Penticton Child Care Centre

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Support our youngest learners with a Bright Start to quality learning 

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Making child care accessible requires more than creating additional space. It means offering parents an affordable solution. Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Foundation are seeking to raise $700,000 in funding, in addition to the $500,000 investment by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development, to build the Child Care Centre through the Bright from the Start: Building for the Future campaign.  

Help us narrow the child care gap in Penticton. Donate today to help our future students get a bright start. 

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Child Care Centre Quick Facts

• Provides 64 spaces for infant and toddler care, ages 3-5 daycare, preschool and after school care

• Offers extended hours of operation to accommodate early and evening classes and shift workers in the community

•  Includes a 4,000 square foot outdoor play space to encourage children to explore the outdoors in a learning environment

•  Utilizes experienced, certified and well-trained staff of the Penticton and District Community Resources Society (PDCRS) who will operate the facility

A healthy environment for early learning

• Creates a model for healthy, sustainable building practices in child care

• Utilizes Passive House principles and designed to meet LEED Platinum standards to match the College's high standard of sustainability achieved through the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence 

• Goal of meeting net zero energy by including solar technology and monitoring systems

Addressing community needs 

• Helps to address the community shortage of child care spaces (there currently exists space in local child care facilities for only 560 of the 3,512 children aged 0-12 in the Penticton area) 

• Allows the College to better support its students, employees and the local community, including the growing number of Aboriginal students, in addressing their child care needs. 

• Provides hands-on training opportunities for Okanagan College students in Residential Construction and Sustainable Construction Management Technology programs

• Builds an even deeper sense of community among Okanagan College students and employees, along with the community-at-large.

Help us narrow the child care gap in Penticton. Donate today  to help our future students get a bright start. 

Building for the Future: Get Involved

Bright Start Case CoverJoin us as a champion for this project in the community and help us reach our $700,000 campaign goal. Ask us about how you can support this much-needed facility. Work with us to identify other ways to support 

Read more about the project in the Bright from the Start Case Report

Contact us: 
Okanagan College Foundation
Anne Kirkpatrick, Development Officer
Penticton Campus
foundation@okanagan.bc.ca
250-492-4305 ext. 3254


Campaign Team 

Mary Ellen Heidt - Campaign Chair, Board Member, Okanagan College Foundation 
Linda Andersson - Board member, PDCRS
Tanya Behardien - Executive Director, PDCRS
Allison Markin - Principal, All She Wrote
Ret Tinning - Past VP, Okanagan College Foundation 
Eric Corneau - Regional Dean, South Okanagan-Simikameen, Okanagan College
Kathy Butler - Executive Director, Okanagan College Foundation
Anne Kirkpatrick - Development Officer, Okanagan College Foundation
Tory Braun - Campaign Communications Coordinator, Okanagan College Foundation
Samantha Blandon - Campaign Assistant, Okanagan College