Local parents, guardians and caregivers are being 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.
Take the Parent/Guardian Survey
Parents and guardians are being asked about their child care needs and challenges and to provide input on potential solutions. The survey will be open until December 31.
Attend the Parent/Guardian Focus Group
Please RSVP by calling 604-466-4339 or email us. Childminding will be provided at each session. Limited spots available.
December 7 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am Greg Moore Youth Centre (11925 Haney Place)
Are you a Child Care Provider?
Sign up for an In-Person Interview by calling 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
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.