The new daycare sign at Saint-Grégoire. (Photo: Francis Tessier-Burns).

CSDCEO and Champlain waiting for final go-ahead to finalize daycare move

With the construction now complete, the Champlain daycare will soon be moving to its new location at the Saint-Grégoire catholic elementary school.

The move has been planned for nearly a year after the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien approached the township and suggested moving the daycare into the school.

A report last year estimated the move would save the township just over $20,000 in 2017. Another benefit highlighted in the report was the possibility of offering a “one-stop” service for parents whose kids already attend Saint-Grégoire.

When it comes to running a daycare service, Paula Knudsen, the Township of Champlain’s CAO, says, “It’s hard to make money, especially in this area. We try to break even, so that the services isn’t costing taxpayers money.”

Initially planned to open for September 1, Knudsen says the construction undertaken by the school board delayed the transition.

“We’ve kept parents informed as to the progress,” she said. “We’re waiting for permits now… We’re aiming (to open) in the next couple of weeks.”

As for the cost of the move, Knudsen says it only cost the township between $500-$600 dollars since it used its own trucks and it was a short distance to go.

Asked what will happen to the daycare’s current building on Derby Street, Knudsen says council has yet to decide.

“For the moment it’ll stay vacant,” she said.

All services will remain the same in the new location. The daycare has a maximum enrolment of 39 children with 36 of those spots currently filled.

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