Carol Matusicky

Carol Matusicky

A service will be held Friday, December 12th at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Church in Burnaby. A reception will follow at the Delta Hotel from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

On Friday morning, December 5, we lost a dear friend and tireless advocate for families.  Carol was the former Executive Director of the BC Council for Families for 25 years.  Carol was a recipient for many important causes in this province and country.  She was also brilliant, funny and incredibly kind.

She will be missed by everyone who knew or met her. We join many in mourning her loss and celebrating her life and we express our deepest condolences to her familie at this time.


NACY Case Study #2: FRP-BC

National Alliance for Children & Youth (NACY)

NACY has posted their TAKING STOCK - How Canadian Child and Youth Agencies are Responding to Economic Challenges

Case Study #2: BC Association of Family Resource Programs
Capacity Building & Knowledge Acquisition: Developing an Academic Certificate Program for Family Resource Program Practitioners in British Columbia

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Early Years Centre Test Sites - Announced

The Provincial Office of the Early Years has completed its evaluation process and determined that twelve proponents are deemed the highest scoring proponents (successful proponents) in the Request for Proposal process for Early Years Centre Test Sites 2014/15.  

The Request for Proposal also indicated that an eligibility list may be established for potential additional sites for 2014/15 and 2015/16 which may be awarded as a result of the RFP process.

View the lists here


Feedback on the draft criteria for the early years centres

At the Early Years Conference 2014 the provincial government officially announced the launch of the provincial Office for the Early Years.  At this conference the government had a feedback form and FRP-BC has provided Feedback on the draft criteria for the Early Years Centres.

Early Years Centres

Officially announced last week at the Early Years Conference.  The information table presented by the provincial government included a feedback form that is due this Friday (February 7th).

FRP-BC will be submitting our feedback.

Government Requests Feedback on Early Years Centres


Early Years Strategy

BC Families Agenda
Building a Sustainable Quality Early Years Strategy to Support BC Families

Early Years Strategy
The Families First Agenda

Communique from Joan Easton,
Executive Director, Early Years, CYSN and Quality Assurance Policy, MCFD
Hello everyone,
On February 20, 2013 the Premier announced the BC Early Years Strategy.  The eight-year strategy is a cross-ministry framework that is guided by the goals of improving the accessibility, quality and affordability of early years programs and services.  As valued working colleagues I wanted to be sure that you were aware of the strategy and had access to background materials.
An early initiative will be to map and review the range of existing early years programs and services.  This work will support the establishment of a Provincial Office for the Early Years that will solidify a “one-government” approach to the early years.  The Office will develop an action plan to put in place an integrated system of early childhood services across the province that provides practical, quality information and support to better meet the needs of busy parents.
There will be continued opportunities for engagement and dialogue.  For example, building on previous engagement efforts, including the ECD and Child Care Forums, and the BC Families First website, there will be an early years forum in the Fall of 2013 to obtain feedback and advice from the sector on the framework and action plan.
For more information on the strategy, please refer to the attached background document.  We look forward to further discussions. 
Joan Easton

An Integrated System of Child Care Early Learning and Family Support

Through a UWLM Public Policy Grant, the BC Association of Family Resource Programs will provide leadership and support to manage a three-year ECD policy development initiative. We are committed to working with others to advance a provincial framework of Child Care, Early Learning and Family Support. 


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FRP-BC Signs MoU with the Ministry of Education


Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education <click here>


Presentation about the MOU with MinEd

Presentation delivered at the September 19 First Call Roundtable Meeting <Click Here>

Protect Vulnerable Families

Common Sense Changes Encourage Work, Protect Vulnerable Families - BC Government Newsroom

MCFD Operational & Strategic Directional Plan


Download MCFD's Operational & Strategic Directional Plan

MCFD Operational & Strategic Directional Plan (2012-2015)

Letter to FCSS from DM Brown

Letter to Deputy Minister Stephen Brown


FRP-BC submts letter to Deputy Minister Stephen Brown in response to the MCFD Service Plan.

FRP-BC Response Letter to MCFD Service Plan

Early Years Literature Review


Developed in partnership between MCFD and FRP-BC.  The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of early years program service delivery in BC and examine the integration of early years programs and services in other jurisdictions.  The report examines the following research question: Based on experiences described in other jurisdictions, what are the key enabling elements for promoting and maintaining successful integration of early years programs and services?

Click here to read the Literature Review