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Province commits millions to daycare spots

The Manitoba government has announced a $9-million construction program that will create an additional 250 daycare spaces at five schools.

The schools are located in Winnipeg, St. Andrews and Oak Lake.

The announcement Wednesday includes:

-- 74 more spaces in an expansion of Cairns Children's Centre in École R.H.G. Bonnycastle School in the Waverley Heights area of Winnipeg. The child-care centre is expected to receive about $2.5 million in provincial capital support with work planned to start this spring.

-- 64 new spaces at a new early-learning and child-care centre to be added to Highbury School in south Winnipeg. The new spaces will be created with capital funding of more than $2.2 million.

-- 40 new spaces at St. Andrews Child Care, a new centre located next to St. Andrews School in St. Andrews. The new construction is being funded with a commitment of almost $2 million in capital support, and construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2015.

-- 20 new spaces with the establishment of a new child-care centre program at Oak Lake Community School in Oak Lake. A facility constructed next to the school is receiving about $640,000 in provincial capital support with construction beginning in the next few weeks.

-- As many as 74 spaces to be created with about $2 million in new capital support as part of an addition to âcole Tache, operated by at Le P'tit Bonheur.

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