Lord Kelvin Hub Pilot Leads the Way

Submitted by: Karen Corcione
Community Development Coordinator
SD40 and non profit agencies
New Westminster

In October 2013, a small pilot set out to scout uncharted territory, and it seems the Lord Kelvin Hub Pilot is the little engine that could! In the surrounding neighborhood, 28% of children under six years are vulnerable on one or more developmental scales (HELP 2011), one of the highest rates in New Westminster. Parents here are struggling, and the Hub Pilot illustrates what families need; the program is so successful that parents initiated a petition requesting Family Place expand from two to five days per week.

A cooperative initiative involving SD40 and non profit agencies, the Hub Pilot opened in an aging portable on school grounds and, with no operational funding, faced some challenges. Updates to the bathroom, flooring, and installation of a stroller ramp were completed with a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities. Success by 6 funds allowed New Westminster Family Place to offer a family resource program two mornings each week. Family Services of Greater Vancouver contributed other family strengthening programs, such as financial literacy education. New operational policies and inter-agency monthly staff meetings assisted partners in understanding one another's programs.

Members of the New Westminster Public Partners Child Development Committee, and the Kids New West Child Development Committee, have pursued Early Childhood Development Hubs for over seven years. The Queensborough Early Years Community Consultation, conducted in 2007, informed the redevelopment of Queensborough Community Centre, which re-opened in May 2013 following substantial renovations. The new facility includes a child development hub that incorporates a child care centre, multipurpose room with kitchen, a branch library, and other municipal services. Neighborhood Hub needs assessments have also been completed for three other New Westminster neighborhoods.

Learn more at: www.kidsnewwest.ca

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