Find useful resources on this page to support you in providing high-quality licensed child care programming that promotes healthy childhood development.
What's on this page
- Applying for City of Vancouver child care grants
- Operating a City-owned childcare
- Assessing community need
- Indigenous culture competency videos
- Child development hub models
- Links: Child development research and child care advocacy
- Vancouver neighbourhood profiles - data about children and families
- Social emotional learning resources
- City funding for childcare providers
We select non-profit operators to run City-owned childcare facilities at nominal rent. To be notified of upcoming operator selection processes for new City-owned childcare centres, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We analyze child population, existing childcare licences, school enrollment, and other data to estimate changing local needs for childcare.
We use this data to support nonprofit childcare operators in shaping new or existing program offerings, strategic planning, or preparing grant proposals.
- This map PDF file (78 KB) shows the estimated percentage of need for child care which is currently met for children ages 0-4 in 2017, by geographical network areas.
- This map PDF file (240 KB) shows the estimated percentage of need for child care which is currently met for children ages 5-12 in 2017, by geographical network areas.
There are local variations in need and family preferences across the city, which are not reflected in the City’s calculations of childcare need.
The age groups with the lowest percentage of childcare need that is currently met are infants and toddlers (under age 3) and school age children (ages 5-12). The need for part day preschool programs (ages 3-4 only) is generally met across the city.
An understanding of the history and culture of Indigenous peoples is crucial to reconciliation.
Musqueam Nation, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, and Collingwood Neighbourhood House, in partnership with the City of Vancouver and other community partners, created a series of five Indigenous cultural competency video modules and an accompanying study guide for ECEs.
Watch the videos and read the guide to learn about Indigenous culture and history, and develop skills and get tools to teach young children about the rich heritage and history of Indigenous peoples.
- Welcome (vimeo) External web site, opens in new tab
- Identifies and beliefs (vimeo) External web site, opens in new tab
- The Indian Act (vimeo) External web site, opens in new tab
- Residential Schools, 60s Scoop, Legacy of kids in care (vimeo) External web site, opens in new tab
- The future of early childhood (vimeo) External web site, opens in new tab
- This Land: A companion resource for Early Childhood Educators to accompany five short films PDF file (6.05 MB)
Learn about child development centres that provide expanded services for children and families:
- Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) External web site, opens in new tab
- Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre External web site, opens in new tab
- BC Aboriginal Child Care Society External web site, opens in new tab
- Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC External web site, opens in new tab
- Early Childhood Educators of BC External web site, opens in new tab
- Child Care Resource and Research Unit External web site, opens in new tab
- Early Childhood Education Report External web site, opens in new tab
The Vancouver Early Years Partnership and University of British Columbia Human Early Learning Partnership collaborated on a research project to produce detailed demographic reports for all 21 Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Compiled in 2018, the Vancouver Demographic Reports External website, opens in new tab include key data about children and families in the city, compiled into easy to reference documents. The intention of these profiles is to encourage thought, reflection, conversation, and the desire to know more and do more.
This information provides local planning tables, service providers, government, funders, and others the data needed to work collaboratively to make changes that will improve the lives of children and their families.
The PACE Program External web site, opens in new tab provides an intensive child and family program for preschool aged children (aged 3 to 5) showing significant emotional or behavioural challenges.
Mind in the Making - Essential Life Skills External web site, opens in new tab is a program that shares the science of children’s learning with the general public, families, and professionals who work with children and families.
City funding for childcare providers
This program offers small grants for non-profit organizations, to assist with the capital costs of outfitting rooms in schools to house licensed childcare.
Provides one-time funding for research, policy development, and related projects to improve childcare in Vancouver.
Provides free access to workshops, labs, and other learning opportunities for staff and board members of eligible organizations.
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.
Provides funds to non-profit organizations to support new and existing daycares.
Provides funds for non-profit daycare centres facing financial emergencies, to help them strengthen their cash flow and better manage their money.
Provides funds to licensed non-profit daycares to help cover costs for starting new programs or expanding existing ones.
Provides support for capital projects that preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of vulnerable communities.