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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd June 2014
Child Development Centre
2014 is an exciting year for the Child Development Centre. It has been 40 years this year since we started services for children and families.

To celebrate we are reflecting and sharing memories of the centre. We are asking all who have a memory to share to do so. We wish to honor our long standing roots in our community.

Part of honoring our long standing roots is the generous support of our services from our community. For example the Aluminum City Telethon which has now evolved to the Kitimat Community Foundation is in its 4th year of providing support for services in Kitimat. Over the 39 years the Telethon has provided over 150,000 of assistance to our programs and services.

Our programs and services are funded mainly from government funding and the extra’s that can make a great difference for children and their families is provided by our community fund raising.

This coming year in October the Centre will continue to be an active participant in the Telethon.

With the move to the Kitimat Community Foundation the Centre has also established a Foundation fund focused on supporting those with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to grow this fund into a sustaining fund where help is continually available in our community.

The volunteer Board of Directors of the Centre has also this year, as part of our celebratory goal, decided to fund raise to make our 1515 Kingfisher building fully accessible. To do this we need to fund raise $150,000 for renovations of the building. The goal is to re-model our front entrance to have a covered entrance, install a ramp to the basement, and include more space for all to be welcome to the Centre.

After forty years of service – WHAT NEXT ?

The Centre, in reflecting back and sharing memories of our forty years of service, is also looking at the future. As part of being a CARF accredited agency we have a strategic plan which entails trying to be responsive to community needs now and in future years.

CARF accreditation is an evaluation process where outside professionals who do similar work to ours come and review how we do our services and our business. We are rated against high levels of standards of practice. This last year in November 2013 we again received the highest award given of three years accreditation. We also received an exemplary strength; these are only given if the surveyors see a practice that is of very high level. In regards to exemplary strength our surveyors said:

"The organization has tremendous depth in its commitment to continuous quality improvement, and it is clear that the leadership of the Kitimat Child Development Centre guides these performance improvement efforts. The process of continuous quality improvement is evident across every department, plan, program, and system that has been put in place. The staff members are comfortable with the idea that there is always room to learn from what has been done and to make changes going forward that will benefit all stakeholders and the integrity of the programs. The outcomes reports, the program area improvement plan, the strategic plan, the IT plan, and the accessibility plan are all linked to show their connectedness and reflect that this is a learning organization in every aspect."

The Centre is very proud of being seen this way as this reflects on our strong values and our desire to do the best we can for our community.

There are a few areas the Centre is working on including, while at the same time always knowing that services for children and families, so children can reach their fullest individual abilities, are our priorities.

These extra services include housing, support for new immigrants to our community, support for adults living with disabilities and the provision of more day care and pre-school services in our community.

To support the Centre you can become a volunteer board member. If you are interested in helping please contact the Centre.