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April 15, 2009

Leah Heath and daughter Cleo play along during Circle Time in FCSS’s Parent Link Program at the Provost Legion on Thursday, April 9. The new daycare is expected to accomodate children like Cleo and has many parents like Leah interested in the service. ©Provost News Photo.

$93,000 for Proposed Daycare
A $93,000 grant received by Provost & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Provost means a public daycare is coming to Provost — when and where exactly, is unclear.

Director of Provost and District FCSS, Leslie Steffenhagen, received a $93,000 cheque from the Province of Alberta early last week shortly after hearing the good news on Monday, April 6.

The money will be allocated as follows:
$6,000 - Staffing (creating a policy manual, job descriptions, hiring);
$13,000 - Materials and supplies such as toys, activity tables, parent resources;
$13,800 - Furnishings and equipment such as computers, desks, chairs, dividers, filing cabinets;
$16,200 - Children’s tables, chairs, lockers, bookshelves, baby items.
$44,000 - Facility upgrade.

Where the daycare may operate hasn’t been determined. Steffenhagen says she is going to investigate the potential to move into the new Regional Activity Centre (RAC). Some of the money FCSS received, is expected to be put towards renovations or arranging some sort of a facility. Whether FCSS can pitch in money to the RAC to help finish a room and give themselves space to operate is unclear at this time.

According to Steffenhagen, a site, temporary or permanent, will likely need to be found prior to the opening of the RAC, suggesting it may be open within a year or so. But Steffenhagen didn’t want to get ahead of herself as there are many ducks she has to get in a row before the doors open for this daycare.

“We’re starting from the ground and need to build a policy manual and job descriptions,” Steffenhagen said. “A lot of stuff is up in the air (and) we need to sit and think about it. We don’t want to waste the money.”

The demand for daycare in Provost is high and Steffenhagen estimates about 100 parents expressed interest in having a daycare service in town. “There’s a huge amount of interest for a daycare,” Steffenhagen remarked.

Complete story and photos in April 15 edition of The Provost News.
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Viterra Expansion to Double Railcar Loading Capability
Viterra Inc.’s high throughput elevator east of Provost is gearing up for a major expansion this spring and summer so it will be able to hold more grain and double grain shipment capacity.

The grain company reports that the project will increase loading capability at the facility served by Canadian Pacific Railway to 112 railcars from 56—and raise its storage capacity by 12,000 tonnes, to a total of 29,300 tonnes.

Full story in April 15 edition of The Provost News.
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New Fire Training Will Feature Hands-on and Classroom Course
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What will be the Biggest Benefit of Having a Daycare in Provost?"
. . . and we heard answers from Cindy Schindel, Tracy Salyn, Cindy Hill, Chad Salyn, and Jennifer Montgomery. Check out the April 15 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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