Thompson Rivers University

New Early Childhood Education building opens doors to fresh learning opportunities

October 11, 2022

KAMLOOPS — Children, students, educators and researchers have a new dedicated space where they can share and learn at Thompson Rivers University.

The Early Childhood Education Centre officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 11 — a 2,000quare-metre facility that transforms early childhood learning and development at TRU. The project was made possible with $1.48 million from the Province’s ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.

This new centre brings together under one roof TRU’s Early Childhood Education program, researchers in early childhood education and the award-winning Cariboo Child Care Society, which serves the child-care needs of TRU students, faculty and staff, and off-campus families. By combining early childhood teaching, research and daycare in one location, the centre also increases opportunities for cross-functional learning, benefiting early childhood education and the profession.

Located at 1274 McGill Rd., the new centre includes indoor and outdoor learning spaces. To better connect the building to the rest of campus, a new campus entrance was added on McGill Road with the extension of TRU Way.

Formerly a ginseng warehouse, the building is now a bright and inspiring place for children, students, researchers, faculty and staff, and a central location to foster the interconnectedness of early childhood education, research and daycare.

The grand opening event included the Hon. Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, celebrating alongside TRU faculty and staff, and community members. The centre represents three of TRU’s institutional mission core themes: student success, research and intercultural understanding.

The total cost for completion of the ECE was $7.2 million, with funding provided from the Province and TRU, and with support from Teck to create an amazing outdoor playground.


“This Early Childhood Education Centre is great news for Kamloops families, TRU staff and students who will benefit from 37 new convenient on-campus child care spaces for their children while they study or work. Importantly, this new facility will train future early childhood educators to this in-demand and vital profession. Through our ChildCareBC commitments we have funded nearly 1,000 new licensed child care spaces and 240 $10 a Day spaces in Kamloops and the surrounding area as we build child care as a core service that families can count on.” — Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care.

“It is exciting to see the unique Early Childhood Education Centre come to life as a strong continuing investment in our students and community. It brings together a high-quality daycare centre with post-secondary students and researchers in a space where learning happens on multiple levels and ideas can be readily explored. This creates outstanding learning opportunities for everyone involved.” — Brett Fairbairn, TRU president

“The new Early Childhood Education Centre will be a place of growth and knowledge, and be a welcoming space to all. Having research, learning and daycare together will support valuable cross-functional learning, which ultimately benefits early childhood education and the profession.” — Yasmin Dean, dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Media can access B-roll footage and pictures here.
Video tour of Early Childhood Education Centre:

Michele Young, Marketing and Communications
Thompson Rivers University
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