Wondering how to start your search for child care on the North Shore? Look no further than the North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRR) hosted by the North Shore Community Resources Society, a non-profit community agency. CCRR is a service that promotes programs and projects which enhance child care services and quality of life for children and their families.
CCRR provides child care referrals and consultations for those seeking child care, as well as assistance with child care subsidies. I used this service myself two years ago when I was looking into child care options in my neighbourhood, and it was exceptionally helpful. I received a list of all of the licensed & registered facilities nearby with contact telephone numbers, as well as a Summary of Regulated Child Care Facilities (a chart setting out the differences between types of services, including children’s ages, service hours, capacities, minimum staff qualifications and staff ratios). While CCRR is not able to specifically recommend or endorse a particular child care service, their information certainly provided me with a good base for further research and inquiry – all leading to the fantastic North Shore day care that my family has now used for well over a year!
In addition to assistance with child care, CCRR hosts several other parent & child services, including:
- a lending library of books, toys, videos and equipment
- a comprehensive children and family directory
- workshops and training
- a summary of free (or low cost) things to do with your baby & child on the North Shore
- drop-in programs for nannies and informal child care providers
- the Connect for Kids website (a one-stop link to information about hundreds of child & family services on the North Shore)
- support for school-age activity programs
- WHEELS (a mobile resource van)
- and much more!
Other community programs operated by the North Shore Community Resources Society include:
- Information North Shore (information and referral to government and community services)
- Legal Information and Advocacy Program
- Seniors’ One Stop (information and referral services for seniors)
- Volunteer North Shore (volunteer opportunities and volunteer support for organizations)
- Caregiver Support Program (assists people caring for an adult friend or family member)
For more information about CCRR and the North Shore Community Resources Society, be sure to check out their website. And don’t be shy about calling or emailing them with your specific questions about child care on the North Shore or the other services provided by this wonderful community resource. That’s what they’re there for!