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Manager's Letter 
I think summer brings a different rhythm to child care. The schedule might be a little more relaxed with more outdoor activities, field trips to activities and community locations, and groups a bit smaller due to family vacations. 

This brings its own kind of rejuvenation as a change in pace and programming brings a different energy and focus to our interactions. Hopefully, many child care providers will be able to have a well-earned vacation. 

We are heading into summer with some staff changes. Fran Jones is retiring after more than a decade as the Coordinator of the Connect for Kids, North Shore Early Years Planning Table. Fran has done an outstanding job for the community and leaves the legacy of several projects and a vibrant, cohesive planning table to carry on. Some of the accomplishments of this collaborative table have been the resources and awareness of Child Rights, Oh Baby Fair, and the Family Play Day. 

We welcome Kerry Watts as the Coordinator for the Connect for Kids Planning Table for the coming year and continue to seek funding to continue the important work of this table. 

Kerry’s move to the Coordinator of the Early Years Table will mean recruitment for the remaining two years of the Early Years Vulnerability Project. One year of this project is completed with recommendations from the Early Years Vulnerability report being initiated in the identified neighbourhoods. By the time you read this, a posting will have been circulated for this position. 

With the North Shore’s success in receiving funding for the North Shore Early Years Centre, we will look forward to establishing the connections and services for implementation. Maria Morisseau, as you will read below, is the Coordinator and is already doing the groundwork and work plan to move this project forward. 

I wish everyone and safe, fun, and relaxing summer and look forward to our continued work together. 

June Maynard, Manager
Parent and Child Resource Programs
2016 Children & Family Directory 
In partnership with the North Shore News, North Shore Community Resources Society produces the annual Children & Family Directory. The directory provides information about community services and programs to families with children 0 – 12 years of age.
You are welcome to add the Directory link below to your website:

Please contact NSCR at 604-985-7138 or at if you would like a supply of Children & Family Directories for your organization or facility. Thank you.
North Shore Early Years Centre Update
Many of you may know by now that Maria Morisseau will be the Coordinator of the North Shore Early Years Centre. Congratulations Maria!  We are very pleased to have Maria on board for this journey.

Maria comes to us with over twenty years of experience in the field of early childhood education and community development. She has held positions in child care administration, advocacy and the development of child care spaces. Maria worked for North Shore Community Resources Society for twelve years and was the previous Coordinator for the Community Action Program for Children for the North Shore. She is currently the Community Development Project Coordinator for North Shore Neighbourhood House and in this role, manages and coordinates partnerships and programs at three elementary schools to support vulnerable families. Maria will continue to combine this position with her new role of EYC Coordinator. 

Maria started the position this month, taking initial steps such as reviewing the strategic plan, initiating a work plan, connecting with partners, and confirming sites and services. More details to come.
Christmas In July? 2016 NSCR Office Closure
Please note, the North Shore Community Resources office will be closed as of the end of the day, Friday Dec. 23rd, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday January 3rd, 2017.
TITLE: Social Skills Development
DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Andrea James 
BIO: Andrea James is currently an ECE instructor at Langara College, having previously spent 15 with the Supported Child Development Program at the BC Centre for Ability. Andrea has been an early childhood educator for over 25 years.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Join this participatory session to learn about the importance of promoting and teaching social skills to young children. See what research tells us about the link between social skills and school success and learn practical ideas to support social skill development to help reduce challenging behaviour in young children.


TITLE: Questioning our Biases
DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Lesley Richardson 
BIO: Lesley is an experienced Early Childhood Educator and Instructor, with a passion for introducing anti-bias/diversity education in the early years. She has worked in adult education for many years, recently retiring as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator from Vancouver Community College. She now works as a consultant and speaker in the early education field and continues to mentor and teach ECE students. Lesley also collaborated recently on updating and revising Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre’s curriculum, Safe Spaces: Bullying Prevention for Preschool-Aged Children.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for professional growth and development of our own self-awareness on this topic. Objectives:
  • To define bias and discrimination.
  • To discuss ways of uncovering personal bias as a way of developing self-awareness.
  • To understand how greater self-awareness leads to developing comfort levels in working with diversity in the ECE field.
  • To set personal goals to develop an anti-bias approach to working with others.
Suitable for all early learning child care professionals working with children of any age, including children with extra support needs, parents, instructors and administrators.

