In a festive atmosphere on May 12, the children of Les aventuriers child care centre in Langley and their parents participated in the ceremony that officially opened the brand new child care centre, in the presence of British Columbia’s Minister of State for Child Care, Grace Lore.
The Fédération des parents also had the pleasure of welcoming Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley, as well as several representatives of partner organizations for this wonderful project, who were there to celebrate the event.
“We know that access to affordable, quality, and inclusive child care is life-changing for families,” said the Minister of State in her speech. In addition, Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care, said in the ministry’s news release: “Schools are at the heart of a community, and investments such as this French-language child care centre will bring families together and preserve Francophone culture.”
For the Fédération des parents, the opening of this new child care centre is another step towards its goal of providing quality child care services to as many Francophone families as possible in the province, thereby supporting their efforts to transmit French language and Francophone culture to their children.
To achieve this goal, a few years ago the Fédération des parents created Le Phare C.-B., an entity within the organization whose staff is dedicated entirely to starting up new Francophone child care centres and developing existing ones throughout British Columbia.
The project to create a preschool child care centre in Langley, the result of collaboration between the Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique and the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF), was made possible thanks to funding obtained through the Government of British Columbia’s Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund.
The opening event was a dual celebration, also highlighting the important work of child care centre professionals in May, which has been proclaimed “Early Childhood Education Month.”
The event ended with the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then Minister of State Grace Lore and Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley, took part in a guided tour of the child care centre, accompanied by the Phare C.-B. team, Marie-Andrée Asselin, Executive Director of the Fédération des parents, and educators.