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Child development resources

To help you establish a high-quality licensed daycare facility - and provide care that promotes healthy childhood development - City staff have gathered a number of useful resources.

The following documents and websites are all centred around children's services and well-being.

Assessing community needs

Learn how to determine if there is a need for childcare in your area:


Childcare administration

Get tools and advice for running a childcare facility:

Childcare design

Learn how to design a safe and healthy facility that supports a child's development:

Child development hub models

Learn about child development centres that provide expanded services for children and families:

Links to other websites

Get support, help, and advice from leading childcare experts throughout the province:

City funding for childcare providers

Social Innovation Project Grants

Provides funding to social service organizations to turn innovative ideas into viable projects that address social change, create or enhance social inclusion and belonging, and help Vancouver's most vulnerable residents.

Childcare Enhancement Grants

Provides funds to non-profit organizations to support new and existing daycares.

Childcare Program Stabilization Grants

Provides funds for non-profit daycare centres facing financial emergencies, to help them strengthen their cash flow and better manage their money.

Childcare Program Development Grants

Provides funds to licensed non-profit daycares to help cover costs for starting new programs or expanding existing ones.

Capital Project Grants

Includes the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Capital Grants and Social Policy Capital Grants. Provides support for capital projects that preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of vulnerable communities in Vancouver. Downtown Eastside (DTES) Capital Grants only fund capital projects within the DTES that help implement actions from the DTES Plan. Social Policy Capital Grants fund small capital projects anywhere in Vancouver.

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Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Supporting children, youth, and families

Vancouver families report

"Children, Youth, and Families in Vancouver" is a City report designed to help civic and community partners make service and program decisions.

Get the report