Exploring the Capacity of Indigenous Not-for-Profit Early Learning and Child Care Programs in British Columbia

A recent study by the University of Victoria and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres was prompted by the recent closure, or threat of closure of several urban Indigenous early learning and childcare programs in BC. The purpose of this exploratory study was to: (1) generate a greater understanding of how organizational and funding factors and structures are currently shaping the operation of urban Indigenous early learning and child care programs in BC, and (2) generate recommendations for supporting the operational success of these programs.

The study’s recommendations are split into four categories: ‘Setting Up a Solid Foundation’, ‘Being the Difference Maker,’ ‘Programs Take a Lot of Money,’ and  ‘Our Number One Operational Challenge’: Recruiting/Keeping Staff.