United Way of the Lower Mainland works with our partners in community to understand the key social issues that face our society. By understanding the underlying causes, we get to the heart of the problem to build a safe, caring, inclusive community that we are all proud to call home.
Below is a selection of the key resources and reports that delve deeper into our three priority areas of Children 0-6, Children 6-12 and Seniors.
Reports and Resources on 0-6
The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study
The High/Scope Perry Preschool study is a scientific experiment that has identified both the short and long-term effects of a high quality preschool education program for young children living in poverty. Download here.
The Benefits and Costs of Good Child Care: The Economic Rationale for Public Investment in Young Children - A Policy Study.
Reports and Resources on Children 6-12
Our children’s voices: The Middle Years Development Instrument, Vancouver MDI 2010
Licensed school-aged child care in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia
United Way of the Lower Mainland and YMCA of Greater Vancouver commissioned a report on the availability of licensed school-aged child care in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The report below looks at services, gaps and recommendations for future directions. Download here.
As part of the report please find a series of maps indicating the locations of licensed school-aged child care in the Lower Mainland. Download here.
United Way Middle Childhood Inside and Out: A report on the well being of children age 9-12.
Issues Affecting the Well-Being of Canadian Children in the Middle Years – 6-12
A Discussion Paper.A Literature Review prepared for the Middle Childhood Initiative of the National Children’s Alliance. Download here.
Middle Childhood Matters - A Framework to promote Healthy Development of Children 6-12.
Child and Youth Heath Network of Eastern Ontario. Download here.
Making a measureable difference in the lives of children age 6-12:
2009 outcomes for after-school programs supported by United Way of the Lower Mainland. Download here.
Reports and Resources on Seniors
Seniors in the Lower Mainland
A snapshot of facts and trends
Evaluation of the Community Action for Seniors Independence (CASI) Pilot Project
Click here to access the report.
2012 Building on our Strengths: Towards Collaboration on Seniors’ Health Data Development
Dr. Jean F. Kozak – Health Intelligence Systems
Emily LaFlamme – An Overview of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Seniors’ Health Data
Kathleen Friesen – An Overview of Fraser Health’s Seniors’ Health Data
Final Workshop Report – “Building on Our Strengths: Towards Collaboration on Seniors’ Health Data Development”
Living Inventory of Seniors’ Health Data Sources – June 25th, 2012
2011 United Way Seniors Vulnerability Report documents:
2011 United Way Seniors Forum Summary Report documents:
Information Session on Pension Reform 2010
Presentation on Seniors’ Household Income in Metro Vancouver. Prepared by United Way of the Lower Mainland, this presentation summarizes household income data for the region’s over-65 population and identifies low-income groups of seniors by social characteristics, living arrangements and municipality. Click here for the presentation.
United Way Seniors Forum 2009
Full Research Report: Towards an Age-Friendly Community. Download here.
An atlas of the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Seniors Population and Services. Download here.
Community Indicators for an Aging Population, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
This study develops a set of indicators and a checklist that can help communities meet needs and challenges arising from population aging by identifying community attributes that are of particular importance to help seniors “age in place”. Download here.
North Shore Community Resources: Seniors in Communities Project.
A series of maps for seniors on seniors related services on the North Shore including; housing, health services, social services and home and outreach support. View the maps here.
Moving Towards Age-Friendly Communities
This report, funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland, provides a summary of current and projected future population figures for older adults, via community profiles,for the region’s municipalities. The report also offers a preliminary overview of existing seniors’ services in the region, in terms of their number, type and municipal location. Click here.