Community Projects

FAN Projects –
Castlegar Check Up Centres

The Family Action Network of the Lower Columbia works with community partners on a variety of projects. The most recent project is the Check Early Check Often Centre creation in Castlegar and area. 

With funding from the community initiative fund, and in collaboration with Castlegar and Area early years service provides, there will be four places in the community that will be available for early developmental check ups.  These four are as follows:

  • Robson StrongStart
  • Silly Monkeys Childcare Centre
  • Kootenay Family Place, Bright Beginnings
  • C.O.I.N.S


FAN Projects – 
UBC Early Human LEarning PArtnership

Beginning in September 2018, FAN engaged in a two-year pilot project with the University of British Columbia’s Human Early Learning Partnership. The pilot project, funded by Vancouver Foundation, Teck Metals Ltd., and the Columbia Basin Trust helped to identify vulnerabilities in pre-school children and work towards enhancing their developmental outcomes.

FAN, with UBC, has increased opportunities for families with pre-school aged children to check their children’s development through community events and by partnering with  other early years providers.

FAN and UBC conitue to share emerging information with local early childhood service providers and collectively, make decisions around investments and programing that work to address areas of vulnerability.

Toddle Development Index

Our Priority Projects

A 2012 Survey to parents in the Lower Columbia revealed some great information about priorities for young families in our area. Stemming from this parent feedback, FAN has invested in key projects that contribute to making our region the best place to raise a family as listed below.

Ages & Stages Events

Annual child development events held in the Fall and Spring.

Family friendly Washrooms

Easy Peezy Comfort Stations and Family friendly Washrooms located throughout the region.

Online “Hub”

Website providing resources and events

Offering varied learning and networking events

Events often in partnership with other organizations. Watch for upcoming Parent Conversation Cafes.