Prior to 1981, children with developmental delays and their families were required to travel to Prince George or Terrace for therapy and support services. To address the need for local services, a Steering Committee was established to enlist support from groups and agencies on establishing a Child Development Centre. The Ministry of Human Resources responded with contracts for a “special needs” preschool program and an Infant Development Program. Under the sponsorship of the Bulkley Valley Child Development Society, the Centre opened its doors on November 23, 1981.

In September 1986, the Centre moved from the Village of Telkwa to Town of Smithers where the Society leased space from the St. James Anglican Church. At this time, the Society was able to purchase Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services from the Terrace Child Development Centre and to then include these services to the BV CDC.

In January 1991, the BV CDC was successful in obtaining the contract for the Early Intervention Program which included Family Support, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services.

In February 1992, a Toy Lending and Resource Library was established with funding from the Ronald MacDonald’s Children’s Charities.

In May 1995, the BV CDC was successful in acquiring a contract through the Child Care Strategic Initiatives Program to establish the Child Care Resource and Referral Program.

In the Spring of 1997, the Society restructured the “special Needs” preschool program to facilitate and support the inclusion of children with special needs within all community based child care programs.

Beginning in 1998, the BV CDC contracted with schools throughout the Bulkley Valley to provide Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services. The Society also provided contracts with the Aboriginal Head Start Programs for therapy services.

In 1999, the Society completed the purchase of a new building and relocated its services and programs. This purchase was the result of thirteen years of fundraising efforts including the Celebrity Golf Tournament, donations from the community, the Vancouver Foundation and the Lions Society of BC.

In 2009, the BV CDC acquired sensory motor equipment through funds from the Ronald McDonald House Charities. These funds provided new therapy equipment for children and youth in Houston, Hazelton as well as in Smithers. The BV CDC has now has three community based sensory motor rooms!

Today in 2011, the BV CDC's main building is in Smithers  as well as three other community based locations in Hazelton, Houston and Smithers. In Hazelton, the BV CDC is located within the Hazelton and Area Early Child Development Services building. In Houston, the BV CDC has office space within the Northern Health Center. In Smithers, the BVCDC's CCRR program operates within the Early Child Development Services building.  Our services are family centered, community-based with outreach to homes, child-care programs in 22 communities from Topley to Kitwanga, Dease Lake and Iskut. The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre is one of over 30 Child Development Organizations in the Province of B.C. The BV CDC is a member of the B.C. Association of Child Development and Intervention.

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