Explorerís Childrenís Centre Inc.

Explorerís Childrenís Centre Inc.
Before renovations started

A New Place to Call Home

The Jubilee Fund is thrilled to support the Explorer’s Children’s Centre Inc. in their relocation to a new home. Explorer’s was established in 1976 to provide quality child care to families in the Weston Community. Currently they provide care for 50 children ages 2 – 12 years of age. Their service is essential to this community, with the majority of the children coming from single parent, low-income and/or aboriginal families.

They are currently located in the basement of the former Sparling United Church. The building was sold in 2008 and this has necessitated the need to find a new location. In discussions with the City of Winnipeg, they have agreed to a fifteen lease of the old Weston Fire Hall located on William Avenue.

The Fire Hall is an exciting location for the daycare. It will allow them the opportunity to expand to 66 children. However before they move, major renovations are necessary to meet with the licensing requirements, put in place by the Province of Manitoba Family Services and Housing and the Child Day Care Association. These renovations will cost close to $700,000. A number of foundations, including the Winnipeg Foundation and the Thomas Sill Foundation have confirmed their support for the project. Fund raising, a loan guarantee from the Jubilee Fund and a loan from Assiniboine Credit Union will cover the balance.

Explorerís Childrenís Centre Inc.
After renovations with new canopy

Colleen Barnett has been the Executive Director for the past eight years. In speaking with the Jubilee Fund she stated, “We believe the daycare provides a vital service to this community. It allows families the security of knowing their children are in a safe, warm and loving environment, while they are working or in school. There is only one other childcare centre in this area that provides for children 2 – 12 years of age. If we were to relocate or close, it would be a huge loss to the families of the Weston community.”

Explorer’s Children’s Centre Inc. will be using the main floor of the former fire hall for the daycare. The attached garage is expected to be used by the Retired Firefighters Association. It is expected the new daycare will be open early in the New Year.

Explorerís Childrenís Centre Inc.
Promising fireman