TITLE: Understanding Anxiety: Learning How Fear Impacts Behaviour
DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Kirsten Bevelander

BIO:  Kirsten Bevelander is a Child Care Advisor who works for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. This position is a part of the CCRR Program, funded by MCFD.  The advisors visit child care providers and Aboriginal centers around the province and provide support through training, and sharing of resources.  Kirsten has worked with children and families for over 25 years, specializing in toddler care, literacy learning and Aboriginal Supported Child Development. She is also an instructor for the Burnaby ECE Continuing Education Program. Kirsten brings a unique perspective to her teaching as a parent of three "twice exceptional" children

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Anxiety is a deceptive disability that masks the true feelings and motivations of individuals. Children’s real or perceived fears will often show up in challenging forms of behaviour. If we as caregivers react to these behaviours we only cement the underlying anxiety and end up increasing the overall problem. In this interactive workshop we will explore: how anxiety sometimes looks in children, how to see beyond the surface behaviour, and how to understand the underlying fears. We will discuss strategies that support all children in reducing anxiety and learning to take appropriate risks.

TITLE: Make & Take
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 17, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Tina Spencer
BIO: Tina Spencer is an Early Childhood Educator at St. Catherine Preschool in North Vancouver.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This workshop is all about where preschool teachers and parents can create colourful felt and foam stories and activities to promote learning and entertainment in preschoolers. Certificates of hours given upon completion of workshops. Please make sure you bring a pair of sharp scissors, and trays or cookie sheets to take home your wet projects. Make sure you wear grubby clothes or bring an apron!!

TITLE: Managing Transitions
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 24, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTERS: Carolyn Sullivan
BIO:  Carolyn Sullivan has been involved in Early Childhood Education and Care for over 30 years working in preschool, daycare and community programs. She has a passion for supporting children who are communicating their needs through challenging behavior. Currently she works as a Supported Child Development consultant on the north shore

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: For both children and adults transitions between activities or between home and childcare can be both stressful and frustrating.  During this session participants will be presented with strategies to use before, during, and after both types of transitions to promote independence and set a positive tone in your relationships with children and families.  There will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on current routines examining what works as well as what might be changed.

TITLE: To Be Updated
DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: To Be Updated

Save the date!

A fun December 8th workshop is in the planning stages and you won't want to miss it. 


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!
Parents' Page
Boredom: Why It’s Good For Kids

This article by Erica Simmonds, BC Council for Families, originally appeared on the BC Council for Families’ website, and is reprinted with permission.

While summer programs are a great opportunity for children to make friends, have fun and be active, children also need down time to play, explore and even be bored. 

From day camps to swimming and soccer lessons there are no shortage of programs to keep your children busy during the summer school break. 

Being bored, occasionally, experts say is good for children as it encourages them to think for themselves, come up with their own games and activities, take responsibility, be creative and use their imaginations. It can boost their confidence, allowing them to test their limits and discover and hone their interests. For example, a child might choose to pursue her interest in drawing, and then go outside and test herself by seeing just how far she can climb up a tree. 

Encouraging children to use their downtime to play outside is also a good way to make sure they are getting enough exercise. ParticipAction recently gave Canadian children a D- on their overall levels of physical activity. Their report emphasized the importance of allowing children to take risks and engage in self-directed outdoor activity at home, in school, in childcare settings, in the community and in nature. Spending time in nature, in various weather conditions, allows kids to test their boundaries and manage risk in their lives while being active and having fun. 

Tips for encouraging self-directed play
  • Schedule down-time
  • Give notice of when downtime is going to take place, and let your children know they will need to think of ways to entertain themselves 
  • Do not let children turn on the television or computer 
  • Provide your children with books and arts and crafts supplies
  • Encourage your children to go outside and play
If your children are having trouble thinking of activities, or are complaining about being bored, feel free to give them some ideas. Today’s Parent has a printable version of games and activities you can cut up and put in a box or jar for children to pull out when they get bored.

