Our goal: Vancouver's children have the best chance of enjoying a healthy childhood.
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
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
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.
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.
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.