KPDSB, City of Dryden and Kenora District Social Services Board announce partnership for childcare spaces in Dryden
KPDSB, City of Dryden, and Kenora District Services Board announce partnership for child care spaces in Dryden
June 13, 2016
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB), City of Dryden, and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) are pleased to announce a new partnership to move existing child care programs from the City of Dryden’s Children’s Resource Centre into the KPDSB’s New Prospect Public School and Open Roads Public School in Dryden. The partnership follows the Government of Ontario’s vision to locate child care spaces in schools (or link programs to schools) to create seamless transitions for children and families.
The current Toddler and Preschool Programs at the Dryden Children’s Resource Centre will begin their transition into New Prospect and Open Roads for the 2016-2017 school year. A total of 46 child care spaces will be available to families between the two schools. The Dryden Nursery School Co-op will also remain at New Prospect Public School.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as school staff, are excited to welcome new families to New Prospect and Open Roads as we work together to support families in Dryden and the surrounding areas.
KDSB Chief Administrative Officer, Henry Wall, said “As the Service System Manager for Early Years Programs in the Kenora District, the Kenora District Services Board is excited to be working with the City of Dryden and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board on this relocation project. By moving child care spaces into schools, we are ensuring that child care programs remain financially sustainable and that we are creating community services that better meet the needs of children and families.”
City of Dryden Mayor, Greg Wilson, stated “It makes much more sense for those who are in the business of student education to maintain child care programs instead of the City; in terms of both expertise and effective space utilization.”
KPDSB Director of Education, Sean Monteith, added “As a public school board, it always make sense to reduce the number of transitions in a child’s life for their education; having the earliest learners in our schools maintains consistency and allows for seamless transition into school. It has been a pleasure to work with the City of Dryden and Kenora District Services Board in partnership.”
Contact Sheena Valley,
KPDSB Communications Officer, at 223-5311 extension 247 regarding this release.