It Takes a Village: Pemberton Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy 2019-2023

A 27-page assessment conducted by SparcBC for the Village of Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and Sea to Sky Community Services Society, April 11 2019, into the childcare needs for the community, reports that. Unfortunately, the report only relied on population data for the Village of Pemberton and did not include population data for Area C – which suggests that the childcare crisis is even direr than reported in these facts, as there are no more spaces available in Area C, but an additional population base of 1606 people, (not including Lil’wat and N’Quatqua First Nations,) who also rely on Pemberton-based childcare spaces and services. Key findings revealed that the Village of Pemberton has only 12.5 spaces available for every 100 children aged 0-12 years – below the provincial average of 18.4 spaces per 100 children and below the ratio of 20 spaces per 100 children enjoyed in Squamish, of 24 per 100 in North Vancouver and 25.6 per 100 in West Vancouver. There are 73 licensed child care spaces in Pemberton to serve a community with 245 children aged 0-4 and 300 children aged 5-12. 90% of survey respondents think the availability of childcare is inadequate. Population growth estimates and specific targets are explored with 19 recommendations made, in order to improve the situation within 5 years.

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