PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond congratulate the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre for being recognized with the Child Care Merit Award of Excellence in Innovation.

The Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre, a non-profit society, provides child care options at the College of New Caledonia.

The Child Care Awards of Excellence recognize the exceptional contributions made by early childhood educators, licensed family child-care providers, organizations and local governments throughout B.C.

“The Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre provides highly innovative programs that support child development,” said Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “The early childhood educators at this non-profit society deserve recognition for their dedication to nurturing happy and healthy children.”

“This award acknowledges the early childhood educators at the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre for their exceptional work,” said Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie. “They provide a fun and supportive environment for children to learn skills that will prepare them for success in school and in life.”

After an open call for nominations, ten child care providers from across B.C. have been selected to receive Child Care Awards of Excellence in one of five categories: provincial, innovation, local government, leadership and Aboriginal.

The innovation category recognizes an individual, facility or organization demonstrating innovation in child-care programming in a traditional or non-traditional setting that links services to opportunities for child development and growth.

May is Child Care Month in B.C. – an opportunity to celebrate and honour the many child-care providers throughout the province, and also to recognize the need for greater access to quality child care for B.C. families.