Our team is continuing to work virtually and has already begun to implement re-imagined engagement strategies, methods, and digital tools reflecting current COVID19 health directives. In addition, CEC has created a free resource and illustrated e-storybook for children and families in response to the disruptions caused by COVID19.
In partnership with Save the Children International, CEC developed a child-friendly version of the East African Child Policy which further promotes the rights of children in East Africa and helps to guarantee their brighter, healthier, and prosperous future. This colorful and eye-catching document invites curiosity, participation, reflection, and responses using comic-book imagery, child-friendly language, and the integration of activities, embed videos and resources throughout. The document is designed to be used as a teaching tool and resource, helping to ensure that the rights of children in East Africa are recognized, promoted, and protected. The document’s content and design was greatly informed by the perspectives of children, through the implementation of various consultation methods. The development of a child-friendly version helps to ensure that children understand the EAC Child policy; therefore, able to engage actively in its implementation and in matters that are of concern to them. CEC has been involved in many projects related to children’s rights, policies, strategies, and community development, both locally and internationally. CEC is proud to have contributed to the collaborative work being done by the East African Community and Save theChildren International to guarantee the rights and well-being of children in East Africa.
Working with the City of Pitt Meadows, CEC developed a comprehensive report detailing the community’s current and future child care needs by identifying the specific factors contributing to local child care conditions and the impact these challenges have on children, families, childcare providers, and the local economy. The assessment clearly identified the community’s critical service gaps and unmet child care needs through the collection and analysis of all relevant data and information, including the results of a robust engagement strategy which targeted multiple stakeholder groups, including the City’s youngest citizens.
A wide range of engagement methods and tools (with consideration to pandemic related challenges) provided further context on the issues, and included varying perspectives on complex issues, further informing the assessment of local child care needs, supporting the development of space creation targets, and tailoring of
the report’s recommendations.
“I want to express my gratitude for this thorough report. There was so much great information and facts -
and the FACTS are what we need! I believe this report will go a long way in helping us be successful in our application for provincial funding and hopefully adding many more daycare spaces for Pitt Meadows.”
– Councilor Simpson, City of Pitt Meadows (Regular Meeting of Council - April 28, 2020)