Erica Simmonds enjoys writing and promoting healthy families in healthy communities through our website, publications and social media. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and Social Anthropology, and a Certificate in Creative Writing. Erica believes that supporting families leads to a stronger and more vibrant society.
Transition to Child Care Tips
Below is an article by Sue Irwin, Vancouver Coastal CCRR Regional Coordinator on tips for parents to help their kids transition to their child care program.
Once you have found and enrolled in a child care program, the next step is to start! All children react differently to starting in a new environment. Some are teary, while others happily run to the toys, and some go through phases for months!
Here are a few tips from families to families: Transition to Child Care Tips PDF.docx

Legal Information Resources for Children and Youth
This list of legal information resources is designed to provide B.C. children, youth, and the people helping them with legal issues with information about relevant resources. It lists legal information resources by legal issue, providing the name of the resource, a link, and information about the format and languages in which the resource is available
The age of majority in British Columbia is 19 years old. That’s the age when someone legally becomes an adult and can do things like vote in an election. However, there are some things that young people can do before they legally become an adult.

Young people in British Columbia gain the legal right to perform specific activities at different ages.
The link below provides a quick summary of aged-based rights for youth.
Information on our Library
The Child Care Resource Program's library is designed to encourage a richly diverse learning environment.  We have dramatic play, story, and science displays to help stimulate ideas for parents, child care providers, teachers, and students. 

We have over 2000 books, videos and equipment on a variety of topics related to Early Childhood Education, Child Care Programming, Child Development, Parenting, and children’s books.

The library is divided into various categories including books on parenting.
  • Parenting (code PAR)-this is a large group of books covering all kinds of parenting issues from babyhood to teenage. This is a good place to browse for general information and for help with specific problems.
We also have Information Packages (Resource kits) on a variety of topics such as separation, anxiety, sleep problems, temper tantrums, self- esteem, new baby, etc. Each package includes a variety of articles as well as children’s books related to the topic.

We also have many books for children-From toddlers to teens.

Resources are available for loan, no charge, to all subscribers of the Child Care Resource & Referral Program.

To subscribe please contact Fariba Aghdassi.

Phone (direct line):  604-982-3314 or by e-mail at

 Or you can call our office at 604-985-7138.

Articles and Resources
Activities For Summer

Check out these fun activities found on Pinterest HERE
Intellectual Development 

Training and Professional Development
Where To Take Workshops: A List 
Are you looking for more places to take workshops? 
While we cannot guarantee that workshops listed will meet the requirements of the ECE Registry, we have compiled a list of places where you could potentially gain your professional development hours for ECE renewal. Please note that this list for your referral purposes only and we do not endorse or promote any of the agencies or organizations listed. 

Click HERE for the list: Where To Take Workshops
North Shore Early Childhood Conference Registration 
Foundations Of Child Care Course
Do you need the certification as a responsible Adult working in Licensed Child Care? Do you want to work in School-Age-Care? Do you want to start your own Family child Care? Do you need to train a helper?

Study the Foundations of Child Care Course! Next course offered will start September 24, 2016.
Please find the flyer and registration form 
HERE. Or go to our website.

Workshops At Westcoast Child Care Resource Society
A number of workshops are open for registration at the Westcoast Child Care Resource Society. Titles include: 
  • Chemical Awareness
  • Safe Spaces: Bullying Prevention for Pre-School Aged Children
  •  A Place Less Ordinary: Design in Child Care
  • Superhero Play
  • How Our Energy Affects Children 
  • Teaching the Hurt Child
  • Child Growth & Development: Revisiting the Basics
  • Yoga with Children: Cats, Bridges, and Trees
  • Social Learning/Cognitive Theory - Its Role and Importance in ECE
  • Creating Deeper Connections: Weaving Metis Culture and History through the Sash Colours
  • Child Care Licensing Regulations: The What and The Why? 
For more details on these workshops, click HERE for their flyer. 
Roots Of Empathy: Changing The World Child By Child

Roots of Empathy's mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.  Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based elementary classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing aggression among school children while increasing pro-social behaviours like sharing, including and empathy.  To see a 2 minute video of the program in action click here.

