Childcare crisis eased by VSB and Collingwood Neighbourhood House Partnership

Kurt Heinrich, Vancouver Observer

There’s a crisis for parents looking to find high-quality, licensed and affordable childcare for their kids. According to one recent study, only 15 per cent of students are in licensed childcare. It’s a major problem for many young families, but next year, there’s a bit of good news for East Vancouver parents.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House is expanding its partnership with three local VSB schools to grow their before and after school childcare programs to meet community demand. …

“Affordable, accessible and quality child care is critical for young students. With this new partnership with Collingwood Neighbourhood House, we’ll be adding dozens of new spots and making use of school space to serve the community,” says Patti Bacchus, Chair of the Vancouver School Board. “It’s win-win for everyone.”….

This partnership fits with the Vancouver School Board’s new push towards repurposing excess school space and bringing in non-profit community groups to use the space.