Care For Our Kids

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What is Care For Our Kids?

Care For Our Kids is a child care research project for the Central Okanagan. It’s being conducted by Urban Matters CCC on behalf of the District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Peachland, Childhood Connections and Westbank First Nation. Through research and information collection via focus groups, interviews, and a large workshop, an Action Plan will be completed by February 2020. This Action Plan will be a guide for the Province to help improve child care in the Central Okanagan.


What Communities are Involved?

Current and future child care options and needs are being assessed in six communities within the Central Okanagan:

  • District of Lake Country
  • City of Kelowna
  • Westbank First Nation
  • City of West Kelowna
  • District of Peachland

The District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, and District of Peachland collaborated with the Childhood Connections – Okanagan Family & Childcare Society to receive provincial funding through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to conduct this study and are working together because of the known crossover in child care needs between these communities.


Share Your Thoughts on Child Care In the Central Okanagan!

If you’re a parent, child care provider, working in School District 23, a social service provider, or anyone who regularly interacts with children, you can get involved and contribute.

1.   TAKE THE ONLINE SURVEY

  • What: Parents using child care services and care providers are invited to participate in a short online survey.
  • When: The online survey will be open from Sep. 9 to 30th.

2.   JOIN THE CARE FOR OUR KIDS FACEBOOK GROUP

  • What: Share your thoughts on child care in the Central Okanagan in the private Facebook group.
  • When: The Group will be open for the entirety of the project.

3. JOIN US AT A LOCAL FOCUS GROUP

  • What: A number of focus groups will be held in the six participating communities, where in-depth information and stories will be shared and collected.
  • When: September and October.

4. Volunteer to be interviewed one-on-one to share your personal story

  • What: Interviews with parents and care providers will be conducted to get a deeper understanding of unmet needs, what should be improved, and future opportunities.   
  • When: September and October.
  • Where: Contact Urban Matters CCC if you are interested in sharing your story.

Interested in participating? Have questions? Get in touch.


Why Is This Project Happening Now?

In September 2018, British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) announced two new funding programs. These new funding programs will help government better understand local child care needs across the province and influence the creation of future child care spaces.

Care For Our Kids is a regional assessment, research, and planning project that is a result of funding received from MCFD. While this doesn’t mean immediate changes in child care for Central Okanagan families, the information created as a result of this project could be used to advocate for future improvement.

More information about the funding programs can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions About Care For Our Kids

Do I have to pay to participate in this project?

No. Participating in this project, sharing your thoughts, and voicing your opinion is completely free. Please have your say and share your thoughts regarding child care in the Central Okanagan.

Why do you need me?

Community input and your lived experience are needed to drive improvements for the future of child care. For the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to understand why and where to invest in future child care programs, they need to understand the challenges you currently experience.

I live in Peachland but my child care provider is in Kelowna. Can I still participate in this project?

Yes! Because of the collaborative nature of this project, people living in Lake Country, Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation are all invited to share their thoughts and experiences. These communities are working together on this project because of the known crossover in child care needs.

If I want to participate, who will I speak with?

Urban Matters CCC is facilitating this project and organizing engagement opportunities until Winter 2020.

What happens when the research and engagement is over?

The project team expects the final Action Plan to be finished by February 2020 for each partner municipality. The Action Plan and inventory will then be shared with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). This project and its findings may influence MCFD’s future investments in child care programs.

Can you help me find child care?

If you’re looking for child care, please visit Childhood Connections’ referral tool.