The is the very first location for the non-profit organization in the community.
“We’re brand new to the province,” Tyndall said. “The province launched the Family Resource Centers as a pilot project in 2013. We secured funding in 2019. Sites were chosen across Saskatchewan, and they have since opened across the province.
The center offers quality early learning programs for families, both parents and caregivers, with children up to the age of five. Walk-in sessions and specialty programs are also available. There is no cost to participate in the programming.
Tyndall says the 3,600 square foot facility was originally supposed to have its official launch earlier, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.
“It fills a major gap in the community that I think has been missing for a long time,” she added.
Tyndall said she is already hearing a lot of positive responses from families.
“You know that when you come here you’re going to come into contact with other parents and carers who look after young people from zero to five,” she said.
Families and caregivers participate in programming with their children.
Tyndall said the center is a great place for parents to connect with community support.
“We’re finding out together here so you’re not alone,” she said.
Saskatchewan Education Minister Dustin Duncan said the center has been open and started serving the community since 2020.
“I’m thrilled to be here to celebrate and recognize all of the wonderful programming happening at this wonderful center,” he said. “The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to be able to invest in quality early learning programs and facilities that benefit families here in Saskatchewan and children in the early years.
The project was supported by federal and provincial funding through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
Duncan thanked the center’s management team and programming staff for their dedication and leadership over the past two years as the project got underway.
“You really make a difference in the lives of families here in the Battlefords,” Duncan said.
Saskatchewan Health Authority Primary Health Care Director for the Battlefords Region, Johann Engelke said it was great to see the facility open to families.
He mentioned that he was touched to see so many young families attending the inauguration ceremony.
“This was a multi-year partnership project between the Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Battlefords Early Childhood Intervention Program,” Engelke said. “That funding came in 2019 and it was used pretty quickly to build this incredible facility…. Now, with this grand opening, we are looking at the first time the facility can be used to its full potential. »
He said the facility would do a great job of helping young children reach their full potential.
Battlefords MPP Jeremy Cockrill is also excited about the launch.
“[This is] one of 15 in the province. It really targets certain key years of development,” he said. “To have this resource in our community, the facility is awesome. There are so many different services available for families. So it’s really great to have that in our community and see the work that they’re doing.
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