At the Richmond Child Care Resource & Referral Centre (CCRR), the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients, and volunteers is our top priority. As such, in accordance with guidelines from provincial and federal health authorities, we've made the difficult decision to temporarily close both our office and the Richmond Early Years Library, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This means, as well, that all drop-in programs, events, and professional development opportunities are suspended until further notice.
That being said, we're still here to support families, child care providers, and ECE students. While working from home, CCRR staff are available to answer questions and offer assistance. Please refer to the service areas below to get in touch with the appropriate person:
Karen Lim, Administrative Assistant | email@example.com
Playgroups & Drop-In Programs
Summer Zheng, Outreach Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | 604-788-8069
Registered License-Not-Required & Child Care Provider Support
Ellen Huang, Outreach Coordinator | email@example.com | 604-803-6821
Child Care Referrals & Affordable Child Care Benefit Assistance
Sophie Wu, Outreach Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | 604-218-3085
Caitlin Lamb, Administrative Assistant | email@example.com
It's a stressful time for all of us, but that's particularly true for parents, whose child care arrangements may be in flux due to facility closures, shifting work schedules, and other upheavals brought on by COVID-19. The Richmond CCRR is compiling a list of local child care facilities that are still open during the pandemic, as well as those that are providing emergency child care to healthcare workers and others employed in essential services. As soon as the list is ready, it will be posted here. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require child care outside of Richmond, parents can fill out this form for assistance in finding temporary emergency child care for essential service workers.
• Form - Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
The situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, and it's important that both parents and child care providers have access to accurate, up-to-date information. As such, we've compiled a list of provincial and federal resources, and will continue adding to it as new announcements are made, and more information becomes available.
BC Ministry of Children & Family Development
Government of BC
Government of Canada
The Richmond Child Care Resource & Referral Centre, better known as the CCRR, is a valuable resource for parents and child care providers alike.
For parents, the CCRR offers a free child care referral service, as well as a wide selection of resources on choosing quality child care. CCRR staff can also provide information on the Affordable Child Care Benefit.
But it's not just information and resources; it's activities. Throughout the year, the CCRR runs a number of popular drop-in programs, like Together Time and Junior Detectives, that parents can attend with their children.
For child care providers, the CCRR regularly hosts professional development workshops, in addition to several longer courses, such as First Aid and a Family Child Care Training Course. Child care providers can also contact the CCRR at any time if they require support.
And whether you're a parent, child care provider, or ECE student, you're sure to be amazed by the CCRR's Early Learning Library and the Community Resource Library.
The CCRR Early Learning Library is an extensive library featuring material for children ages 3-12, including children’s books, activity boxes, toy bags, CD’s, and many curriculum materials for supporting programs at a child care centre.
The Community Resource Library features a large selection of puzzles, books, and games catering to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Located in the Richmond Caring Place, the CCRR is open weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with extended hours on Tuesdays from 9:00am to 8:00pm. To learn more, call 604-279-7020.
For information on Child Care Resource & Referral Centres in other BC communities, visit the Provincial Government's CCRR webpage.