ACRD Child Care Needs Assessment 2019
Collaborative Child Care Planning Across Alberni-Clayoquot is both a report and a call to action. Initiated by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Community Child Care Planning Program, this process recognizes the importance of appropriate child care in creating enriching environments for young children and in supporting parents in their employment, education, and other goals, all of which contribute to a strong social and economic fabric. It also recognizes the role that local governments – municipalities, regional districts, Nuu-Chah-Nulth communities and school districts – have in facilitating access to quality child care.
Many different sources were used to gather information about the current state of child care in the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD), including a parent survey, a child care provider survey, parent focus groups, parent and stakeholder open houses, and interviews with early childhood educators and other knowledgeable early years professionals.