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 Michaylowa
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
Terry Russel
Okanagan College
Cheryl Fralick
Elizabeth Ulrich
Joanne Muller
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
Cindy Mimka
Kids’ Place
Rhonda Ovelson
Scholl District 23
Melissa Hunt
Childhood Connections