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2012 Child Care Award of Excellence

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Yukon Crescent Children’s Centre – one of five City-owned child care centres. The centre is operated by the Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families.

The City of Burnaby is the recipient of a 2012 B.C. Child Care Award of Excellence in the Local Government category awarded by the Ministry of Child and Family Development to cities in British Columbia. The award recognizes outstanding commitment and leadership in child care initiatives and was presented to Councillor Paul McDonell, Chair of the City’s Social Issues Committee, by the Honourable Mary McNeil, Minister of Children and Family Development at a May 11, 2012, award ceremony.

Burnaby’s commitment to child care is exemplified in its five City-owned child care centres. The City has worked with developers to create the five purpose-built centres that provide 232 licensed child care spaces. Three of the centres were specifically acquired through the City’s Community Benefit Bonus Policy, which requires developers to fully finish and equip a centre with amenities that range from state-of-the-art playground equipment to toys on the shelves. Each of the centres is leased on a rent-free basis to non-profit child care providers, helping to create affordable, quality child care spaces for Burnaby families and children.

The City’s leadership is also demonstrated in its Child Care Policy, adopted in 1993, which provides a comprehensive vision for child care in Burnaby. One of its key actions is support for the Child Care Resources Group (CCRG), an advisory body made up of Burnaby child care providers. The CCRG provides advice on child care matters, including information on the Burnaby child care supply and demand. The CCRG meets monthly and prepares an annual work program approved by Council.

As well, each year since 2002, Burnaby Council has proclaimed May as Child Care Month. For the past four years, activities that celebrate the month have included an appreciation event for child care providers, developed in partnership by the City and the Burnaby Early Childhood Development Table. At this year’s event, Councillor McDonell brought greetings from Council and expressed gratitude for the valuable services child care providers offer the community.

“The City of Burnaby is honoured to be the recipient of a B.C. Child Care Award of Excellence, honouring local governments that have demonstrated leadership in the development of initiatives, projects or programs that support the delivery of high-quality child care,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “Burnaby is committed to high-quality child care and we are very proud to receive an award that recognizes our success in the development of innovative programs and policies that ensure our children receive the very best in services.”

For background information on Burnaby’s award, please contact Margaret Manifold, Social Planner at 604-294-7407 or margaret.manifold@burnaby.ca.

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