CCRR Playgroups
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Parent Participation Playgroups

CCRR Services During COVID-19 Outbreak

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:

Library Inquiries

Karen Lim, Administrative Assistant |

Candy Ng, Outreach Coordinator |

Playgroups & Drop-In Programs

Summer Zheng, Outreach Coordinator | | 604-788-8069

Registered License-Not-Required & Child Care Provider Support

Ellen Huang, Outreach Coordinator | | 604-803-6821

Child Care Referrals & Affordable Child Care Benefit Assistance

Sophie Wu, Outreach Coordinator | | 604-218-3085

General Inquiries

Caitlin Lamb, Administrative Assistant |

Child Care Availability During COVID-19

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

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

Play, Learn, and Develop Together

Welcome to CCRR playgroup activities and events!

We provide free child playgroup activities and free or lowpay events for children and families throughout the year. These programs are offered by the Richmond CCRR in conjunction with Richmond School District 38, and are funded through grants from the Richmond Family Place.  These popular drop-in programs provide high-quality, play-based learning environments and resources for families with children aged 0-5. We also have exciting field trips, summer programs, and events for children and families to participate.

The programs are run by licensed educators, however, these are not drop-off programs and as such caregiver participation is required.

What to expect from CCRR Playgroups:

New activities, games, and crafts offered each week
Parents and caregivers are provided with a safe space for their children to play, learn, and socialize
Adults are involved in the learning process and interacting with children 
Provides participants with opportunities to network and make new friends in the community
Activities provoke curiosity and interaction among participants
Prepares parents and children for the transition to school or child care program




Together Time (ages 0-5)

9:15am - 11:15am 
Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year
Cook Elementary Early Learning Centre
8600 Cook Road Richmond, BC V6Y 1V7
Free drop-in; parent participation required

Contact us for current dates.

Cooking Together (ages 3-5)

Cooking Together is an exciting program where families and children spend time together and learn to cook something yummy! This is a free drop-in program for parents and children. Two ECE educators will be on site and snacks will be provided.

Not only will you and your child learn fun new recipes, but parents will also have the opportunity to network with one another, build friendships, and learn about available community resources.

See Poster for More Details

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mondays, April 6 to June 15 (No Session on April 13 or May 18)
James Thompson Elementary
6211 Forsyth Crescent, Richmond, BC V7C 2C4
Free drop-in; parent participation required

Together Talks (ages 3-5)

Welcome to Together Talks, where parents have the opportunity to discuss and learn a variety of early childhood development topics while their children receive supervised care from two on-site ECE educators.

Parents and children will also have opportunities to do crafts and science activities...and a whole lot more!

This is a free drop-in program for parents and children, and snacks will be provided.

See Poster for More Details

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesdays, April 8 to June 17 (No Session on April 15 or May 20)
James Thompson Elementary
6211 Forsyth Crescent, Richmond, BC V7C 2C4
Free drop-in; parent participation required

Parenting Lessons at Together Talks

April 15th - Parent-Kid Yoga  
Come and learn to do yoga with your child. Practice breathing techniques and relaxational poses and techniques. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Jun 3rd - Creatures Exploration
Learn about many different creatures and explore the world around us. Live animals will be present as living, breathing learning aids. Children cannot only hear the stories of the creatures, they can touch them as well!! 

These lessons are special topics presented by qualified community partners that go beyond the usual Together Talks themes. During Parenting Lessons, we provide playgroups for children aged 3-5.

Junior Detectives  (ages 3-5)

10:15 - 11:30am
Select Mondays through July/August
Richmond Caring Place
7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6Y 3Z5
Registered participants only

2020 dates to be announced in spring.

Field Trips and Events:

Important notice: All field trips have been postponed as a precaution following the guidlines set by Canada Public Health. New dates will be announced soon. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Kidtropolis Party  --New Date to be Announced 

Join us for a private party at Kidtropolis, where children and parents can experience the magic of pretend play! Does your child dream of becoming a teacher or doctor? How about a police officer or fire fighter? At Kidtropolis, their dreams will come true in a fun, safe, interactive model city!

This FREE drop-in program will also feature cold food and refreshments!

See Poster for More Details

Age Group: Up to 10 Years Old
Time: 6:30-8:00pm (Admission No Later Than 7:00pm)
Location: 110-5940 No. 2 Road, Richmond, BC

Children's Gallery Tour & Workshop  --New Date to be Announced 

For this FREE drop-in event, the Child Care Resource & Referral Centre’s playgroup will take a trip to the Richmond Art Gallery. Along with exploring traditional art techniques, children will get to create their own wearable art pieces!

We can accommodate a maximum of 15 children, with spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

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Age Group: 3 to 5 Years Old
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate

To learn more about the playgroups and current session dates, contact our
Playgroup Coordinator at 604-788-8069