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 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Candy Ng, Outreach Coordinator | 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 has compiled a database of local child care facilities that are open, as well as those that are providing emergency child care to healthcare workers and others employed in essential services. 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 CCRR's free child care referral service makes finding child care in Richmond a whole lot easier. Available in both English and Chinese, the service is used by hundreds of parents every year, whether they're in need of daycare, preschool, school age care, or another type of child care arrangement.
Referrals can be done over the phone, by calling 604-279-7020, or in-person at the CCRR office.
The process works like this:
First, an Information & Referral Counsellor will tell you about the different kinds of child care in Richmond. Then they'll do a search, based on criteria you set yourself. The Information & Referral Counsellor can find child care facilities that:
• Are near your home or place of work
• Offer specific services, including drop-in care, part time care, and extended hours
• Use a certain early childhood teaching method, such as Montessori or Reggio Emilia
• Are able to transport school age children to and from Richmond elementary schools
• Have staff who speak a language other than English, from Mandarin to French to Farsi
You'll leave the referral with a list of child care facilities that best meet your family's needs. It's then up to you to contact them, set up meetings, and determine which is the right fit.
An Information & Referral Counsellor can also provide information on the BC Child Care Subsidy program, as well as the average fees currently being charged by Richmond child care facilities.
Important: The Richmond Child Care Resource & Referral Centre provides referrals, not recommendations. Parents are responsible for assessing and selecting a child care facility that most suits their needs and for monitoring the child care arrangement.