May is Child Care Month
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May is Child Care Month 2016 
Proclamation of Child Care Month
Provincial and North Shore Proclamations
The Province of BC as well as the City and District of North Vancouver declare official proclamations for May is Child Care Month.  This is a formal acknowledgement of the value of child care in our society. 

The District of West Vancouver does not do proclamations, however, West Vancouver demonstrates its strong support for the early years through the Properties Family Hub, which is celebrating its second year; presenting early years workshops for families and child care providers; hosting a dinner, in partnership with the West Vancouver School District and the Family Hub, for early childhood educators, and reviewing and updating the District Child Care Plan in consultation with the child care community. 

We are fortunate that all three municipalities value child care, the work of child care professionals, the contribution it makes to the health of our community, and have a collaborative approach to advocating and maximizing resources for child care on the North Shore.

Read the proclamations: 

The Proclamation from the Province of British Columbia
The Proclamation from the City of North Vancouver
The Proclamation from the District of North Vancouver
The North Shore Child Care Facts
  • There are approximately 17,327 children under the age of 10 yrs. on the North Shore (BC Statistics 2016 projections)
  • Child care spaces on the North Shore: 5,943 (as of December 2016 database – up 284 spaces from December of 2015)
  • If only half the population needs child care, spaces accommodate about 68% of need.  This estimate is an improvement on 2015.
  • Average monthly cost of child care on the North Shore ranges from $850.00 to $1,250.00, depending on the type of care (2014 NSCR/CCRR Fee Survey)
  • Current child care vacancies on the North Shore may be more reflective of the high cost or other contributing factors than lack of need/demand.
  • Average hourly wage of child care professionals ranges from $14.47 to $22.89 depending on training and level of responsibility (2014 NSCR/CCRR Wage Survey)
  • It is getting increasingly difficult for families to find and afford child care and, as a result, many families are patching together care arrangements for their children which can be insecure and stressful.
We congratulate our community child care providers!
North Shore Community Resources Society and the North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program would like to thank our child care providers for the valuable work and support you provide to families as well as the health and economic support to our community. 

Watch for our Thank You ad in the North Shore News on Sunday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 18th
Appreciation of Child Care Providers
Families, employers, communities, and the economy rely on child care to ensure that people can go to work, go to school, perform community services, and have essential family support while supporting children in healthy development. May is a time to acknowledge this contribution for the professionalism and dedication of our child care providers.

Here are some ideas to express this appreciation:
  • Personal thank you notes or letters – can be gathered in a book.
  • Gather contributions for a goodie basket for your child care provider/s.
  • Book or item purchased for the child care centre.
  • Certificate of appreciation, achievement, etc.
  • Gifts or gift certificates – from local a business or services.
  • Volunteer services (e.g. doing a project for the centre, cleaning, yard work, etc.)
  • Bring or send flowers – make or buy corsages
  • Write a letter of appreciation to the editor of your newspaper.
  • Nominate your child care provider for one of the many community awards.
  • Host a breakfast or lunch or bring breakfast or lunch.
  • Create a special appreciation bulletin board or poster with messages to each child care provider from parents and children.
  • Ask local businesses to offer a discount event on purchases to child care providers.
CCRR Workshops in May
For CCRR Subscribers and Registered Licence Not Required (RLNR) Clients: 
  • Visit
  • Click on Log In at the top of the website.
  • Click on Forgotten Password in order to receive an initial password.
  • Enter your email address and click Continue.
  • You will receive an email immediately with your password.
  • Now you can Log In with your email and new password. You can change your password by going to your Account at anytime.
  • Shop for your workshop(s).
  • To check out, use either the Check Out tab or click on the basket in the top right corner.
  • Pay with credit card via Pay Pal. If there is a problem, you will get a message and you will need to recheck the number, use another card, etc. Registration is not complete until your payment is confirmed.
  • North Shore CCRR RLNR clients will be processed as free.
  • Once payment confirmed, the system will add you to the attendance list for each registered workshop.
  • You will receive an online receipt.
  • A workshop is full at maximum capacity. There are no wait lists for workshops.
  • It is important to update us if there is any change in your email address.

If you are not a CCRR Program Subscriber: 
  • Visit
  • Register by clicking on Create an Account and follow the registration process. 
  • You may want to subscribe to get the reduced workshop rate.  
  • To subscribe, contact Fariba Aghdassi at or at 604-982-3314. When your subscription is processed, you will be notified to go online and register as a CCRR Program Subscriber. 

Register at:
To download the complete registration guide, please click here.

Workshop Reminder: 
*Registration for workshops must be done on line and in advance. We do not do registration at the door at the time of the workshop. The registration link is in the workshop section of this newsletter.
*If you are registering for more than one person, please note the names of the people attending in the Comments section. If there is a change in attendance, please try and inform us so that we know the name of the person registered and the name of the person replacing the registrant.
Thank you!
Why Should We Let Children Have Uninterrupted Play? 

