The City of Maple Ridge is developing a Child Care Action Plan to assess the needs for child care in our community. Many partners are involved in supporting the gathering of information and a significant part of the process involves hearing the views of Child Care Operators, parents and guardians (both current and future planning) on child care issues and priorities. Based on the information gathered, Maple Ridge will be developing its own unique Child Care Action Plan that will include actions to support child care opportunities in our area.
Your responses will be summarized along with those of others; therefore, your personal anonymity will be maintained.
Sign up for an In-Person, Child Care Provider Interview
Call 604-466-4339 or email us. Limited spots available.
Date: January 9
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm (45 minute time slots)
Location: Maple Ridge Leisure Centre- 2nd Floor
Date: January 14
Time: 6:00-9:00pm (45 minute time slots)
Location: Maple Ridge Leisure Centre - Preschool Room
Are you a Parent/Guardian?
Local parents, guardians and caregivers were asked for input to help develop a strategy for improving access to child care in Maple Ridge. Our Child Care Action Plan will outline what the City, service providers and other stakeholders can do to help create new spaces.
The survey closed on December 31, 2019 and garnered 630 responses. Thank you to those of you who participated! We'll get back to you soon on the results.
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 include:
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.