Child Care Survey Underway. Be Sure to Add Your Voice. Kick-Off Info Night and Workshop, Monday, Nov 26, 7 – 8:30, The Rec

If childcare impacts you, contribute your voice to an important Needs Assessment and Survey that is getting underway.

Community input is vital to the success of the project.

Input can be contributed by online survey, which we will share as soon as it is launched.

The project launches with a community workshop on:

Monday, November 26

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The REC (youth/ seniors centre), right next to the Pemberton Community Centre at 7390 Cottonwood Street

At the workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the project, and to share your views on child care needs, issues, and priorities for Pemberton.

Space is limited, so advance registration is required.  To reserve a spot, or to obtain further information, please contact Grace Chadsey as soon as possible by email or by phone (604-698-6935).

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Photo courtesy Stewardship Pemberton

Background

The Putting Children First Initiative of Sea to Sky Community Services has engaged the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC)  to prepare a Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy for Pemberton.

Putting Children First is a collaborative table, that brings together Pemberton and Mount Currie folk who work specifically with 0 – 6 year olds – people from the library, child care centres, Sea to Sky Community Services, the Community Centre, Public Health nurses, Growing Great Children volunteers – who gather a few times a year to share resources, news, identify challenges facing the community and work out how to best advocate for the needs of local families.

One challenge identified is, no surprise, the crisis in childcare and after school care, that affects the entire Sea to Sky corridor. But having actual hard data and statistics is important, for funding applications or policy decisions.

With that in mind, the group identified the value of undertaking a current Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy.

SPARC, the researchers commissioned to lead the project, recently conducted a Needs Assessment and Strategy for North Vancouver. They were subsequently contracted by the District of Squamish to do the same thing. The Pemberton table of Putting Children First requested funding support from the SLRD to initiate the same project here, and the Board agreed, in June, to provide $7000 in matching funds, to support a Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy project for Pemberton, Mt. Currie and N’Quatqua areas.

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