The Child Care Resource and Referral Program provides support, resources and referral services for child care providers, parents and caregivers in all communities on Haida Gwaii. We partner with community groups to provide workshops, training and professional development opportunities. We aim to promote quality childcare choices that meet the needs of local families.

CCRR can help with starting up home childcare services (Registered License Not Required/RLNRs), applying for Child Care Subsidy and offer referrals to local licensed child care providers. If child care providers need help with administrative issues like contracts, policies and fees we can help with that too. Home and facility support visits are also a big part of what we do. These allow us to bring in new lending library resources and activities directly to those who need them.

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Lending Library

The CCRR Resource Lending Library is a great place for teachers, parents and caregivers to find useful tools that will encourage children’s healthy development and learning. If there are items that you think would be useful additions to the library let us know. CCRR will also deliver resources to designated community drop boxes in Skidegate, Port Clements, Old Massett and Sandspit. If you have other accessibility needs please contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs.

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CCRR Program Coordinator (on leave until July 2020)

My name is Alicia Embree. I have been working as the program coordinator for the Child Care Resource and Referral program since February 2014. Prior to my work with IWS, I coordinated the Success By 6® initiative on Haida Gwaii for three years. I am a teacher and worked in schools and Daycares in the lower mainland before moving to Haida Gwaii four years ago. I have lived in many of the communities on Haida Gwaii and hope to use the relationships I have built to be a useful resource for those looking to connect with all the great services and resources available to us on Haida Gwaii.

I recently completed the Options for Sexual Health sexual health educator certificate program and am using this training to do abuse prevention training for the very young, and age-appropriate sexual health education classes in local schools as part of my community outreach. I am excited to be able to link in to all the other great community programs already on the go within IWS and our communities at large.

I am a big believer in life long learning and am currently working on getting my Early Childhood Educators Certification through North West Community College. I hope to help those in the childcare field as well as all the families and caregivers that depend on them to get the training, resources and support they need. My interests and hobbies include gardening, drawing, birding, biking, and spending time with my friends and in nature.

For more info please email or call Alicia at 250-559-4711 or

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Interim CCRR Program Coordinator and Family & Resource Consultant

My name is Winnie Tsai and I have been with the Child Care Resource and Referral Program since September 2017. I love working with children and started my journey on Haida Gwaii as an Elementary School Teacher at the Living and Learning School. I have a background in Outdoor and Experiential Education (Primary/Junior Grades) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and love spending time outdoors.

In my year with IWS I have completed multiple training opportunities that will allow me to expand the programming we offer to the Haida Gwaii Community. I am trained to facilitate Safe Spaces, The Parent Child Mother Goose Program, Positive Discipline, Roots of Empathy and Too Hot For Tots.

Aside from offering Child Care information and referrals, I am also the point person for any questions regarding the Resource Lending Library and the new 2018 Affordable Child Care Benefit. I am aware that on Haida Gwaii we must come together as a community to address Child Care needs, and we at the CCRR are continuously working hard to recruit more ECEs and find ways to make Child Care accessible. If you are interested in becoming an ECE please contact the CCRR for support with applications, bursaries and information.

If you have any questions (or lovely comments) feel free to call me during my office hours Thursdays 9:30am – 5:30pm or leave a message / email to set up an alternative appointment time.

CCRR Community Outreach Coordinator

My name is Anja McLeod. I first moved to Masset in 2017 to live with my sister, when I began working as a full-time child care provider. While my education is in philosophy, I quickly discovered that my passion is to support children in their curiosity for, and experiences of the world. I was hired with CCRR in June of 2019. I have completed the Roots of Empathy Instructor Training, which allows me to deliver a social-emotional learning program in Elementary Schools. I host a weekly Play Group, work closely with Tawlang ga Tlaayds, offer support to families and child care providers through the Lending Library, and facilitate any resource referrals and connections you may need.

In addition to the positive lessons and sense of community that working in child care has provided, it has also opened my eyes to the profound importance of quality accessible early childhood education. I am committed to working with the CCRR alongside other wonderful programs here at the Islands Wellness Society to continue offering support in the realm of child care and family resources on Haida Gwaii.

Drop by 1588 MacDonald St. in Masset during my office hours Monday 9am-5pm or contact me via phone at 250-685-8105 or email with any questions, concerns, or to make an appointment.

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