The Upper Canada District School Board is excited to announce it has received Ministry of Education approval to move forward with the Cambridge Public School child care project in Embrun.

The $1.6 million project will include retrofitting an existing classroom that will then be dedicated for child care services. The expansion will create up to 16 new child care spaces for the rural community. To ensure elementary student spaces are not diminished due to the retrofit and expansion of the child care space, the construction project will include an additional classroom to be built at Cambridge Public School. The school will also undergo capital renovations including mechanical unit and control upgrades, video security, selected exterior window/door replacement and exterior fascia upgrades.

“This is a project we’ve been looking forward to for some time as it addresses an ongoing community need for child care services,” says UCDSB Chair John McAllister. “We’re pleased that we can provide learning spaces and opportunities for our families and their children – and that will soon include starting from an early age.”

This project has been in the works since January 2017 and is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.

“Our government is improving schools and creating new child care spaces for hard-working Embrun families,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Progress towards the construction of the child care centre retrofit to Cambridge Public School underscores that we are taking action to deliver affordable and high-quality child care for local families.”

The school board expects to tender the project this spring.