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Contract Position - Richmond Children First Coordinator

Posted on September 12, 2017

Richmond Children First (RCF) is hiring an early years community developer for 6 months to coordinate day-to-day operations and implement community planning. Please view the PDF below for more information.

Richmond Early Development Instrument (EDI) Presentation

Posted on January 26, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 am
Richmond City Hall

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) tells us how children are doing when they enter kindergarten. The EDI is a population-level data tool, administered by kindergarten teachers, that measures five core areas of early child development that are known to be good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes. The tool measures developmental change or trends in populations of children. Join Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director and Sally McBride, KT Manager from the Human Early Learning Partnership (UBC) to learn the results from the 2016 EDI which can help us better understand the factors that can support and enhance the well-being of Richmond children. Register here.

Free Access to the Science of ECD Now Available in BC

Posted on January 26, 2017

The BC government has invested in a provincial access license to the Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) multi-media resource. This means professionals, parents, post-secondary students, and anyone within the province will have free access to evidence-based resources that can help them understand child development and opportunities to support children to grow and thrive. These resources can be used:

  • For your own professional development, by delving into a variety of early years topics
  • For staff training, by selecting topics for staff meetings to encourage critical thinking and discussion
  • For parent education, by showing the video examples to parents/clients
  • For classes and workshops, by projecting and discussing the information in face-to-face sessions
  • For online teaching, by having students access the resources as their “textbook”

Access the Science of ECD here.

City of Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment Survey Open to the Public Until October 2, 2016

Posted on September 1, 2016

To access the survey and to learn about upcoming events go to:

The City of Richmond is conducting a child care needs assessment to update its Child Care Strategy for the next five years. The public is invited to provide feedback on their experience so that the City can better understand which types of child care are most needed and where these services are best located in Richmond.

Those interested in sharing feedback are encouraged to complete an online survey and participate in upcoming community events, all posted on The online survey will be available until Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Printed versions of the survey and translation services will be available at public events throughout the summer and early fall. Individuals who require assistance in Mandarin or Cantonese in order to complete the survey may contact the Richmond Child Care Resource and Referral Centre at 604-279-7020

Visit or email for information on additional open houses, focus groups and other community engagement events happening throughout the city.

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CANCELLED: Richmond Middle Years Forum

Posted on May 23, 2016

Please Note: The Richmond Middle Years Forum has been cancelled.

Friday, June 17, 2016

City Centre Community Centre
5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond BC
9:00 am – Noon

Registration: 8:30 – 9:00
Networking: 12:00 – 12:30

With Kim Schonert-Reichl (Director) and Pippa Rowcliffe (Deputy Director) of the Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia

Research findings from the Human Early Learning Partnership can help us understand the factors that can support and enhance the well-being of Richmond children: in the community, in schools, in families.

Do you work with 6 - 12 year olds and their families in Richmond? Then please join us for the Richmond Middle Years Forum. At the forum we will:

  • Hear about the latest middle years research from the Lower Mainland
  • Discuss the strengths and challenges of middle years children in Richmond
  • And, discuss how we can work together to support middle years planning in Richmond.

For further information please contact Helen Davidson, Manager, Richmond Children First at 604-241-4035 or