Open house celebrates shared located

On Saturday, Feb. 16, Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRR) and the Community Resource Centre (CRC) hosted an open house and children's art show to celebrate their new shared location.

Thirty young artists from Bethel Preschool and Kidz Club Sechelt Elementary donated paintings and collages that will become a permanent collection at 5520 Trail Ave. (the old library building, behind the Shell gas station) in Sechelt.

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Vicki Dobbyn, executive director of Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (SCCSS), officially opened the new space and encouraged the community to learn more about these valuable services.

CCRR is a Ministry of Children and Family Development funded program, operated by SCCSS, which offers an array of services. Families can get information on and referrals to quality child care, assistance in applying for child care subsidy, attend workshops and have access to a lending library of toys, books and parenting information. They also support child care providers with information, consultation services, newsletters, learning and networking opportunities, and a lending library of toys and resources.

In addition, they have a selection of art supplies for sale and offer inexpensive, short-term equipment rentals such as car seats, high chairs and strollers to members and non-members.

The CCRR program also works in partnership with the community to enhance availability and accessibility of quality child care spaces that support the needs of children, families and the Sun-shine Coast communities. For more information, see www.coastccrr.ca.

The mission of the CRC is to inform, refer, educate and empower the community, one person at a time.

Have a question? Need help? Talk to them. They are your hub of Coast-wide information and can help connectyou with local community service providers and government agencies thathave the expertise to get the assistance youmay need.

Their servicesand programs, operated in partnership with SCCSS, are constantly growing and changing depending on the needs of the community. They offer a free legal information program, pro bono legal clinics and a variety of workshops and can assist you with filling out application forms.

They also work with the community on a variety of projects like The Progress Plan (www.progressplan.ca), community planning for women's economic well-being along the Coast.

Visit www.communityresourcecentre.info, call 604-885-4088 or drop by tolearn more about the programs and services.

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