Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

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THE WORLD OF CHILD CARE

News & Articles

The world of child care and early childhood education is always changing -- especially here in BC. We regularly gather articles, opinions and information to share. We hope you’ll find it interesting and valuable, whether you’re a parent, guardian, service provider or student. We encourage you to join the conversation with your own observations, news and questions.

One door closes and another opens…

One door closes and another opens…

As many of you know, the ECEBC Bursary fund for Professional Development will close at the end of August.

However, Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC), will begin administering a PD Bursary for ECEs and other child care providers in British Columbia starting this fall!

Advice and Resources for Parents

Advice and Resources for Parents

Advice and Resources for Parents

Finding child care can be confusing, especially in a city like ours where over 16,000 additional spaces are needed. 

Each year, our Parent Services Team respond to over 7,000 requests from parents in Vancouver and help over 1,600 families to apply for financial assistance to help them pay for their child care. 

We have full lists of child care providers and vacancies around the city, and can help you understand your options and work out what type of child care will work best for your family. 

More than spaces; more than babysitting.

More than spaces; more than babysitting.

Yesterday there was an important announcement about a partnership between the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver to develop 2,300 new child care spaces in public buildings such as schools and community centres. This announcement is in line with the Province's Child Care BC initiative to build the components of a publicly funded system for early learning and care. 

National Indigenous Peoples

National Indigenous Peoples' Day: The power of stories and storytelling.

 

“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” Ursula K. Le Guin

The Westcoast Early Learning Library (WELL) is celebrating National Indigenous People’s Day this year by highlighting the power of stories and storytelling.

Child Care Resource and Referral Highlights 2018-19

Child Care Resource and Referral Highlights 2018-19

The CCRR Program supports BC families and child care providers. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, we are proud to increase access for families to community services and Government programs, and improve the quality of child care through training and resource support.

In 2018-19 we provided:
27,336 families with affordable Child Care benefit assistance
79,724 Child Care referrals
1041 professional development opportunities to 19,616 participants
21,616 borrowers with library resources
2670 support visits to Child Care Programs
Across the province.
 

Learn photography basics for child care settings!

Learn photography basics for child care settings!

This summer, Westcoast is offering a series of three workshops on photography in early child care settings for beginners. These can be taken as standalone workshops of 4 hours each, or as a series of 3 workshops for a total of 12 hours of professional development.

Used Book Sale!

Used Book Sale!

Join us at Westcoast Early Learning Library for a used book sale!

Saturday 1st June 2019

10:30am to 3:30pm

 

All items are by donation.

Bring a bag, fill it up and pay what you feel!

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