Richmond Children First

Richmond, a child friendly community where all children thrive.


Richmond Children and Families

Richmond Early Years Development Community Framework (2013)

The Richmond Early Child Development (ECD) Community Framework, developed by Richmond Children First, guides public (government) organizations, community agencies and groups as they work together to make Richmond a city where all children are healthy, safe and thriving.

Middle Development Instrument: Richmond Community Report (2013)

The MDI is a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grade 4. The questionnaire includes 71 questions related to the five areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement. It allows us to hear children's voices and taps into areas that have great significance in children's lives that are not typically evaluated in other assessments.

This report presents the aggregated results for all children who participated in the survey. Individual children or subgroups of children are never singled out. Schools and neighbourhoods use the information included in MDI reports to initiate conversations about how the needs of children in their middle years can be better addressed. Researchers use the data to better understand and address important questions about the genetic, biological, and social determinants of children's health and development to inform policy and program development. Government, policy-makers, and not-for-profit organizations use the maps and data that come from the MDI to plan investment, policy and program development.

Early Development Instrument (EDI): Richmond Community Summary (2013)

Human Early Learning Partnership - By mapping information by neighbourhood we can better understand how various factors influence the development and health of Richmond children. This information can be used in a variety of ways, from community mobilization to policy making. Specifically, this data can:

  • Reveal where children and families live, where programs and resources are located, and how accessible these programs are to those they were designed to support
  • Identify large neighbourhood differences in the number of children who are healthy and ready for school
  • Reveal where there are gaps in children’s development and where improvement is needed
  • Reveal how socio-economic factors may influence children’s early development
  • Heighten awareness of the importance of early child development
  • Prompt new community policies and programs

Richmond City Centre ECD Report (2012)

It is anticipated that City Centre will attract 50% of Richmond’s residential growth by 2021 and the number of children and youth in City Centre is expected to grow by roughly 70% (from 7,500 to 13,000) over the next 15 years. This report provides an overview of the future of City Centre; information on the complexity of City Centre children and families; and, strategies to strengthen supports and services for City Centre families and to build a sense of belonging and community connectedness.

A Profile of Children in Richmond (2009)

This report provides a snapshot of Richmond children and their families. Based on indicators that measure characteristics that influence child development, the report can be used as a planning tool to strengthen neighbourhoods and to put into place programs and policies to support children's healthy development.

Richmond Parent Voices (2009)

This report provides a summary of a series of parent focus groups to assist organizations in improving outreach and responding to the needs of families in all aspects of diversity. The information from these focus groups helps:

  • Identify the needs and issues of parents with children birth to 6 years old.
  • Identify barriers to access that families face in accessing programs for young children and their families.

Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment (2009)

City of Richmond - The City of Richmond engaged the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to provide a comprehensive assessment of Richmond’s child care needs between 2009 and 2016; a comprehensive Child Care Strategy; and, an Implementation Plan that identifies the role of various stakeholders. 

The Richmond Early Years Bridging Project (2008)

In 2008, Richmond Children First was invited by Immigrant Settlement (Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development) to work with the community to develop a pilot project focusing on the settlement needs of high-risk refugee children 0-6 years of age and their families. The project is hosted by Richmond Family Place.