The City’s Child Care Strategy aims to provide high quality child care that facilitates early childhood development, enables parents to work and contribute to the local economy, strengthens neighbourhoods, and helps to build a more attractive, stable and complete community.
The City received a $25,000 grant in April 2019 from the provincial Community Child Care Planning Program through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to create a Child Care Strategy, in collaboration with the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, including:
An inventory of existing child-care spaces, service levels and types of programs in different neighbourhoods
Identification of short-, medium- and long-term targets for new spaces
A survey and site visits to child-care operators to collect input on expanding facilities and service levels to meet the community’s child-care needs
Consultation with additional stakeholders, including Fraser Health, School District 43 and organizations that serve local families
Child Care Strategy Update
The City’s draft plan will be presented to Council in 2020. For more information on the Child Care Strategy, subscribe for email updates.
Child Care Strategy Documents
Summary of public input into the Child Care Strategy, from the fall of 2019:
Childcare BC: Information on the different types of child care programs, finding and choosing child care, funding opportunities, opening or running a child care program, support for child care providers. The provincial government’s child-care web portal.
Tri-Cities YMCA’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) program: Information and resources for parents seeking child-care, and for child-care providers. Assistance to parents with information and the application process for the Affordable Child Care Benefit offered by the province. Assistance to providers with training, networking, and support, including a Toy and Resource Lending Library with the latest books, games and puzzles, musical instruments, felt stories and seasonal items.
Tri-Cities Kids Matter: Information and resources for parents and for people working with children from ages 0-12. Maintained by the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Middle Childhood Matters (MCM) Committees, comprising local agencies and public partners serving children and their parents in the Tri-Cities.
The Early Childhood Educators of BC: Provides professional development opportunities, training, and resources for early childhood educators across the province, and informs the broader community about their work. Maintained by the early childhood care and education profession throughout the province.