Programs & Services - Family and Community - Overview

Family and Community

The New Westminster School District is committed to establishing and nurturing community partnerships with local service providers to offer programs and services in our schools that promote the well-being of our children, youth and families. We believe that strong families are critical to the success of our children and youth and, ultimately, our community as a whole.

We achieve this important goal through a variety of means that include after school and evening Community School programs and Neighbourhood Learning Centres that provide an array of programs throughout the day for children and their families including child care. We open our schools to welcome families so they may engage, learn and grow.

We are fortunate that New Westminster is recognized for its collaborative relationships between community service providers. The New Westminster School District promotes and encourages collaborative partnerships with community service providers to allow us to offer programs and services in our schools that promote the well-being of our children, youth and families.

An important way that these partnerships are developed is through the many community-based committees of which school district staff are active members.

  • Healthy Schools New West
  • KIDS NEW WEST Child Development Committee
  • Literacy New West
  • New Westminster Childhood Development Public Partners Committee
  • New Westminster Community Food Action Committee
  • New Westminster Healthy Community Partnership Committee
  • New Westminster Homelessness Coalition (Liaison)
  • New Westminster Inter-agency Council
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Welcoming Inclusive New West Local Immigration Partnership (WINs)

Community Schools

An array of active and engaging after school programs are offered for our children and youth through our Community Schools programs.   Parents, grandparents and community members may also benefit from a variety of programs such as English language courses, a pre-school drop-in, financial literacy courses and others offered through Community Schools.

Community Schools inspire personal growth far beyond the limits of traditional education.

Learn more about Community Schools

Neighbourhood Learning Centres

We are very excited to have two vibrant Neighbourhood Learning Centres (NLCs) in the New Westminster School District.   NLCs are spaces within schools dedicated to community use for programs to services to strengthen and meet the needs of families in the neighbourhood.

Our first NLC is located at Qayqayt Elementary School where we are proud to offer an Early Years Centre with programming for children 0 to 5 years of age and their families in addition to an array of other program offerings.  The Lower Mainland Purpose Society also operates a licensed child care at the same NLC for toddlers and children ages 3 – 5 years of age.

Our second and newest NLC is located at Fraser River Middle School.  The centre opened in September 2016 and houses the Ready, Set, Grow child care for infants, toddlers and 3-5 year olds.  An adjacent multipurpose room space will be used for an array of programs to serve the needs of children 6- 12 and their families.

Learn more about Neighbourhood Learning Centres.

Child Care in Schools

In the New Westminster School District, we believe that quality, accessible and affordable child care provides significant social and economic benefit for the community.  Research shows that quality child care has a direct relationship to school readiness, literacy development, poverty reduction, and community engagement.

Although the New Westminster School District does not directly provide licensed child care, we have for over 20 years provided space in our schools for child care and before and after school programs operated by local non-profit societies.

Learn more about Child Care in New Westminster Schools

Healthy Schools

We believe that social-emotional well-being and healthy lifestyles increase learner success in the New Westminster School District. Healthy students are better learners and grow up to be healthy adults.

The school district is working with community partners including Fraser Health to take a holistic approach to healthy schools through a Comprehensive School Health model.
Learn more about Healthy Schools New West

News & Announcements

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It’s Official for 2018! New Westminster Schools is a place where students love to learn…

It’s Official for 2018! New Westminster Schools is a place where students love to learn…

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A New Westminster Schools journey toward Reconciliation…

A New Westminster Schools journey toward Reconciliation…

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A hidden child of the Holocaust: NWSS students meet a survivor

A hidden child of the Holocaust: NWSS students meet a survivor

For NWSS student Scotia Cookson, learning that a child risked death for the simple act of looking out a window speaks volumes about the darkest chapter of modern history... more