Licensed preschool at community centres

Children and childcare in Vancouver

Licensing, funding, and subsidizing childcare is the role of the provincial government.

However, the City, working with our partners, plays a role in planning, coordinating, and advocating for childcare and early learning programs.

Recognizing that childcare is a public amenity intended primarily to support working families, Council and staff:

  • Partner with non-profit organizations to deliver quality, affordable, and accessible childcare
  • Facilitate the development of infrastructure to support integrated childcare services, including licensed group care and other family support services
  • Use financial tools to leverage facilities and land, and offset some operating costs
  • Encourage senior governments to uphold their responsibility for childcare