We are currently recruiting people to be trained as Instructors to deliver the program in local elementary school classrooms for the 2016 – 17 school year.  All new Instructors are required to deliver in Kindergarten or Grade 1 classrooms for 2 years.  We welcome people from a variety of educational and vocational backgrounds. 

To find out more please contact Christine Shepherd at or 604-713-5230 today!

Gathering Strength and Nurturing Growth - November 10-12, 2016

Save the Date!
Early bird registration for the BCACCS 19th Annual Provincial Training Conference opens in August.

The quality of early learning programs and culturally appropriate instructional strategies affect a child’s readiness for school. This year’s offerings of workshops and special speakers will encourage delegates to grow and continue in their efforts to provide innovative tools for young children to develop strong spirits for the future.

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC)

Click HERE for the conference details.
Learning Journey Grants
The Vancouver Reggio Consortium Society (VRCS) is a non-profit society formed by a group of Vancouver area early childhood educators, elementary teachers, child care providers, university and college professors, and interested parents. The Learning Journey Grant project invites applicants who are interested in exploring how the pedagogical principles of Reggio Emilia interact with West Coast contexts, including history, images of children, educators, and families.
These Learning Journey Grants honour the legacy of Susan Fraser - teacher, mentor, inspiration. ​Susan Fraser is a long time North Shore resident and has been a remarkable mentor to many - child and adult alike.  Her book, Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom, has inspired educators across Canada and around the world. 

Find out more at
Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship Deadline July 31, 2016
Elder Mary Thomas was a highly respected Neskonlith Elder of the Secwepmec (Shuswap) Nation in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. We have named our early childhood education (ECE) scholarship in honour of her lifetime of commitment to the health and well-being of Aboriginal children.

Each year we recognize two Aboriginal ECE students for highest overall achievement including; academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. Apply now!

Contact or call 604-913-9128 ext. 227 for more information.
The 2016/2017 Margaret Crook Workshop Winner: Maryam Poursomeh
Here is Maryam’s child care biography:

When I was living in Vienna, Austria I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Pedagogy. Then 17 years ago I immigrated to Canada and started taking ECE courses at Lucas Centre. Once I completed my ECE at Lucas Centre I went on to complete my Infant/Toddler certification at Capilano University. For nine years I worked at different daycares before opening and running my own centre. I'm glad to work in this community and enjoy caring for all the amazing children at Stella Childcare Centre.

Congratulations Maryam!
Announcements and Events
Next Admin Network Meeting - October 

The next Admin Network Meeting will be on October 26th from 11:30AM - 1:30 PM.
Free Park Programs In North Vancouver
North Shore - Community Care Facilities Licensing

Criminal Record Check Clearances
Of late there has been a huge back log of CRC for both new applications, renewals and those to be processed using a sharing form.

This makes things problematic when programs are attempting to hire new staff as a current CRC clearance must reflect the program where a staff is working and not one from any other program or centre. This issue has been forwarded to the Health Authority Licensing Council and to the Provincial Government. It is my understanding that extra staff and overtime is being used and the back log may have resulted from the first 5 year renewal process. It appears that direct on-line applications are not taking as long so we encourage you to take advantage of that process.
Early Childhood Educators
It appears that we are also experiencing a lack of qualified staff on the North Shore and despite efforts to hire and enrol staff we are seeing a shortage. The North Shore Child Care Planning committee is considering a task force to see if any solution to this challenge can be made. It has been encouraged for programs to offer incentives such as transit passes and desirable salaries and benefits be provided to retain staff. (Of note if centre staff are current Provincial ECEBC members there is a benefit package and insurance available for all categories of care – Check out at the ECEBC website)
Director of Licensing Standard of Practice – Active Play
The Ministry of Health has posted the Director of Licensing Standard of Practice – Active Play on their website. Vancouver Coastal Health Licensing will be providing information sessions in due course as to what will be required to be in compliance with this legislation. The actual standard is not intended to be required until Fall of 2017. We are just sharing this information as we have received several inquiries as to what will be required in regards to operations and policies. We will provide updates as they become available to our Licensing Teams.
Building Code
In late 2014 there were some building code changes with the requirement of sprinkler systems where children under the age of 30 months are in care. Please be aware of this fact when considering changing any category of care or with any expansions. This is in regard to child care programs located in Residential premises and not in commercial or assembly programs.
North Shore Licensing Staff
Please be advised that in the coming weeks we have two experienced Child Care Licensing Officers assisting with inspection. We welcome Therese Joseph who will be returning and also Purcell Grey who was with CCRR here on the north shore before being a Licensing Officer with the Richmond team. A reminder if you do not know these ladies you are perfectly fine to ask for their VCH identification
Glenda Burrows and the North Shore Licensing Team.
Child Care Subsidy Renewal Process
NEW! Subsidy Claim Forms For All Licensed Child Care Providers Are Now Online!

