As of now, the North Shore Community Resources Child Care Resource and Referral program is closed until further notice. This includes all outreach, workshops, and drop-in programs. This decision is based on the advice of government and public health agencies, and is an important step to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
If you require a child care referral, support with the Affordable Child Care Benefit, CCRR subscriptions, Licence not required, or group child care consultations, you can email us and staff will be available to assist you.
Please note our CCRR workshops are postponed until further notice. You may request a credit or refund when we re-open.
Our North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral program is currently partnering with the Vancouver Coastal Health licensing, to create an updated emergency childcare list for the North Shore.
We are asking all licensed childcare providers a list of questions that includes whether they are open or closed, and if open are they able to provide emergency care. This includes an intake of children with families who work in the essential service field.
Staff contact information for families looking for care is:
We have sent invitations to all CCOF providers and Universal Prototype Sites to participate in teleconference information sessions this week regarding the temporary emergency funding, and we will be adding additional teleconference dates for other child care partners in the very near future.
Please refer to the sources below for the most up to date information on COVID-19 from both Provincial and Federal resources:
For questions relating to Childcare BC Funding, please phone the Child Care Operating Funding call centre: 1 888 338-6622, Option 2.
For anyone who was interested in the Responsible Adult Course that was supposed to run April 18, 2020 for six Saturdays, we have had to cancel our course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be offering it again as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please check our newsletter in the following months for updates to our courses and workshops. Thank you for your interest in our programs and please do all you can to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.
Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
This poem, “Give Me the Wild Children” by Nicolette Sowder has a sentiment shared by many:
“Give me the wild children
with their bare feet and
sparkling eyes. The restless,
churning climbers. The wild
ones using their outside voices, singing all the way
home. Give me the wonder-filled
glorious mess makers
dreaming of mountains
and mud, aching to run through
a field of stars.”
In the book, Bringing the Outside In, Sandra Duncan and Jody Martin offer a suggestion to help children enjoy a sensory experience that could be relaxing at times and sometimes stimulating: “Playing with clay…can be very relaxing…what makes it more so is giving the experience the additional sensorial element of smell…Research has found that certain odors increase the ability to learn, create, and are calming to both children and adults… lavender, chamomile, orange and rose make you feel more relaxed…Scents like peppermint, basil, lemon, cinnamon, and rosemary help you to be more alert…
Add a few drops of scented oils or fresh herbs to clay. Children might like to experiment with a mixture of herbs and spices to achieve a smell that is stimulating or calming to them.”
Reprinted with permission from Exchange Every Day To subscribe to ExchangeEveryDay, a free daily e-newsletter, go to www.ccie.com/eed
"Wash Your Hands" by Charlotte Diamond
Charlotte Diamond shared a new song, "Wash Your Hands" that can be sung to the tune of her song, "Slippery Fish (Octopus)". While everyone is taking care not to catch or spread germs, hand washing is a good start.
Our Community Partners: John Braithwaite Community Centre; North and West Vancouver Library; Parkgate Community Centre; St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, NS ECEBC, Salvation Army, Cedarview Care Facility, Lynn Valley Care Center, Kiwanis Care Facility, Squamish Nation, Tsleil Waututh Nation and PARC Retirement Living Westerleigh.
Our Funders: The Ministry for Child and Family Development; City of North Vancouver; District of North Vancouver; District of West Vancouver and the North Shore News
About Our Organization
Our office is currently closed until further notice, but we are available remotely by phone or email.
North Shore Community Resources Society
201-935 Marine Drive
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 and Referral Program
Volunteer North Shore
Housing North Shore
Host for North Shore Inter-Agency Network.
Our office is currently closed until further notice, but we are available remotely by phone or email Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm.
New Year's Day (January 1)
Canada Day (July 1)
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas Break (December 25-January 1)
Boxing Day (December 26)
The CCRR program provides the following services:
Workshops and training courses
Library of books, music, video and resources
Equipment and toy lending
Laminating and photocopying
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.
Staff Contact Information
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