A healthy city for all goal 1: A good start
Goal 1: A good start

A good start

Our goal: Vancouver's children have the best chance of enjoying a healthy childhood.
children considered developmentally ready for school at kindergarten in 2016

Our experiences as children and youth affect our development and health throughout life. Investment in all aspects of child development, including quality childcare and early learning, is an investment in the sustainability of the city.

Considerations for healthy good starts include:

  • Physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual development
  • Loving and secure attachments
  • Housing and neighbourhoods
  • Family income
  • Clean environments and quality food
  • Health and childcare
Our target: 85% of Vancouver’s children are developmentally ready for school when they enter kindergarten

Progress we've made so far

Hover on data points for more information.
Data Source: UBC HELP, Early Development Instrument

How we measure change

We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward A Good Start using data from the federal census program, research into school readiness, childcare facilities listings, and income tax returns.

2015-2018 Priority Actions

Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Children and childcare

Council is committed to making sure that all children get the support and care they need to grow and develop physically and mentally. Learn more about childcare and child development programs.

Vancouver Food Strategy

The Vancouver Food Strategy is a plan to improve our food system, making the city more equitable, sustainable, and economically healthy. Learn more, and get involved.

Neighbourhood planning projects

Community plans are important road maps that provide clear but flexible frameworks to guide positive change and development in neighbourhoods

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan