The Vancouver Early Years Partnership (VEYP) is one of the Children First Learning initiatives developed by the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Branch in 2013 and is funded by MCFD to support communities to identify and develop an integrated and comprehensive model of ECD service delivery for children from birth to 6 years old and their families.
Eastside Family Place is a provincially-certified family resource program offering early-years parenting and family support programs and services. Our Drop-In Centre features age-appropriate toys and activities for preschool children, newborn to early six years, and a variety of resources for parents and caregivers. Children learn and develop social skills in a safe, non-judgmental environment and our play-based, creative programs are stimulating and engaging. Parents and caregivers have access to support services, educational programs and opportunities to meet and network with other families in their community.
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House is a place where children and families can connect and create a community together. Frog Hollow provides a supportive and relaxing atmosphere where children and caregivers can meet and socialize. Our programs include Childcare Programs, Family drop-in, Books for Me, and the Nobody’s Perfect parenting program. The programs are designed to provide positive child development, promote school readiness skills, introduce families to the resources and supports in their community, and to encourage participation in other programs and events to make a difference in the community.
In 2017, Frog Hollow founded our Reggio-inspired Learning Centre, which is inspired by the philosophies and methods of the Reggio-Emilia approach. The Learning Centre provides professional development opportunities such as workshops, conferences & site tours to educators and families in BC. The Reggio-Emilia approach is also implemented in Frog Hollow’s five childcare programs: Satellite Daycare – Toddlers, Satellite Daycare – ages 3-5, Preschools, Kids World School Age Program, and Nootka School Age Program. We apply the principles and values of this innovative approach to offer exciting and stimulating opportunities for children and their families to grow in an environment that values full participation, self-determination and a belief in the unlimited potential of the child.
Vancouver School Board
The Vancouver School Board has 19 Strong Start Early Learning Centres operating in elementary schools. These programs are offered to parents and caregivers with children ages zero – five years. There is no cost to families but the parent/caregiver is required to remain with their child and participate in the program. It is not necessary to have English as a first language to attend the drop in programs.
Strong Start Centres offer preschool aged children, quality early learning experiences. These centres offer play based early learning opportunities and demonstrate to parents and caregivers how they can enhance their child’s development. The emphasis of the program is on learning through play, language and positive social interactions.
Vancouver Coastal Health offers parent and child services including prenatal and newborn follow-up, child health clinics, parent-infant drop-in groups, audiology, dental, and speech/language services for children up to age five. Our services are generally free-of-charge to people living in the VCH region, although some programs have eligibility criteria like age and income. We offer a wide range of community health care services for children and youth – up to 25 years – and their families and caregivers. Services are targeted to school-aged children up to 19 years.
Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Our vision is an informed, engaged, and connected city. Our mission is a free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information. Last year, VPL had nearly 6.5 million visits, with patrons borrowing nearly 9.5 million physical and digital items including books, ebooks, movies, music and magazines. Across 21 locations, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada. From storytimes to sing alongs, we offer a wide range of creative, educational, and fun programs for families with young children and have knowledgeable library staff who can help you find the best materials for children of all ages.
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre provides information, referrals, training and resources to families, individuals and organizations who are seeking the best care and early learning for children.
We are answering important questions for more than 20,000 parents and caregivers each year
We offer referrals in several languages to over 5,000 parents each year
We offer many different courses, workshops and seminars for parents and caregivers in several languages
We have a library of more than 15,000 books, videos, periodicals and resource materials in many languages