The link to the Service Provider Portal to request access is now fully functional:
Website to sign up for online billing.  No more claim forms – just sign in, enter your billing and payments go direct deposit (if they are set up for direct deposit) within 5 business days.  Claim forms are not being mailed out to licensed child care providers because this option is the preferred method and saves much paper and time for all concerned.
Here is the link to the direct deposit forms for child care providers who are interested in having their payments immediately deposited to their bank account (Note: ALL child care providers can have payments directly deposited ie. not just licensed child care providers):
The other features of the portal include access 24/7 and the ability to see approved Benefit Plans without having to call the Child Care Subsidy Center or wait for the approved Benefit Plan in the mail.

The ability to see an approved CCS Benefit Plan is almost REAL time, which is amazing J….and saves that phone call to CCS.
West Vancouver Memorial Library - Events 

Storytime at John Lawson Park | All Ages
Wednesdays, July 13th – August 24th
10:30 – 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs and rhymes at the park! Storytime will be held next to the playground (weather permitting). If it is raining, join us for storytime at the Library.
Properties Family Hub Storytime | All Ages
Thursdays, August 4th – 25th
11:00 – 11:30am
A chance for families to hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes. Whenever possible, librarians will let you know how to modify an activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
This program is offered in partnership with the Properties Family Hub Society and takes place in the portable classroom at Chartwell Elementary School.
Summer Reading Club 2016
It’s not too late to sign up for Summer Reading Club!
We have clubs for preschoolers, kids and teens.
Read-To-Me Club | Pre-Readers
Sharing books and visiting the Library regularly are two valuable gifts you can give your child. Join a club designed for parents with children who cannot yet read independently. Keep a record of the reading and fun literacy challenges you have done together in a special booklet and drop-in for weekly stickers, stamps and reading suggestions.
Summer Reading Club | Grades K – 7
Get ready for a summer of fun! Members will receive a package including a Reading Record, Bookmark, Challenge Sheet, and Calendar of Events. Report your readings and learning challenges, and attend special programs for a chance to win fabulous prizes. A great way to spend your holidays! Check out to discover this year’s theme.
Teen Reading Club | Grades 7 – 12
Designed especially for teen readers, this club offers a prize for every third book read.
Hot Summer Nights 
Lynn Valley Church Offers Families Room To Grow
Life in a church community can help nurture both children and parents in body, mind and spirit. St. Clement’s Anglican Church in Lynn Valley welcomes families with a fun Sunday morning “Godly Play” time, a youth group, family camping weekends, all-ages parties and games nights, and special events such as a pet blessing service.
But enjoyable as these activities are, it is something less tangible that Audrey and Philip most value. These Lynn Valley parents bring their four children to St. Clement’s as a way of slowing down the pace of their busy world – for one day of the week, at least. Even on those Sunday mornings when it is hard to get everyone out the door, Audrey says that “by the time the service is over, we have all re-set ourselves in a peaceful way.”
She continues: “If we go a week without church, all the days seem to run into each other.” She and Philip try to make Sunday a different day from the other six, with room for a dim sum lunch or a special family meal at home.
There are many ways to help develop your child’s sense of spirituality, and many benefits of incorporating an appreciation of the “Holy Mystery” into your life as a family. The companionship of a church community that encourages adults and children to seek deeply and think broadly can be a great help – and a lot of fun, too.
St. Clement’s Anglican Church is located at 3400 Institute Rd. across from Lynn Valley Park. Services are held 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings, except in July when the congregation meets at St. Agnes, North Vancouver. For more information and contact details, visit
Mother Goose Sessions Resume In September
Our Mother Goose Session will continue on Mondays right after Labour Day.
We will resume our routine on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM.

