Childcare Referral Information

The Child Care Resource & Referral Centre assists parents with their search for quality child care.  If you require a list of child care options please phone the office during business hours and we would be happy to email a list based on your requirements. You can also complete our ONLINE REQUEST FORM.

Once we receive your request you will receive a list a childcare options matching the information you have submitted. If you have questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You will need to contact each program to find out if they have availability. We encourage parents to continue to contact as many childcare programs regularly. Spaces in our community can quickly change from day to day.

FEE Reduction Program

We are excited about the government Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative program which recently announced an increase in support effective December 1, 2022. Parents will be informed of how this change will affect childcare fees as more information becomes available. Please follow the link to learn more.

Affordable Child Care Benefit

ACCB applications are available at Childhood Connections CCRR office or visit the BC Government website for more information. The CCRR team will help you apply for the affordable child care benefit by using the online portal.  You will need to have a child care arrangement form completed

Do you qualify for ACCB?   

Once you find a child care provider you can submit an application online.  Staff at the Child Care Resource & Referral Program office are available to assist with your online application.

Interior Health Inspection Reports

Interior Health Concerns

Early Learning Toy & Resource Library
To view the library online follow this link. You do not need to have a login to view.

Ages & Stages Questionnaires is a developmental and social-emotional assessment tool.

Please visit Childhood Connections Okanagan Family & Childcare Society www.childhoodconnections.ca for more information on childcare and other parenting resources!

Accessing Quality Child Care

Child Care Map – For Provincial Child Care information visit the Ministry of Education and Childcare Map.

Rental Assistance Program

Make Your Rent More Affordable?  Rental Assistance Program, visit: call BC Housing at 1-800-257-7756 outside the Lower Mainland or visit their website.

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Cindy Polachic (she/her)

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) Consultant

Childhood Connections Okanagan Family & Childcare Society

250-762-3536 x 1

NEW: 101-1505 Harvey Ave. Kelowna, BC, V1V 1G6

www.childhoodconnections.ca

The Child Care Resource & Referral Centres are Funded by the Province of BC – http://www.ccrr.bc.ca/

I acknowledge with deep respect and gratitude that I am a guest on the unceded and traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan People, where I am privileged to live, work, and raise my family. I will continue to honor and respect the land that I am a guest on by learning alongside my children about the history of the land and Sylix People who are the original stewards of this land since time immemorial.

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Our community is currently experiencing a childcare crisis as there is a lack of childcare educators (ECEs) and childcare providers in our community. Much of this is due to the general staffing shortage in our community, and low wages paid for childcare sector jobs, and lack of affordable housing and living in our community. Our Childcare Council is working hard in the background to support an end to the crisis, and every voice helps – especially parent voices! Please email our Minister of Child Care,  Honourable Katrina Chen, and your local MLAs and MP about your challenges with finding childcare in our Central Okanagan community.

Minister of Child Care,  MLA: Honourable Katrina Chen  Website

Norm Letnick, MLA, Kelowna-Lake Country  Website

Renee Merrifield MLA, Kelowna-Mission Website

Ben Stewart MLA, Kelowna West Website

Tracy Gray – Member of Parliament Kelowna-Lake Country Website