Tri-City politicians to meet on child care

Jan. 31 first date of a municipal task force to meet to discuss ways to create more child care spaces

All systems are go for a first meeting of a joint task force of school and city officials to look at ways to boost child care in the region.

A meeting date of Jan. 31 has been set for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra officials to meet with School District 43 representatives for the development of a terms of reference.

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Port Moody trustee Lisa Park will be the School District 43’s representative on the task force, which has no decision-making powers but will help the district in making decisions about childcare and will also serve as a connection between SD453 and the cities on the issue.

The cities have each applied for $25,000 grants for studies to look into child care needs.

School District 43 currently provides 2,100 spaces in 46 schools in classrooms or portables but some programs were relocated in recent months as classrooms were needed because of changes to class size and composition regulations due to a Supreme Court ruling upholding the teachers’ contract.

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