Kootenay Kids Society, registered in 2005, is an interdependent, non-profit, multi-service, community based agency with a three-fold intent:
1. to plan for and provide direct social and community services;
2. to raise and heighten awareness of social concerns and priorities within the community;
3. to create opportunities for community members to participate in serving, developing and strengthening their community through partnership with government, private organizations and individuals.
1. Nelson Family Day Care Society began in 1971 when 5 homes in and around Nelson opened to provide childcare for special needs children. Funding provided by Federal Government Local Initiatives Program (L.I.P)
2. In 1973 NFDCS was registered as a Society and the Family Child Care Support Service was formalized.
3. Nelson and District Child Care Society established as a Non Profit Society and operated Brandon House.
1. January 21, 1986 NFDC Society and NDCS amalgamated to form West Kootenay Family & ChildCare Services Society.
2. Society Administration Offices housed at 912 Carbonate Street – Brandon House was renamed Chestnut Hollow. Designation as Special Needs Child Care Setting.
3. Society contract received for Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Early Intervention Services.
1. Staff certified with BC Government Employees Union.
2. 1992 Expansion funding for Family Child Care Services and name change to Child Care Support Services. CCSS moved to 514 Hall Street in Nelson. Service area included Nakusp, New Denver, Kaslo and Salmo.
3. Creation of Society logo.
4. 1994 Nelson CCSS chosen as one of 4 Federal Provincial Pilot projects creating One Stop Access for Child Care – Child Care Connections. Project included CCSS;
1. Society purchased heritage home at 312 Silica Street. In 1995 emergency short term child care was added to the OSA as Child Care Connections Daycare.
2. Community Partnership including School District No 8, Health, City of Nelson, Ministry of Social Services successful receipt of funding for Young Parent Program and Infant Toddler Centre. Care to Learn constructed adjacent to LV Rogers High school.
3. 1995 Care to Learn Centre opened with Infant Toddler and Preschool program.
4. Name change for CCSS to Child Care Resource and Referral in 1996.
5. January 1998 Society opened Brent Kennedy Childrens Centre in South Slocan.
6. Society became member of Community Social Service Employers Association.
7. Resource Van leased for Child Care Connections Community Outreach Program.
8. Society Staff involved in labor action.
1. Expansion of child care spaces at Care to Learn, Brent Kennedy and creation of After school programs at South Nelson and Gordon Sargent schools.
2. January 2001 Family Place established at 503 Front Street including Life After Birth, Pregnancy Outreach, Nobody’s Perfect, Nelson Community Action Program for Children, Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy and partnering with Services for Seniors.
3. November 2002 Child Care Resource and Referral moved to Family Place.
4. Society gained Regional CAPC contract.
5. Child Care Subsidy Program moved to Regional Call centre and Ministry made cuts to Child Care Subsidy which meant deficit for daycares.
6. Announcement of elimination of Child Care Resource & Referral and Child Care Connections by March 2004.
7. Munroe wage agreement cancelled causing closure of Chestnut Hollow,Brent Kennedy Children’s Centre and Child Care Connections Daycare with loss of 50% of staff and wage reductions for those who remained.
8. Reinstatement of funding for Child Care Resource & Referral and creation of Regional Services. WKFACS secured Interior Regional Contract.
9. 503 Front Street building sold June 2005, Family Place programs and CCRR moved to 312 Silica Street with renovation of building.
10. Society secures contracts for Life After Birth and Pregnancy Outreach.
11. Name change to Kootenay Kids Society with marketing campaign undertaken.
12. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy move to portable adjacent to Care To Learn.
13. New Program for Aboriginal Early Intervention added to Family Place.
14. Expansion of mandate for CCRR lead to move to new storefront location at 518 Lake Street apart of Community’s First Health Coop.
15. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy move to 518 Lake Street.
16. Extensive renovation of 312 Silica Street to accommodate programs.
17. Partnership with School District in operation of school based playgroups in 3 schools.
18. Beginning of CARF Accreditation