Richmond Children First

Richmond, a child friendly community where all children thrive.

Reducing Barriers for Families


Quality childhood programs and services not only support a child's health, learning, and skill development, but also positively influence their longer-term health, educational, and social outcomes. Our challenge is to build services that reach all children and families. Sometimes families who are eligible for a service, do not use the service available to them for a variety of reasons. Organizations may also offer ‘hard-to-access’ services. Researchers at the Human Early Learning Partnerships have identified a number of reasons families may not access services and we are interested in finding solutions the three value-based barriers HELP has identified – social distance, conflicting expectations and parental consciousness. We are currently conducting a literature review, hosting conversations with Richmond staff and parent leaders and compiling a scan of work done across Canada to better engage families in programs. Based on these findings, the Family Engagement Action Team (FEAT) will develop and implement a strategy in Richmond City Centre.