CED Profile: West Central Women’s Resource Centre (Child Minding Program)

The Canadian CED Network

Year: 2011

This is one of the Canadian CED Network’s CED in Manitoba Profiles Project produced 50 stories of Manitoba communities working to build fairer and stronger local economies, reduce poverty, and revitalize neighbourhoods.

The West Central Women’s Resource Centre (WCWRC), which opened in a basement office in inner city Winnipeg in 2001, recognized that several needs in their low-income community could be addressed by a single initiative — the Childminding Program.

More than just meeting local needs, it would create social, economic, and educational opportunities for local women. The Childminding Program currently creates casual employment opportunities for an average of 40 childminders each month and provides occasional childcare.