EYC. This centre is one of 12 test sites in the province designed to be a one-stop place for families to receive support and services.
“I am pleased the South Cariboo is benefitting directly from the Provincial Families First Agenda of establishing Early Years Centres in communities throughout the province,” says Barnett.
“It is exciting for the South Cariboo to be at the leading edge of early childhood development and supporting families.”
In the South Cariboo, the EYC will have both a permanent and virtual locations. The permanent location will be at the CFEC at 1-486 Birch Ave.
“The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre is proud to be hosting the South Cariboo Early Years Centre,” says CFEC board chair Diane Cober.
“We are committed to ensuring all children and parents in the South Cariboo have access to the services and resources that they need to be healthy and successful.”
The virtual locations will be monthly playgroups in communities within the South Cariboo, including Bridge Lake, Lac la Hache, 108 Mile Ranch, Forest Grove and Lone Butte.
“We welcome the community to join us on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. to celebrate this milestone in early childhood development and support for families in the South Cariboo,” says Sheila Glen, Early Years program manager.
Another virtual location will the South Cariboo Early Years App, which will provide parents with information and resources within the convenience of their Smartphone.
“And, of course, we welcome children and parents to join us before the opening at 10 to “Wiggle and Shake” at the 100 Mile Playgroup, as well as to access resources and services at the Early Years Centre,” says Erica Henderson, South Cariboo Early Years Centre co-ordinator.