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Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives highlights early learning services

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:21 PST, Fri February 3, 2023

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) is re-introducing its core programs to help people find local services, and next up is the Child Care Resource and Referral Centre (CCRR).

Among RCRG’s busiest programs, the CCRR aims to help parents and child care providers. For families, the CCRR offers a free, multilingual child care referral service to help with the challenge of finding child care. Staff can help present child care options that meet a family's individual needs, and can assist families in applying for the Affordable Child Care Benefit, a provincial funding program that can partially cover child care fees. The CCRR also promotes cost transparency in the child care field by publishing an annual fee survey.

For parents who might not require child care, but who still want their children to benefit from early learning opportunities, the CCRR runs a variety of playgroups and drop-in programs. These free sessions give parents a chance to connect with one another while joining their children in fun, educational activities.

Those interested in becoming early childhood educators (ECEs) can learn about upcoming training courses, while those planning to start a centre of their own can get information on start-up funding, liability insurance, and other aspects of operating a daycare.

The CCRR also works directly with small, home-based Registered License-Not-Required child care providers, offering support and guidance and ensuring that these providers complete all necessary health, safety, and training requirements.

Each year, the CCRR offers dozens of workshops and training courses—both virtual and in-person—covering everything from early childhood development to curriculum planning to self-care and stress management. 

The CCRR also hosts an early childhood education job board and maintains an ECE substitute list. These resources make it easier for local daycares to find qualified staff, whether for long- or short-term positions.

Finally, the CCRR is home to the Richmond early years library, which boasts a dazzling and ever-growing collection of books, activity boxes, felt stories, loose parts, and other early learning materials. The library is open to the whole community, and the entire catalogue is available online to all those who sign up for a free account.

To explore the CCRR, visit

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