Thursday, December 5, 2019
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#2019-29

Share your childcare experience with us!
Pitt Meadows launching Child Care Needs Assessment

PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City is launching a child care survey for parents and caregivers to help understand the child care needs of the community and inform the City’s Child Care Needs Assessment, which will be completed in early 2020. The survey is available online at haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca from December 5, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

“By learning about the experience of families accessing child care and child care providers in our community, we hope to identify gaps, so we can develop a future action plan,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall. “This work is aligned with the City’s strategic priority of Balanced Economic Prosperity and our commitment to promote accessible and affordable transportation, daycare and housing opportunities to help families and businesses thrive.”

Complete the parent/caregiver survey until January 31
A survey is available online now for parents, guardians and caregivers of children between the ages of 0 and 12 years. If you are currently accessing child care, have had difficulty accessing child care or plan to access child care in the future, we would like to hear from you! Complete the survey at haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca until January 31.

Background
Earlier this year, the City announced that it had received grant funding from the Province of B.C.’s Community Child Care Planning program being administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). Pitt Meadows is one of more than 70 communities in the province that will complete a needs assessment to identify their communities’ needs to help plan for child care in the future and inform potential future investments by the Province.

A child care action plan will enable the City to:

  • better understand current capacity,
  • identify shortfalls,
  • establish overall community needs, create an inventory of child care spaces, and
  • determine 10-year targets for space creation.

As part of this process, the City will engage with the community, including existing daycare providers, parents, Katzie First Nation, School District 42, local preschools and special interest groups to ensure that the needs, priorities and values of Pitt Meadows families are understood and incorporated into the plan. All of the action items identified in the plan will closely align with the City’s Official Community Plan and Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan, which is expected to be completed in 2020.

Additional engagement opportunities will be available for child care providers in the new year.

 

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge,
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows
cbaldridge@pittmeadows.bc.ca
p. 604.460.6704

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