TITLE: Why Should We Let Children Have Uninterrupted Play? 
DATE: May 12, 2016
TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m                    
PRESENTER: Margo Running

Almost full! Only two spots remaining. 
Tools for Mindfulness
TITLE: Tools for Mindfulness
DATE: May 26, 2016  
TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m                   
PRESENTER: Christine Mann

From the sphere of ancient spiritual wisdom and traditions, learn ways to reflect on the nature of the mind and on becoming open to experiencing life and working fully in the present.  Mindful practice is helpful in any child care program, in any classroom, for any teacher and with every child. 
Margaret Crook Workshop Scholarship
North Shore Community Resources Society, North Shore CCRR Program annually awards a scholarship at a May workshop to a current subscriber of our service. The winning subscriber will be able to attend workshops free of charge for the next year. This scholarship is in honour of Margaret Crook who volunteered with the Child Care Resource and Referral Program for 17 years. Margaret moved to Ontario and is still going strong in her late 80s. This was our lasting way to honour her contribution as well as honour a child care provider or parent who values continuing knowledge in early childhood education. The winner will be featured in the first CCRR newsletter after May and have their name engraved on the Margaret Crook Award plaque that is displayed in the North Shore Community Resources office.
 May Story Month for Child Care Centres
North Shore Community Resources in partnership with community libraries are sponsoring special story time for child care facilities. Librarians will be booking story time with child care facilities as a May is Child Care Month activity. This will provide a special activity, enhance the story telling skills of child care staff and build a stronger connection to your community library.
Group Child Care Administrator’s Network - May Meeting
Mindfulness in Your Child Care Practice   
SPEAKER: Christine Mann          
DATE: May 18th, 2016       
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
LOCATION: Community Room, Capilano Mall       

Administrators and Managers of group child care facilities, join us for an inspiring talk, information sharing and a light lunch. 

Please RSVP your attendance to Tunde Getaneh at
2016 Family Play Day in Heywood Park
Current Child Care Advocacy Initiatives
The BC $10.00 a Day Child Care Plan


Two pieces of good news!

First, we’re thrilled to launch the 2016 edition of the $10aDay Plan! It’s still the Plan you know and support – updated to reflect the new federal context and the unstoppable enthusiasm for the Plan across BC.  Find out more at

The second piece of good news is that the new federal government’s first budget committed $500 million in 2017/2018 to support early learning and child care for Canadian families. Importantly, the budget stated unequivocally that quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience – it’s a necessity. How refreshing to see this acknowledgement!
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada is one of four national organizations advocating for the Federal and Provincial governments to work together to achieve a long awaited national child care plan.

Read more HERE.
North Shore CCRR Program Facts for 2015
  • 564 people attended workshops and training
  • 3,500 adults and children attended drop in programs
  • 193 people borrowed resources and equipment from our library
  • 8,934 total contacts with child care providers over the year
  • 641 parents received child care referrals and 495 community service referrals
  • 702 clients received assistance with child care subsidy and computer access
  • 9,206 total contacts with parents and community partners
  • 7,097 hits to the Connect for Kids website -
  • 41,216 hits to the Child Care pages on the NSCR website -
  • 10,119 hits to Vancouver Coastal Regional CCRR website –
  • 18,140 total client contacts for NSCR, Child and Family Programs for 2015
Thank You
We wish to thank...
Our volunteer: Rose Olson
Our Community Partners: John Braithwaite Community Centre; District of North Vancouver – Lynn Valley Library; Parkgate Community Centre; St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, North Vancouver

Our Funders: The Ministry for Child and Family Development; City of North Vancouver;  District of North Vancouver; District of West Vancouver; Modern Mama – North Shore; and the North Shore News  
About Our Organization 
North Shore Community Resources Society
201-935 Marine Drive (Capilano Mall),
North Vancouver, BC  V7P 1S3
A non-profit society with a variety of information and support services, including:
  • Information North Shore
  • Legal information and advocacy
  • North Shore Caregiver Support Program
  • Seniors' One Stop Information
  • North Shore Better at Home Program
  • North Shore Child Care Resource Program
  • Volunteer North Shore
  • Housing North Shore
  • Host for WECAN, Middle Childhood Matters, and North Shore Inter-Agency Network.
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
The CCRR is open until 8:00pm only on the dates when there is a workshop running.  
Office Closed
New Year's Day (January 1)
Family Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
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Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Boxing Day (December 26)

The CCRR program provides the following services:
  • Newsletters
  • Workshops and training courses
  • Library of books, music, video and resources
  • Equipment and toy lending
  • Laminating and photocopying
  • Job postings
  • Computer access
  • Referrals to child care facilities
As well as support and consultation for parents, child care providers and the community. For other information and resources please check our website.

North Shore Community Resources CCRR Staff

For a list of the CCRR staff members and their contact information, please click here.
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