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Joint survey seeks daycare input
Okanagan College Media Release

The Penticton and District Community Resources Society and Okanagan College are looking for community input to help determine the feasibility of establishing an on-campus daycare centre.

An online survey has been set up – okanagan.bc.ca/daycaresurvey – to garner information about demand for a daycare facility and service. 

“We are in the fact-gathering stage to determine whether there is a business case for an on-campus daycare that would serve students and staff but would also serve community needs. One of the things we’re very interested in is the demand for service in non-traditional hours,” says Okanagan College Regional Dean Donna Lomas. “We are thinking about families of the community’s shift workers, among others.”

“Access to quality and affordable childcare continues to be a need in the South Okanagan Similkameen,” explains Tanya Behardien, Executive Director of the Penticton and District Community Resources Society. “We know that many families struggle to find something that meets their unique needs. We are pleased to be in partnership with Okanagan College in examining the needs of shift workers and students who are parents.”

The discussions about a daycare are preliminary and will be dependent upon establishing need and a business case, Lomas stresses. “This is very much a first step. We need to quantify and understand the demand before we can go any further.”