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New Seasong child care centre opens in Steveston

It can accommodate 37 kids ages six and under.

A new child care centre opened in Steveston on Friday, adding 37 child care spaces to the neighbourhood.

Seasong Child Care Centre held its official opening by allowing neighbourhood parents and kids to tour the facility.

It was built as part of the Kingsley Estates on No 2 Road, and upon completion the developer turned it over to the city as a community amenity. It’s operated by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Council voted to name it Seasong back in January because of the nearby Fraser River and historic Steveston fishing village.

“A seasong is a sailor’s song, often sung to express the working day,” Coralys Cuthburt wrote in a staff report to city council in January. “[Seasong would] resonate with residents as a reference to the long-standing fishing industry in the area.” 

It’s the ninth purpose-built and city owned childcare centre in Richmond, according to a city news release.

“The creation of this new child care facility shows the City’s long-term commitment to building a system of accessible, affordable and quality child care for families in Richmond,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said in the release.

The centre is already at capacity, but families can apply to enroll their children on the YMCA's website.