What We Do

Burnaby Early Childhood Development Community Table

Burnaby ECD Strategic Action Plan 2009 2014

Vision

The Burnaby ECD Community Table is committed to supporting and planning ECD programs and services that:

  • Recognizes, respects, and promotes the strengths of families and individuals;
  • Builds on existing formal and informal supports (informal means other community supports outside of traditional ECD programs/services i.e. safe places to take our children or places for opportunities to learn, etc.);
  • Focuses on early intervention;
  • Includes accessible, universal, and integrated services;
  • Recognizes and values the diversity of the Burnaby community.

Guiding Principles

  • Inclusiveness
  • Openness
  • Accessibility
  • Equity
  • Collaboration -
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Strengths-Based Approaches
  • Best Practices 
  • Membership
  • Members of the Burnaby Early Childhood Development Community Table are dedicated individuals representing agencies that work diligently to support and enhance services, programs and learning opportunities for families with children in the early years (Birth to age 6) in Burnaby.

Meetings and Action Teams

The Burnaby Early Childhood Development Community Table meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The Table has action teams who meet regularly to work on various projects. The actions teams include the following:

1. The Funding Action Team
Coordinates funding and decision making in relation to ECD funding in Burnaby and ensures that funding allocations are consistent with the ECD strategic plan and priorities.

2. The Policy Action Team
Determines policy and procedures that will guide the work of the ECD Community Table and works to raise awareness around the importance of investing in early care and learning.

3. The Neighbourhood Action Team
Works with identified neighbourhoods and communities to assist in strengthening the existing resources and supports for young children and their families. Provides information that will assist the Table in planning and coordinating service for 0-6 years.4.The Media and Information Action Team Works to raise awareness of ECD information programs and services in Burnaby and provide multi-lingual information to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of the early years.

5. The Training Action Team
Identifies training needs and provides opportunities for networking education and professional development for service providers.

Projects Accomplished To-Date:

  • Developed a 5-year Strategic Action Plan aimed at local community action.
  • Applied and received federal funding for the Understanding the Early Years Initiative, a 3-year Early Childhood Development research and capacity-building initiative.
  • Targeted a neighbourhood project in the Edmonds/12th Avenue Neighbourhood to help families learn about and access neighbourhood resources and supports. Developed a Neighbourhood ECD Asset Map to distribute to families through community organizations, service providers, building managers, and faith organizations.
  • Published community brochures and parenting articles in several newspapers in a variety of languages, including English, Korean, Chinese and Farsi.
  • Developed an Early Childhood Development Hub at Lochdale Community School with funding received funding from the Ministry for Children and Family Development. Current programs include a Kindercare (South Burnaby Neighbourhood House) and recreation programs (Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services).
  • Distributed Early Childhood Development funds to various programs in Burnaby including Mother Goose, Family Literacy Centres, Family Drop-Ins, Story Times, and Multilingual calendars in collaboration with United Way
  • Success by Six.

Past and Present Activities

  • Support the Understanding the Early Years Initiative (including the EDI and PIDACS) data collections.
  • Further develop promotional materials for families in the 12th Avenue/Edmonds neighbourhood
  • Target Burnaby neighbourhood for another neighbourhood project
  • Continue the ongoing translation of articles and resources materials to allow all Burnaby residents to access ECD services and programs.
  • Develop a website, brochure and flyers to promote the ECD Community Table and Early Childhood Development activities in Burnaby
  • Ongoing development of the ECD Hub at Lochdale Community School.
  • Training for ECD workers to enhance inclusion and diversity. 
  • Continue to set priorities and allocate Early Childhood Development funds in Burnaby.