Vancouver's children have the best chance of enjoying a healthy childhood.
85% of Vancouver’s children are developmentally ready for school when they enter kindergarten.
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
Progress we've made so far
Healthy City Dashboard
Check out the latest way to find information about health and well-being in Vancouver. View the status, trends, and graphs of health indicators and export the data to use elsewhere.
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.