The important work that we do in the early years to educate our future leaders is vital for the successful future of our community. Before the age of 5, 85% of brain development occurs. This means the quality of a child’s experiences in the first few years of life is critical to their lifelong success.
Care for Our Kids! A Collaborative Approach to Understanding Child Care in the Central Okanagan.
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.
Childcare Council of Central Okanagan
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). We were also excited to support the four Central Okanagan municipalities with their successful UMBC grant application to receive funding for a childcare needs assessment that will deliver an Action Plan to the municipalities upon completion of the research study in March 2020.
The table meets bi-monthly and our next meeting is on April 3, 2020 at 9:00am – 11:30am at Starbright Children’s Development Centre. At this meeting, we’ll be finalizing plans for our community event to share the latest Early Development Instrument (EDI) Wave 7 Data Event to share the latest information from UBC.
One of our newly joined members recently thanked us for inviting them “to be part of this revolutionary movement to support our little one”. The COEYP Table (formerly CATCH) has existed in our community for over 20 years, and has an open invitation to any agency, business or community partner who would like to support and advocate for children and families in their successful and healthy growth and development.
The Table also continues to support the Family Screen-Time Research Project that they funded in the past two years in partnership with UBC-O, Project Literacy and Childhood Connections, and updates can be found at https://familyscreentime.ca/
And the Table supported the Unplug & Play – Family Literacy Week Event that saw over 900 families come out to participate at the Event at Parkinson Recreation Centre.
UBC Okanagan researchers, in collaboration with Project Literacy, Childhood Connections, and the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership, have launched the family screen time project. This project has included: