Child Care Action Plan
Take the Survey Until Nov. 1, 2019
Local parents and caregivers are being asked for input to help develop a strategy for improving access to child care in Port Coquitlam and across the Tri-Cities.
Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are working together to create Child Care Action Plans that will outline what the cities, service providers and other stakeholders can do to help create new spaces.
In a survey running until Nov. 1, parents and guardians are being asked about their child care needs and challenges, and to provide input on potential solutions.
Port Coquitlam had 2,279 licensed child care spaces in 97 facilities as of December 2018. (Find out more about opening a child care facility in Port Coquitlam here.)
While there are more spaces per child in Port Coquitlam than in other parts of the region, some families still find it challenging to find high quality affordable care.
The three cities each received a $25,000 grant to create Child Care Action Plans in spring 2019 from the provincial Community Child Care Planning Program, through the Union of BC Municipalities. They are working together on the project given that many Tri-Cities residents cross boundaries for child care, school and other services.
Development of the plan is currently in the information-gathering stage.
Opportunities for input include:
- The public survey, running until Nov. 1
- Public information sessions in October in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam (watch this space for dates).
- A solutions workshop co-hosted by the three cities in November for community members with an interest in childcare development, including parents, guardians, child care providers and other stakeholders. Participants will have a chance to learn about and provide feedback on the recommended actions for the child care action plan.
The input collected will help identify gaps, set targets and find potential solutions. Other work 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.
The action plan will build on previous work such as the city’s comprehensive review and update of its child care regulations in 2017, the Tri-City Child Care Needs Assessment in 2017, and School District 43’s Child Care Task Force, on which the city participates.
The draft plans are expected to be presented to City Councils for consideration in early 2020.
Stay Up to Date
Watch this page, the local newspaper and social media for information about outreach activities and opportunities to provide input, or sign up using the form below.