In May 2009, a report entitled “School-Aged Child Care in the Lower Mainland” was released by the YMCA and the United Way of the Lower Mainland which indicated that a childcare community needs assessment was greatly needed in Surrey. Preliminary results showed a severe lack of childcare spaces for school aged children. As a follow up to the City of Surrey developing their Child and Youth Friendly City Strategy, the Social Planning and Community Recreation Services staff commissioned the Children’s Partnership to undertake a child care needs assessment for the City of Surrey, which was completed in October, 2011. The results of the Child Care Gap Assessment showed a significant need to create a plan to address the large gap in childcare spaces in Surrey. To this end, a Childcare Strategy Task Force was created, consisting of members from both the Children First and Middle Childhood Matters Steering Committees. Research into what is happening in other communities was also conducted. Recommendations for a City-wide Childcare Strategy was presented to the Children’s Partners this fall.
For the Child Care Gap Assessment, please click here.