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Four new child-care centres will be built in Rainy River District thanks to provincial funding.

The Rainy River District School Board and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board received $6,453,382 from the Ontario government to construct three new child-care centres.

They will be located at Robert Moore School in Fort Frances, Donald Young School in Emo, and Rainy River High School in Rainy River.

All three will be additions to the existing facilities.

“The new day-care locations will be a benefit to our school communities,” said Heather Campbell, director of education for the Rainy River District School Board.

“School-based child-care centers provide our youngest children with a seamless day, reducing the number of transitions in a child's life and providing comfort and security, which supports student achievement and well-being,” she noted.

The funding was secured through a joint submission to the Ministry of Education's Capital Funding for Child Care and Family Programs.

The Northwest Catholic District School Board and local DSSAB, meanwhile, will receive an estimated $1.6 million to construct a child-care centre in Fort Frances.

It will be an extension to the new consolidated elementary school scheduled to be opened in September, 2019 on the current St. Francis School property.

“We are excited to work in partnership with our local DSSAB to support this project,” said Brendan Hyatt, director of eduction for the Northwest Catholic District School Board.

“Having the new day care attached to our new consolidated school will help support and provide a smooth transition for non-school aged children,” he noted.

This funding was secured through a joint submission to the Ministry of Education's Early Years Capital Program Funding for school-based early years' capital construction projects.

“We support and welcome the investment in child care in our district,” local DSSAB CAO Dan McCormick said.

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