Childcare Council of Central Okanagan (CCofCO)

The Childcare Council is a collaborative group representing the communities of the Central Okanagan. The focus of the group is to discuss, plan and create innovative ideas to enhance the childcare sector of Central Okanagan municipalities.

Child Care Matters for Municipalities

Childcare Needs Assessment

Earlier this year, 2020, the council was excited to support the four Central Okanagan municipalities with their successful Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) grant application to receive funding for a childcare needs assessment that delivered an Action Plan to the municipalities upon completion of the research study in March 2020.

The Childcare needs Assessment resulted in the Care for Our Kids project. Read about it here.

Recruitment & Retention for the Early Care and Learning Sector


This program year, the focus of the Council was on networking and management training opportunities to connect the childcare sector’s resources to better support the childcare sector crisis with their struggle to staff newly created spaces. Part of the Council’s work focused on advocating for increased wages to Early Childhood Educators (ECEs).

Council Members 2020/2021:

Danielle Miranda
YMCA Okanagan
Lianna Michaylow
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
Terri Russell
ECE Okanagan College
Hailey Rilkoff
City of West Kelowna
Cheryl Fralick
Caroline Noga
The Clubhouse
Jennifer Robins
Yvonne Stauble
Child Care Resource & Referral
Betty Cleland
ECE Instructor
Tom Clark
City of Kelowna
Holly Flinkman
District of Lake Country
Robert Southam
For the Kids Daycare
Cyndy Mymka
Kid’s Corner
Rhonda Ovelson
School District 23
Melissa Hunt
Childhood Connections
Amanda Worms
Carla Hees
Sprott Shaw
Amy Wesley
ECPN Pedagogist
Justine D’Amico
New Beginnings
Shauna Stewart
Interior Health Licensing