Child Care & Child Development
The Child Care Strategy reflects City Council’s desire to be a municipal leader in the area of child care, providing an overall framework and long-term direction for child care in New Westminster. Building on past and present municipal childcare initiatives, it defines the City’s role and enables powers and limitations. It also reflects a commitment in the belief that quality, accessible and affordable childcare is necessary in the creation of a healthy community and prosperous economy.
- Child Care Strategy, 2016
- Child Care Strategy Progress Report - January 30, 2012
- Child Care Strategy Progress Report – March 22, 2010
- Child Care Strategy, 2009
- Child Care Protocol between City & School District, 2009
The Child Care Needs Assessment provides an overview of the childcare system and situation in New Westminster and highlights its importance from both a social and economic perspective. The assessment also discusses how childcare is provided and funded, and examines the existing situation, including supply and demand factors and related issues.
The City of New Westminster is a member of the Early Childhood Development Public Partners' Committee #40 through Social Planning, and Parks and Recreation. It’s also a member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
The ECD Public Partners' Committee is developing four ECD hubs in New Westminster. They will include two early childhood development and/or family strengthening services, one of which will be a licensed child care program. These will act as focal points for their neighbourhoods, enabling families to easily obtain information and seamlessly access a continuum of services related to their needs.
- West Side Child Development Hub Study
- Eastside Child Development Hub Study
- ECD Public Partners' Presentation
- Early Childhood Development Hubs
- ECD Hubs in New Westminster
- Neighbourhoods of Learning Project Report
- Preliminary Concept Plan for a Queensborough ECD Hub Report
- Preliminary Concept Plan for a Queensborough ECD Hub Presentation
The New Westminster Child and Youth Friendly Community Strategy (2016), which is based on an extensive community consultation process involving 840 residents, will inform the development of neighbourhoods which meet the needs of children, youth and families. The strategy is grounded on children's rights and is organized according to eight domains of influence, with each domain incorporating a vision, goals and actions. The strategy has been identified as a corporate strategic policy priority which will guide the work of staff from 2016 to 2018. The strategy was developed by the Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCY) and the City of New Westminster (City), with funding support from the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the Vancouver Foundation.