Thank you to all Parents/Guardians, Providers, Operators and Stakeholders who participated in our surveys and/or attended our Child Care Action Plan Stakeholder Open House. We are currently using the findings to develop the Maple Ridge Child Care Action Plan and will update the public soon.
Background & Plan Development
Maple Ridge received a $25,000 grant to create a Child Care Action Plan in Spring 2019 from the provincial Community Child Care Planning Program, through the Union of BC Municipalities.
Development of the plan is currently in the information-gathering stage.
Opportunities for input included:
Stakeholder Open House (happened on March 12)
Parent/Guardian Survey (closed December 2019)
Provider/Operator Survey (closed January 2020)
Focus Groups (completed January 2020)
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 42 and organizations that serve local families.
The draft plans are expected to be presented to City Council for consideration in early 2020. Watch this page, the local newspaper and social media for information about outreach activities and opportunities to provide input.