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Finding Home™ - 2nd Phase of the Face of Child Poverty Project

Posted on January 23, 2015


In 2014, the Face of Child Poverty Project moved into Phase 2. Richmond Children First hosted a series of deeper conversations with 12 parents involved in the Face of Child Poverty using Finding Home™, a program that supports individuals and neighbourhoods to foster a sense of belonging, build inclusive communities and increase effectiveness in responding to personal, local and global challenges. The Finding Home™ conversations gave the parents a sense of connection and belonging with one another and increased their knowledge and access to community resources. Two educational posters were created as a public education tool for parents, organizations and the broader community.  The parents are now transitioning from a facilitated group to a participant-led group and will be working on some small projects over the winter/spring 2015 to share their knowledge with the broader community and to connect with each other and other families.

Richmond Children First presents East Meets West

Posted on September 18, 2014

Join us to learn about the family dynamics, expectations, and cultural values of Chinese families. Details and registration here

Please note: Only 35 spots available – Spaces limited to professionals who work for Richmond public and non-profit organizations.

Values-Based Barriers Workshop - Registration Now Open!

Posted on May 2, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Richmond City Hall

Richmond Children First is currently doing research to launch a Value-Based Barriers project in City Centre. Barriers prevent some children and families from accessing programs and services. We know that they tend to have a stronger influence among populations that are traditionally less able to use existing services available, for a wide variety of reasons. They impact more significantly in low income neighbourhoods; certain cultural and immigrant groups; and non-traditional family structures. This is important because these groups tend to face more challenges and be less able to get the supports they need in a child's early years.

What are value-based barriers?
Researchers at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) have worked with ECD initiatives across BC to identify 10 barriers that occur most often for families. The infrastructure barriers - cost, transportation, language spoken, etc - while challenging are easier to find solutions for. The value-based, or relational values, need a bit more research and are harder to define and solve.

Conflicting Expectations: As service providers, we develop programs based on our funding criteria and perception of families' needs, however families may not understand what programs offer, or it may not be what families need.

Social Distance: Our programs do not always focus on creating environments where all cultures, genders, and income groups feel welcome.

Parental Consciousness: Not all parents have sufficient understanding of the importance of high quality child development experiences for their children and so do not enrol their child in appropriate programs. Join early years professionals from across Richmond to learn more about value-based barriers. And help us understand how these barriers impact the families you work with! Registration now open, register here . Find out more about value-based barriers here .

Workshop Facilitator - Sharon Hoyland is a skilled facilitator and adult educator with over thirty years of broad community service. Her roots are in child-care and working with children with special needs. As a social worker, Sharon spent several years supporting both women and children exposed to family violence and was instrumental in establishing the Children Who Witness Abuse program within BC.

For information contact Helen Davidson at: or
(604) 241-4035.

*Please note I will be out of the office until May 13, 2014.

Helping Kids Suceed Richmond-Style

Posted on November 25, 2013

Remember when you were young? Remember that adult (parent, teacher, coach, neighbour) who was always there for you? Who listened to you without judgment? Who helped guide you to the right decisions? Who believed in you? Read Helping Kids Succeed Richmond-Style and find out how you can make a difference in the life of a Richmond child!

News Release: Report Puts A Face to Child Poverty In Richmond

Posted on November 19, 2013

The report, It's Not Fair! The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond: A Call to Action, released today by Richmond Children First, de-mystifies poverty, puts a face on child poverty and serves as a call to action for the Richmond community.

View the full news release by downloading the pdf below: