Cariboo Child Care Society (CCCS) is an independent non-profit society that has been located on the campus Thompson Rivers University for almost 50 years. CCCS will be celebrating their 50 year anniversary on August 14th 2023
All enrolled families become members during the period they are attending the centre and each family is entitled to one vote at the Annual General Meeting held each fall.
CCCS is governed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of parents, TRU Faculty, TRU Representatives and members of the community. The board meets on a regular basis and conducts all business related to the administration and operations of the Society.
In 1973 a group of parents and UCC faculty members registered to open a non- profit organization to serve the needs of childcare for families on campus.
Through fundraising and hard work, the Board of CCCS was able to purchase the original building (known now as ELC) and offer childcare for 3-5 year old children. The Board of Cariboo College (as it was then) granted the society the right to use the land on which the daycare currently sits, thereby easing the financial burden on the Society. In 1988, the college was able to loan a small adjacent building to the Society to house a much needed service for toddlers. At the same time the Society pioneered a program for children with exceptionalities, offering full integration supported by one-on-one specialized programming. As childcare for children with exceptionalities changed through the years CCCS followed best practice and moved to using outreach community-based models where therapists and medical professionals provide service to children in their familiar environment. This service has grown to be known as Supported Child Development and CCCS continues to partner with families and Supported Child Development to provide inclusive care to all children to the best of our ability.
In 1993, after a lot of hard work on the part of a Building Committee comprised of staff, Cariboo College Faculty and Administration Personnel as well as CCCS Board members a new childcare building was constructed. Capital funding was granted by the ministry of Advanced Education, Training & Technology, and the Ministry of Women’s Equality. This enabled the Society to utilize the existing childcare building for a School Aged Child Program and to provide services in the new building for families of children from 8 weeks old- 5 years of age.
Through the years Cariboo Child Care Society has grown and changed to attempt to meet the current needs of families and the availability of spaces in the community. In May 2021 the Society purchased a school age program called Beyond the Bell and is now able to offer care for 24 children 5-12 years of age.
CCCS, in partnership with TRU, is again in the process of creating a new childcare space on the campus of TRU. This new building received partial funding through the Ministry of Family and Child Development’s New Spaces Fund and will allow CCCS to open 12 new spaces immediately with room for growth in the future. This new space will be part of TRUs Early Childhood Education Centre and will be housed in the same building as the TRU Early Childhood Education Program as well as the Children and the Law Laboratory. CCCS will be making the move to the new space in the Summer of 2022.