Licensed preschool at community centres

Children and childcare in Vancouver

Childcare is vital to life in our city. Childcare allows parents to work, receive education and training, and to participate in and contribute to their communities. Childcare helps to give children a good start in life, setting them up for thriving in schools and improved lifelong physical and mental health.

Licensing, funding, and subsidizing childcare is the role of the provincial government. In April 2018, the Province of British Columbia committed to the Childcare BC plan . We work with a variety of partners to ensure accessible, affordable, quality childcare is consistently delivered in coordination with residents’ needs.

Vancouver’s approach to children and childcare

We plan for accessible, affordable, and quality childcare as an essential component of the health and well-being of children and families.

Resources for parents and caregivers

Getting childcare

Find out how to locate childcare in your area, and get added to waiting lists.

Healthy children

Get free information, tools, and resources to help you raise happy, healthy, and active children.

Children and the environment

Get links to programs and resources for teachers and parents, and fun interactive activities for children.

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership - Middle Years Development Instrument

This population level research helps inform our work by highlighting the ways in which youth in Vancouver may or may not be thriving.

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership - Early Development Instrument

This population level research helps inform our work by highlighting the ways in which children in Vancouver may or may not be thriving.

Resources for childcare providers

Developing a childcare centre

Get our guidelines and best practices for creating high quality, licensed childcare facilities in Vancouver, and apply for available grants.

Child development resources

City staff have gathered a number of useful resources to help you establish a high-quality licensed daycare facility.