Child Care Strategy

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The City of Coquitlam recognizes that addressing the provision of high quality child care 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.

Coquitlam received a $25,000 grant this past spring from the provincial Community Child Care Planning Program through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to create a Child Care Strategy. The communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody have collaborated on the project since many Tri-Cities residents cross boundaries to access child care, school and other services.

Development of the Child Care Strategy also includes:

  • 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; and
  • Consultation with additional stakeholders, including Fraser Health, School District 43 and organizations that serve local families.

Coquitlam’s draft plan will be presented to Council in late 2020.

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