Who Are We?

The Burnaby Early Childhood Development Community Table is an intersectoral committee that is comprised of key stake holders in the ECD community in Burnaby.

We are made up of individuals in Burnaby who are interested in supporting families with children in the early years (birth to age 6). Members include representatives from provincial ministries, the municipality, health region, school district, and non-profit agencies. We share information and sets priorities for programs and services.

About the Committee

The Burnaby ECD Community Table, initially called Children First, is a committee established in September 2003, with funding from the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD). The funds were used to develop an ECD Strategic Action Plan for Burnaby.

Membership was solicited through the Burnaby Inter-Agency Council, a network of Burnaby service providers who have been meeting bi-monthly for over 30 years. The ECD Community Table was created as a sub-committee of the Council. ECD continues to be a standing agenda item at each Inter-Agency Council meeting.

Today, the Burnaby ECD Community Table consists of a group of over 30 representatives from government and non-profit community agencies providing programs and services to children from birth to age 6. Members of the Table continue to work hard to implement the goals and objectives of the Strategic Action Plan. The Table has actions teams working on projects related to training, funding, advocacy, neighbourhood-based resource development, and business and community engagement. Recruitment of new members to the Burnaby ECD Community Table is ongoing.

How are you funded?

The Burnaby ECD Community Table gratefully acknowledges funding from:

BC Ministry for Children and Family Development:

Make Children First which funds the following activities in Burnaby:

  • Mother Goose Drop-In Programs
  • Nobody’s Perfect Programs
  • Training for Early Childhood Development Workers
  • Family Drop-ins
  • ECD Community Table Activities

United Way:

Success by Six which funds the following activities in Burnaby:

  • Five family drop-ins and a preschool program.
  • Parent-tot attachment groups
  • Early and family literacy programs
  • Father’s groups
  • New immigrant parenting groups.
  • Neighbourhood Outreach Workers
  • The provision of ECD services in non-traditional hours and on non-traditional days, including weekends/after school/evening and summer days and hours.
  • The translation of ECD resource and materials

How to join?

To participate in our meetings please contact Kamala Sproule at kidsinburnaby@gmail.com

Who are your members?

The following agencies currently participate, or have participated, at the Burnaby Early Childhood Development Community Table.