SCARP Adjunct Professor Scott Graham, and the team he led, has received a PIBC Excellence in Planning Award for their innovative report on thriving and affordable child care.
The winning submission was a comprehensive report for the City of Coquitlam, "Child Care Partnership Strategy", developed using a collaborative process that brought together partners and community members to:
- learn about the local child care system
- strengthen relationships
- Identify key child care needs
- Introduce new ways to help meet those needs
"For many families living in Coquitlam, child care plays a vital role in their daily lives, as it allows them to participate in the workforce and have a positive impact on the local economy. Beyond this, equitable access to high-quality, affordable child care provides early childhood education, contributes to healthy child development, promotes equity and gender equality, builds community connectivity, and enhances the overall health and well-being of the community.
"Despite the well-known benefits of...