Tri-Cities Early Years Centre

Tri-Cities Early Years CentreOur Model – Located in the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and the villages of Anmore and Belcarra), the Tri-Cities Early Years Centre is a network of 20 early childhood development centres which offer programs and services for families with children from birth to age 6. Hosted by SHARE Family & Community Services, the Tri-Cities Early Years Centre includes 7 Family Resource Centre sites and 13 Strong Start Centres, which are located in neighbourhoods across the Tri-Cities. Through each of these sites, families are able to access free, parent-child interactive programs and other family supports. In addition, parents and caregivers are able to link to an extensive range of community-wide supports for families, which are delivered at other Tri-Cities’ locations by Fraser Health, the Ministry of Children & Family Development, School District 43, municipal governments, and a wide variety of non-profit community partners.

Our Goals

The Tri-Cities Early Years Centre aims to:

  1. enhance the coordination and responsiveness of our existing early years services across the Tri-Cities, and to maximize our collective resources;
  2. expand our collaborative practices, which have developed over many years of partnership and strategic planning through our Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee; and
  3. expand families’ engagement with programs and services which can support their children’s health, well-being and development, and enhance parents’ knowledge, skills and confidence.

Benefits for Families

The Tri-Cities Early Years Centre will:

  • Tri-Cities Early Years Centreenhance families’ awareness of existing services through stronger promotion of the network of neighbourhood-based sites which they can attend with their children 0-6 years
  • increase the numbers of children who are participating in play-based early childhood learning environments, and experiencing positive early childhood and social-emotional learning
  • increase the numbers of parents/caregivers (e.g. grandparents, etc.) who have the knowledge, resources, and support they need to help their children develop to their full potential
  • improve the accuracy and availability of information and referrals for families accessing the neighbourhood sites
  • increase families’ awareness of, and access to, the range of early years programs and supports which exist across the Tri-Cities
  • increase our ability to reach out and engage families who may not yet be accessing early years programs and services
  • increase families’ connections to other families, through their participation in neighbourhood-based Early Years Centre satellite locations, and other community events
  • ensure that all families (including – among others – Aboriginal, immigrant and refugee families)

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Our Vision

A network of early childhood development facilities, including:

  • 7 neighbourhood-based Family Resource Program sites
  • 13 Strong Start Centres
  • Additional supports for families with children 0-6 years (e.g. Infant Development Program, Early Intervention Therapies, Child Mental Health, Child Care Resource & Referrals, etc.)

“Every Door is an Open Door”

No matter which site a family visits, they’ll experience:

  • Welcoming, inclusive program spaces where they can interact with their children, and meet new families
  • Friendly and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators
  • Programming that’s responsive to participating families
  • Play-based learning which supports children’s healthy development
  • Age-appropriate toys and activities
  • Opportunities for parents/caregivers to share their ideas, skills and knowledge
  • Information about/referrals to community resources and events
  • Opportunities to meet visiting resource people, and connect with the network of “Early Years” resources available in Tri-Cities
  • Opportunities for formal and informal parent education

The Role of the Tri-Cities Early Years Centre “Community Navigator”

  • Networking with a wide variety of community service providers
  • Developing a community inventory of existing assets and priorities for supporting parents with children 0-6 years in the Tri-Cities
  • Liaising with frontline staff at the 20 neighbourhood sites to identify staff training needs
  • Engaging parents – about what has helped them in their parenting, and how to reach out to more isolated parents
  • Working with partner organizations to recruit and support Parent Connector Volunteers
  • Developing resource materials which support early childhood development
  • Promoting the Tri-Cities Early Years Centre
  • Organizing community events
  • Conducting program evaluations and writing reports