We are a Centre of Excellence. With culture and language at the heart of our approach, it is the integration of these four pillars (Service, Education & Training, Resource Centre, and Research) of work that strengthens each and serves as the generator of innovation and excellence.
All Indigenous children in BC have the right to access holistic culturally based early learning and child care programs, services and supports so they can reach their full potential.
As a Centre of Excellence, BCACCS provides research, resources, training, and services that support communities to increase capacity, quality and access for early learning and child care programs. Through leadership and expertise, we champion the rights of Indigenous children.
Who We Are
The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) is a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous early learning and child care. BCACCS was established in 1996 to administer the BC share of the federal government’s First Nations/Inuit Child Care Initiative. Through this initiative, we helped establish over 800 licensed child care spaces in BC. We incorporated as a non-profit society in 1998 and obtained charitable status in 2000.
Through collaboration, partnership, and knowledge sharing, BCACCS supports Indigenous communities to develop high quality, culturally based, spiritually enriching community child care services that are rooted in the child’s culture, language, and history.
- Child care is an essential building block for the social fabric of our communities and strengthens children, families, and communities.
- Our children have a right to high quality early learning and child care services that are culturally based, affordable, and comprehensive.
- Our child care services must be community owned and directed, involve parents, Elders, leaders, community members, and reaffirm their perspectives and teachings.
- Our child care educators require teaching and learning materials that reflect children’s culture, history and traditions, and education and training that prepare them for their responsibilities in our Nations and communities.
- First Nations have authority over their early learning and child care system as they know best their needs, hopes, and dreams.