Print out the flyer as a reminder!

Monthly Network Meetings Resume In October
During the summer months we are taking a break to our monthly evening meetings and encourage everybody to get out often and to enjoy as much sunshine as possible.

Please make full use of our Facebook Group to communicate and connect. You could announce when you are going to a playground and to which one, so that another child care provider may do the same. And don’t forget to post pictures! Remember this is a secret group, so the pictures will never be shared outside this group, absolutely no tagging! If you are not a member of our Facebook group, please email Christine to be invited
Christine our Child Care Support & Outreach Coordinator will be in Vacation from August 31, 2016 to September 19, 2016, therefore we will have NO meeting in September. Our first Network meeting will be Oct 5, 2016 at 7 PM.

Quest Food Exchange: Coming To North Vancouver This Fall

Quest Food Exchange (Quest) is a not-for-profit organization that provides dignified access to a variety of affordable and healthy foods to individuals, families and charitable organizations facing food security challenges in British Columbia. Working in collaboration with food supplier partners who donate their surplus food, Quest is able to recover a variety of food and other products from every branch of the local food industry, including wholesalers, supermarkets, and farmers. Operating refrigerated delivery trucks that are able to pick up large quantities of various goods, Quest’s main distribution centre features a quality control department that ensures the freshness of all items, while large refrigerator, freezer and dry goods sections ensure products are stored appropriately to maintain product integrity. Items received in bulk are repackaged to more reasonable portion sizes and protein items are frozen to maintain peak freshness.

All of this product is made available via Quest’s four not-for-profit grocery markets, featuring locations in Surrey, Burnaby and East Vancouver, with a fifth market location opening in North Vancouver in the Fall of 2016. Not open to the general public, these markets offer those facing food security challenges the opportunity to access a large assortment of healthy and affordable food and other products with dignity, in a safe and welcoming environment. Clients are referred by hundreds of Quest’s social service agency partners, and can pick and choose what suits their dietary and personal needs at a minimal cost.
“Quest is our silver lining. When the dark cloud of poverty qualifies you for support services, often it is demoralizing and demeaning”, recalls long-time client Renette. “Shopping at Quest and being able to buy inexpensive products that we use every day is uplifting in a difficult time.”

For more information about Quest’s low-cost grocery market program, including a list of referring agencies, market locations, and a download of the referral form, please visit
New Online Child Care Map For BC

The enhanced map provides parents who are searching for child care, details of your facility’s programs and services – including current vacancies!
Please visit the enhanced map at and click on the map link to view your facility information as it will display to parents.
PLEASE ensure the information for your facility is up to date. If it is not, please update it using the Child Care Web Application (CCWA) under the Contact Information and Programs and Services tabs.
If you have questions, please call us toll free 1-888-338-6622 or in Victoria 250-356-6501.
Child Care Operating Funding Program
Support For The Challenges Of Separation Or Divorce
Once again, Westcoast Family Centres will be offering the “Successful Co-Parenting” six week group to parents on the North Shore. Two skilled facilitators inform and assist parents going through a separation or divorce about a variety of relevant areas, including:
  • Learning about the impact of separation/divorce on children
  • Prioritizing what children need from both parents
  • Choosing better ways to communicate with your ex
  • Managing your own stress and conflict through the transition 
The next group will run from September 21 to October 26th (six Wednesdays) at the John Braithwaite Community Centre (145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver) from 6:30-8:30 pm. The program, pre-registered child minding and snacks are included at no cost to the families.  Please contact Anna Johnson at 604-254-5457 (extension 238) or at for more information or to register.
Westcoast Family Centres contribute to the healthy development of children by providing services to strengthen the relationship between children and families and between families and their communities.
Time For Kindergarten? Time For Immunization 
Register For The Little Fox Run 
 Trousse Bébé Francophone 
Greetings from Fédération des parents francophones de C.-B.! We are the BC Francophone Parents Federation, the organization which runs the Francophone Early Years Centre.
Although our physical location is in Vancouver (and it is where the majority of our programs and activities are delivered), we have a province-wide initiative aiming to reach young Francophone families everywhere in British Columbia, in order to inform them about resources that are available in French in our province.

