DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The YMCA of Northern BC and School District 59 have announced the grand opening of YMCA Ecole Frank Ross Centre.

This new school-aged child care centre will be providing 24 additional paces in the Dawson Creek area.

The centre was made possible by funding through the Ministry of Children and Family Development Rapid Renovation Fund.

The YMCA of Northern BC is excited to partner with School District No. 59 and bring valuable child care services to more deserving parents and caregivers in this community,” says Amanda Alexander, CEO, YMCA of Northern BC.

“Our YMCA has been part of many child care openings over the years. I can honestly say that each opening is just as significant as the one before, because it means that more families and children are gaining access to much-needed child care support.”

The new centre started welcoming children in September.

“It is our collective desire to provide quality before and after school care programs for families in the South Peace. The Ècole Frank Ross program was created as a result of need defined within the school community,” says Paul Chisholm, School District No. 59 Director of Instruction.

“This program provides parents the opportunity to have their children engage in meaningful activity in a safe and familiar environment under the care of trained professionals leading into the school day and after school hours.”

Parents interested in registering their children can do so on the YMCA website.

To mark the grand opening of the centre, a video was created featuring the Honourable Katrina Chen, BC Minister of State for Child Care, Christy Fennell the Superintendent of School District #59, Amanda Alexander, CEO of YMCA of Northern BC, and Kiana Fellers, Child Care Coordinator of the YMCA Dawson Creek.