Innovation & Collaboration
Today, we are seeing an increasing complexity in the challenges that families face, complexities that are beyond the capacity of any one organization to understand and respond to. We must strengthen and support community collaboration so we can work towards a collective impact that will advance outcomes for children and youth.
Innovative Projects and Practices
It’s Not Fair! The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond: A Call to Action (2013)
In January 2013, Richmond Children First launched The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond, a project to help the community understand what it means for children to live in poverty and as a call to action – a first step in bringing the community together to discuss and plan how we can better support children and families and how, at a community level, we can work towards alleviating poverty. This report captures the findings of the project and serves as a call to action for the community, providing recommendations for Richmond organizations and Richmond Children First’s commitments to supporting families and children living in poverty.
Richmond City Centre ECD Report (2012)
This report examines child vulnerability in Richmond City Centre, a neighbourhood that is seeing significant growth and change. The research presented in the report outlines a complexity that cannot be addressed by any one organization or group and recommends a mix of strategies to strengthen supports and services for City Centre families and to build a sense of belonging and community connectedness.
The Early Years Bridging Project (2008)
In 2006, the Settlement and Multiculturalism Division of the Attorney General invited the Richmond community, through Richmond Children First, to submit a proposal for a community-based pilot project focused on the settlement needs of high-risk refugee children 0-6 years of age and their families. This collaborative project, now in its 5th year, is a partnership of 12 organizations.
Grauer Early Learning Centre: A School-Community Partnership (2008)
In 2008, the Grauer Early Learning Centre was piloted as a hub, an integrated service model offered collaboratively by a number of Richmond organizations. Grauer Elementary School was chosen for this pilot as Blundell was a neighbourhood faced a number of socio-economic risks and had few community assets.
Collaboration and Partnerships
Richmond Children First Collaboration Self-Assessment (2013)
The RCF Steering Committee also continues to explore ways to partner and work together more effectively. In the fall of 2012, committee members participated in the Wilder Self-Assessment, to assess the level of collaboration within the group and how it might be improved.
Richmond Early Child Development Community Framework (2013)
Richmond Children First has been working with partner organizations to develop an early child development community framework that includes community capacity building outcomes. The framework was developed to help guide public organizations, community agencies and groups as they work together to make Richmond a city where all children are healthy, safe and thriving.
Richmond Community Capacity Building Evaluation (2011)
Since 2009, Richmond Children First has participated in the provincial ECD Evaluation Project. One of the evaluation components measures Community Driven Planning and Coordination. This bi-annual evaluation provides the RCF Steering Committee with relevant data to help identify successes and challenges, and to develop community action strategies.