Through this initiative, we send a free welcome package called “Trousse Bébé francophone”. This package is for parents everywhere in B.C. who are either expecting a baby or have a child under 12 months old, and have French as one of the languages spoken in their home. The package contains lots of information, as well as some "goodies" (including a CD of French songs and a baby book in French). Some of the resources included are geared specifically to families where only one parent is a Francophone.

We would be grateful if Centres who come across Francophone parents in their area could encourage them to request the “Trousse Bébé francophone”! To receive it, families simply have to fill a short on-line form, available at this address:
We have a color flyer about the package and how to request it. The flyer can be found here:
Another resource which might be of interest is our “1 enfant, 2 langues” (1 child, 2 languages) bilingual website, which was created to answer parents’ questions about bilingual language development in young children. The website can be found at the following address:, and a postcard about this resource is available for distribution.
Best regards and merci beaucoup for your cooperation!

L’équipe de la Fédération des parents

223-1555, 7e Avenue Ouest
Vancouver (C.-B.)  V6J 1S1
Tél: 604-736-5056     Sans frais : 1-800-905-5056
First Aid Resources
The following organizations provide First Aid training on the North Shore:
St. John Ambulance –
Safe & Sound First Aid Training Canadian Red Cross Delivery, Partner Courses offered on the North Shore,  For upcoming Emergency Child Care and CRP/AED trainings, please click here:  
Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services           
Please click here:
Canadian Red Cross Delivery
Emergency Child Care First AidStandard First Aid, and Emergency First Aid courses are available through NorthVanRec.  Please click here: for course listings or call 604-983-6534.
Welcome New Child Care Providers
Welcome to our newest family child care providers!
Bowen Island Kinderhaus – new LFCC

Kiddies Palace – new LFCC

Little Wings Family Child Care – new RLNR

My Baby Daycare – new Multi-age

Regent Family Child Care – new RLNR
Websites of Interest
Websites To Check Out : is a local non-profit that offers resources and training to non-profit organizations on a number of topics such as change, governance, strategic planning and volunteer engagement. You know what an Aha! Moment is, right?
With our child, it’s that lightning flash of insight, when suddenly we see things from another perspective, and everything has the potential to be different. This website has Aha! Moments for parents of every age child, from pregnancy right through the teen years.  A U.S. website with a variety of resources and information for parents of children of all ages. 

www.cmascanada.caSupporting the care and settlement of young immigrant children, this website is designed for organizations, including child care centres that are supporting immigrant families in their care or community.  Some great resources, ideas and tip sheets. 
Announcing The VCH Parenting Resources Website

Your link to all of our recommended resources for pregnancy and parenting your child up to 5 years old.

Click on for information on pregnancy, newborns, breast-feeding, infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
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
Victoria Day
Canada Day (July 1)
BC Day
Labour Day
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas (December 23-January 3)
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.
Thank You
 We wish to thank...
Our volunteers: Rose Olson and 
Vivian Xi

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  
Thank You
From North Shore Child Care and Referral programs we’d also like to say thanks to all the organizations who took the time to answer our most recent Child Care Fee and Wage surveys!

We encourage any agencies who haven’t had time to do the survey to please try and fit it in. As it is vital to the work conducted here at CCRR and NSCR programs.
Connecting You To Community Resources! 
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