Child-care centre at Mount Carmel Clinic to support moms fighting addictions
Province to contribute up to $600K toward 40% of centre's construction costs
The Manitoba government is teaming up with Mount Carmel Clinic in Winnipeg's North End to build a new child-care centre for the infant children of women who are dealing with substance abuse issues.
The centre will offer up to 16 infant spaces for families in the community as well as for mothers taking part in The Mothering Project at Mount Carmel, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced on Thursday.
The Mothering Project provides a range of services, from prenatal care to housing support, to women who want help with their pregnancies and in overcoming addictions.
"I commend Mount Carmel Clinic for taking the initiative in creating a new facility that will serve the local community as well as increase the availability of infant spaces for high-risk moms participating in the clinic's Mothering Project," Irvin-Ross said in a news release.
"This unique program serves as a single access point for a range of services that provide counselling, assessment and support to pregnant women and mothers with substance abuse issues and their children."
The child-care centre will be operated by Anne Ross Day Nursery, a licensed facility in the Point Douglas neighbourhood.
The provincial government says it will contribute up to $600,000 toward 40 per cent of the child-care centre's construction costs.