Miracles At First Child Care Centre is just one of many that will benefit under the provincial government’s One Time Quality Improvement grant program.
Finance Minister Cathy Rogers toured the facility today, over 25 years after it opened, and it brought back a lot of memories, “I remember helping wash toys everyday in a pan of soap and water so that we always made sure we could prevent the spread of germs. I remember going through all of the process of licensing and learning. I remember this very room. It didn’t look quite as pretty, we started with bare bones. There has been so much growth. I am so proud of how far they’ve come. They will be an early learning designated centre so they can qualify down the road to offer subsidies.”
Miracles at First has received $14, 056 to enhance its indoor and outdoor child care spaces.
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Early Childhood Educator Nicole Richard says they added new activities, “We put in a built in sandbox, so we have another surface for the children to play on. As well as a mud kitchen, some furniture and two large storage units. Indoors, the younger rooms have focused on adding cozy rooms with tents, and blankets and other things they can cuddle up with and read a book. In the older rooms, we added a science centre, a water table and many other natural, sustainable loose parts so the children can explore freely and learn through play.”
Executive Director at Miracles At First Janet Perry says,”It’s extremely important for the centre to receive funds, because they are a not for profit centre. All of the stuff that we usually have to work so hard for, and fundraise for or penny pinch for, suddenly we got to buy it. It is about the morale of the centre, and the educators getting to buy stuff, and the children seeing all of these boxes coming in. It is very exciting. The first years of a child’s life are very important developmentally, and now we will be able to provide more through our centre.”
A total of 152 early learning and childcare facilities in the Moncton region are benefitting from over $931, 000 from the provincial government as a part of the improvement program..