Friday, Oct. 14, 2022
Before-school childcare program opens at Mapleridge PS
Near North District School Board (NNDSB) is pleased to announce that a new before-school childcare program has opened at Mapleridge Public School in Powassan for the 2022-2023 school year.
Currently, the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (PSDSSAB) operates an after-school program for school-aged children at Mapleridge. “We are pleased to be piloting this expansion of our School-Age Program in Powassan to include before-school care for children ages 4-12 starting at 7:30 a.m.,” said Brenda Wiltshire, manager of directly operated childcare programs for the PSDSSAB.
NNDSB’s Superintendent of Early Years, Gay Smylie added, “NNDSB values its strong partnership with PSDSSAB as we work together to provide services that benefit children and their families. We are so fortunate to expand the program to provide care for children before the school day starts. This takes the pressure off families that need to get to work but also ensure their children are cared for before the school day starts.”
This expansion was a result of data obtained in the annual childcare viability survey, which is supported by the Nipissing and Parry Sound Social Services Administration Boards. Due to an increase in need for before-school care, the Parry Sound DSSAB was willing to expand its current offering at Mapleridge. This is wonderful news for the families of Powassan and surrounding area and for students who will now experience one less transition in their school day.
Families wishing to register for the program can contact the Parry Sound DSSAB office at 1-800-661-3230.
For more information, please contact
Near North District School Board
P. (705) 472-8170, extension 5010