As part of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Expansion Plan, it is expected that 277 additional child care spaces will be implemented within the City of Kenora over the 4-year expansion period. The future 5,474 square foot Child Care Centre space within Seven Generations Education Institute campus is anticipated to provide ten infant spaces, fifteen toddler spaces, and twenty-four preschool spaces pending the finalization of leasehold improvement plans and details.

“Through this strong partnership, we are going to provide greatly welcomed news for families in the Kenora area who need access to high quality and affordable Early Learning and Child Care programs. I want to thank Brent Tookenay and the team at Seven Generations Education Institute for this opportunity and partnership. There is a critical need for more child care programs in the City of Kenora and across the district; through partnerships like these and with the support of the Government of Ontario, this new Child Care Centre is a notable start for families that will also enhance local Early Childhood Education training opportunities,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer, KDSB.

“The partnership between SGEI and KDSB creates an opportunity for our two organizations to continue to support the people of the area,” says Brent Tookenay, CEO of SGEI. Having the youngest learners become a part of our campus is important and we welcome Henry and his team along with all of the parents to our Manidoo Baawaatig campus.”

The new centre will allow for on-site ‘learning labs’ for students who are enrolled in Early Years education to access hands on training in a high-quality child care setting. Over the coming months, renovations will occur at the Child Care Centre, and is anticipated to open December 31, 2024. More details regarding the Seven Generations Education Institute Child Care Centre development will be provided in the near future.


Media Contact:

Roberta Lappage
Communications Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 223-2100 x 2474

Kaitlyn Allen-Henry
Manager of Communications
Seven Generations Education Institute
(807) 274-2796 x 1257

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