Tri-Cities Needs Assessment 2017
December 18, 2017

In May 2016 Westcoast Family Centres Society convened a Child Care Panel in an effort to better understand the child care needs of the Tri-Cities community. This project was a key part of the Coquitlam River United Way Avenues of Change initiative. The panel identified that a child care needs assessment would be useful towards the goal of developing a Tri-Cities child care action plan. As a result in September 2016, WFC contracted Jane Beach and Associates to undertake a Tri-Cities child care needs assessment. The work was undertaken by Jane Beach in collaboration with Barry Forer from the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC.  The primary purpose of the child care survey was to collect basic demographic information about the households in the Tri-Cities with children 0-8 years old, and detailed information on respondents’ child care use, needs, and preferences.  There were a total of 988 valid respondents, representing 1,550 children aged from 0 to 8 years old in the Tri-Cities community. Respondents provided their views and opinions of their child care arrangements: 46.7% Parental Care, 39.6% Licensed Care and 13.7% other Child Care Arrangements.

The report completed in September 2017 is an instrument towards dialogue of the future of child development needs in the Tri-Cities community. The information collected is not intended to identify specific unmet needs for child care, nor a concrete child care plan on its own but to inform key stakeholders towards the future of child development. Westcoast Family Centres Society is committed to continue to provide services towards child development, strengthening families and their communities in the Tri-Cities and across the Lower Mainland. 

Please find important links below: 

  • Press Release
  • Infographic
  • Report Summary
  • WFC Nominated for Not-For Profit of the Year (Tri-Cities)
    October 19, 2017

    Westcoast Family Centres Society has been nominated for a Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Award in the category of Not-For-Profit of the Year. The Business Excellence Awards were created to recognize outstanding businesses in the Tri-Cities. Each of the nominated businesses and individuals have demonstrated excellence in business and a passion for the Tri-Cities community.  The categories are:

  • Business of the Year (1-10 employees)
  • Business of the Year (11-30 employees)
  • Business of the Year (30+ employees)
  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Not-for-Profit of the Year
  • Community Spirit Award



  • CLICK HERE to see the full list of nominees. 

    First West Foundation - Envision Financial Community Endowment Grants
    September 5, 2017

    The First West Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Envision Financial Community Endowment Grants. Westcoast Family Centres Society was granted funds to support training for professionals serving front line clients within the communities of Maple Ridge and Tri-Cities. While all of us do outstanding work in our respective areas of social services, it is rare to receive training that focuses on the well-being of the service provider. WFC will be hosting a dynamic and interactive training where up to 60 of our collaborative partners in these two communities will have a chance to look closely at their own personal wellness, linking this education and self-awareness to strengthening their individual resolve, their team dynamics and their community practice. Ultimately, these workshops are preventative in nature, looking to minimize staff leaves, burnout, and vicarious trauma in the helping professions. This project fully supports the strengthening of the social service sector through addressing internal learning needs and thus addressing the growth of our organizations. WFC was recognized for receiving this award in Tri-City News and a full list of recipients can be found on their website click here. 

    WFC - Vancity Toy Drive
    August 11, 2017

    A big thank you to the 8 Vancity locations who participated in a summer Toy-Drive. We received a tremendous amount of toys and support from the community. Together we have brighten the day of kids in the Lower Mainland, Thank you!

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