The Victoria Native Friendship Centre recieved funding for their Aboriginal Supported Child Development programming (Facebook/VNFC)

Victoria Native Friendship Centre receives nearly half a million for child development

Funds will help manage wait lists for children needing one-on-one support

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre will receive nearly half a million dollars for its Aboriginal Supported Child Development program from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The $458,996 is a top-up to funds put forward for the program when it was first established in 2007, and the first addition for the program in over five years.

READ ALSO: Youth carve out a bond with First Nations’ culture

Ron Rice, executive director said the funds were definitely needed.

“All of it will go to help manage our wait lists for children needing one-on-one support,” Rice said. “It creates support agreements with children going into either daycare or school settings so they can participate fully.”

The Aboriginal Supported Child Development program sets kids up with one-on-one support workers to help them learn if they have physical or cognitive development delays, or social or emotional challenges.

The program services all First Nations of Southern Vancouver Island, and the wait lists for children to join are long.

“We stop taking names when the list is at 25, so it’s hard to assess actual need in the region,” Rice said.

READ ALSO: International Rotary project benefits local resource centre

According to the Ministry of Child and Family Development, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre is one of 83 organizations across the province that will be sharing $30 million in funding over the next three years to expand and enhance their Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development programming for families with children with extra support needs.

“I’m happy we can do this work, and work with families in this way,” Rice said. “I think we’re happy to be able give them the tools to succeed in life.”

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is receiving a total of $458,996 over the next three years to enhance and expand their Aboriginal Supported Child Development programming.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Canadians with disabilities disproportionately hit by COVID-19 pandemic

More than four out of 10 British Columbians aged 70 and up have various disabilities

Laid-off hotel workers demanding the right to return to work at Victoria protest

Businesses in accommodation and food sector report laying off 80 per cent of workforce

Police use tear gas to apprehend Saanich woman threatening neighbours, police

Woman facing possible criminal charges after standoff with police

Police issue warning after baby comes across suspected drugs in Kamloops park

The 11-month-old girl’s mother posted photos on social media showing a small plastic bag containing a purple substance

Collision results in train derailment just east of Golden

The derailment occurred Sunday night, according to a statement from CP

Lower Mainland woman says llama farming neighbour shot her 11-month-old pup

Young dog was on owner’s Maple Ridge property when it was killed on June 21

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

B.C. highway widening job reduced, costs still up $61 million

Union-only project scales back work to widen Trans-Canada

BC Wildfire Service to conduct night vision trials for helicopters in South Okanagan

This technology could assist with future firefighting operations

Victoria man dies after skydiving incident on Vancouver Island

34-year-old had made more than 1,000 jumps

Most Read