From the Governments of Manitoba and Canada–The Canada and Manitoba governments have provided grant funding to enhance the quality of child care services provided when families access programs across the province, Federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Manitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“Vulnerable families often face barriers to accessing high quality child care. The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the government of Manitoba to make child care a priority and help more families and children benefit from rich early learning experiences” said Duclos.

A total of $538,000 was provided to 12 community-based organizations that serve vulnerable families. The grant funding helps ensure a qualified child-care provider is available to look after children at no cost when parents are seeking supports and services such as therapy, counselling or skills training.

“When parents need to access supports to improve their own situation and the future of their family, it’s important they know their children are being cared for by someone with the right qualifications and expertise,” said Stefanson. “Our government recognizes that every family’s child-care needs are different, which is why we are investing in this opportunity to expand flexible child-care supports into community organizations.”

Each organization received funding to help cover staffing costs and other supportive materials like educational toys, nutritious snacks and other resources for children, staff and parents.

For more information on the funding and where it will be provided, click here.