The demand for licensed child care spaces in British Columbia exceeds the existing supply, resulting in significant shortages across the province. To address this need, the Province is supporting local governments in the planning and building of licensed child care spaces that will best meet the needs of local families in their communities.
As part of this effort, the City of Kimberley partnered with Be the Change Group to assess Kimberley’s child care needs and develop a child care action plan that would ensure that families have access to the child care services that they need.
Our assessment included a background review, policy scan, and community engagement. We engaged a total of 319 participants, including, but not limited to, community members, City officials, First Nations partners, parents, child care providers, child care facilities, and other key stakeholders, through key informant interviews, surveys, a community forum, and round tables with families and child care providers respectively.
The child care action plan represents the collective voices of Kimberley, ensuring that the community informed the plan to address Kimberley’s child care needs and planning activities.
With the needs assessed and a plan in place, the City of Kimberley can apply to the Community Child Care Space Creation Program which provides additional funding to local governments to create new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities for children aged 0-5, with a focus on spaces for infants and toddlers.