An early childhood education and care centre in Port Coquitlam has been honoured by the province for its decades of service to local families.
The Learning Experience Children's Centre received a ChildCareBC Legacy Award last Saturday (May 27) during a ceremony that recognized dozens of providers and workers in the sector.
The facility is located at 3862 Wellington St., inside École Irvine Elementary, in PoCo's Oxford Heights neighbourhood.
It first opened in 1982 with the goal of providing preschool services to the growing community.
As of this publication (May 30), The Learning Experience hosts 124 child care spaces for kids ranging from 30 months to elementary school.
The legacy award distinguishes child care centres that have been a mainstay in their communities, passing down educational and societal needs to generations of families for more than 40 years.
"The ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence honour the outstanding achievements of individuals, organizations, school districts and local governments who help families and communities thrive by providing or supporting the delivery of child care," added Grace Lore, B.C.'s minister of state for child care, in a news release.
"The winners and nominees represent the dedication and commitment the child care sector as a whole brings to work every single day. It's an honour to be able to celebrate and highlight the work of these professionals who provide critical care for our children."
May is proclaimed as Child Care Month in B.C., Lore said.
The Learning Experience was one of 28 licensed facilities across the province that earned a legacy award in addition to other regional and individual honours.
It was also received a nomination en route to the award thanks to peers, parents, child care advocates, local governments and other organizations.
For more information, you can visit the B.C. government's website.