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Children play on the gym floor of Fairview Community School at an event Friday hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership.
Children play on the gym floor of Fairview Community School at an event Friday hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership. David Seath

1/4 of young Nanaimo children live in poverty: report

By Ian Holmes
November 17, 2017 - 4:08pm Updated: November 18, 2017 - 6:58am

NANAIMO — An increasing number of young Nanaimo children belong to families struggling to make ends meet.

The semi-annual State of the Child Report, released by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership on Friday, points to several concerning poverty-related indicators.

Crews are putting the finishing exterior touches on Tillicum Lelum's childcare centre on Tenth St.
Crews are putting the finishing exterior touches on Tillicum Lelum's childcare centre on Tenth St. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Tillicum Lelum's new childcare centre nears completion

By Ian Holmes
November 3, 2017 - 6:02pm Updated: November 5, 2017 - 1:08pm

NANAIMO — The latest addition to an already expansive list of programs offered by the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre (TLAFC) is expected to open in the new year.

The Tsawalk Learning Centre, among more traditional lesson plans, focuses on life decisions and changes which can be made for the better.
The Tsawalk Learning Centre, among more traditional lesson plans, focuses on life decisions and changes which can be made for the better. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Alt-education centre helping Nanaimo youth who fell through the cracks

By Spencer Sterritt
October 30, 2017 - 4:43pm Updated: October 31, 2017 - 9:27am

NANAIMO — The traditionally rigid school structure doesn't work for everyone and a Nanaimo learning centre is helping youth who haven't been in school for weeks, sometimes years. 

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