A healthy city for all 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

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Data Source: UBC HELP, Early Development Instrument

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.

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