COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
March 27, 2020: If you are providing essential services in Vancouver during the COVID-19 pandemic (example: health care) and have no other options for childcare, request a childcare referral.
Review our latest report
May 28, 2020: May is Early Learning and Childcare month. Our staff report reviews how COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has impacted childcare, our response, and our goals for recovery.
New childcare spaces
July 4, 2019: Vancouver families can look forward to having as many as 2,300 new child care spaces created through our new partnership with the Province and other sectoral partners.
Children who have a good start in life do better at school and enjoy improved physical and mental health.
We recognize that children benefit from quality care, family support, and opportunities for play, learning, and connection. This is why childcare and early learning is reflected so prominently in our Healthy City Strategy.
Addressing the high need for childcare
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
Although childcare is a senior government responsibility, we're trying to make a modest impact and provide leadership in demonstrating the role that a municipal government can play in childcare.
Since the 1970’s we've facilitated the creation of over 4,400 childcare spaces (including preschool), in partnership with developers, the Province, and non-profit organizations. We surpassed our 1,000 space creation target from our 2015 – 2018 Capital Plan and set a new 1,000 space creation target for our 2019 – 2022 Capital Plan. We also provide grants to support qualifying non-profit childcare centres.
Learn more about Vancouver’s approach to childcare.
For more information or assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need help finding childcare?
Resources for childcare providers
Developing a childcare centre
The City helps create high quality, licensed childcare facilities throughout Vancouver. Get the City's Childcare Guidelines and apply for available grants.
Resources for delivering quality early learning programs
Useful resources to help Early Childhood Educators and administrators deliver high-quality licensed childcare programs.
Resources for parents and caregivers
Raising healthy children
Information, tools, and resources to help parents and guardians raise happy, healthy, and active children.
UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)
- Early Development Instrument (EDI) External web site, opens in new tab
- Middle Years Instrument (MDI) External web site, opens in new tab
HELP’s population level research helps inform the work of City staff by highlighting the ways in which children and youth in Vancouver may or may not be thriving.
Raising healthy children
- Westcoast Family Centres External web site, opens in new tab
- BC Healthy Child Development Alliance External web site, opens in new tab
- Mind in the Making – Essential Life Skills External web site, opens in new tab
- Supporting children’s social and emotional well-being External web site, opens in new tab
- Pace program for preschool children with behavioural or emotional challenge External web site, opens in new tab