Children & Family Directory YOuR NORTH SHORE RESOuRCE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 0-12
Child Care • Fun Places • Immunization • libraries • Parks • Playgroups • Recreation/Family Centres • Schools • Special Needs
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Children & Family Directory 2016 Providing information to families with children 0-12 across the North Shore: the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Lions Bay.
North Shore Community Resources: Child and Family Programs 604-985-7138 Web: nscr.bc.ca #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Children & Family Directory 2016 is produced by the North Shore News in partnership with North Shore Community Resources.
Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) ■A federally funded program that provides support for low
income, aboriginal and immigrant families with young children. ■ Provides Parent Community Developers that are parents in the community to work with other parents, and provide access to important community resources. North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program ■ Provides
a community-based service which promotes programs and projects which enhance child care services and the quality of life for children and their families. ■ Provides information on child care options for children up to 12 years of age, including group child care, family child care, preschools, out-of-school care, child minding, and programs for children requiring extra support. North Shore Early Years Planning Table ■P rovides coordination and planning support for the
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effective distribution of programs and services to meet the needs of families with young children in a diverse community. ■ I ncreases community awareness of the developmental needs and resources for young children.
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Table of Contents Emergency Numbers
Resources in the Lower Mainland
Health Resources Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore Health Services (VCH) Nutrition Resources Nursing Services Specialized Support Services Health Centres Family Planning Resources Hospital Information Mental Health Services Community Kitchens Food Banks
Children Requiring Extra Support
6 6 6 7 8 8 9 10 10 10
First Nations Resources
Recreation Resources Fun Places Parks and Playgrounds Community Recreation Services Community Recreation Centres
30 30 31 32 32
The First Six Years
Child Care Resources
Help Your Child Succeed Steps for Healthy Child Development Taking Care of You Getting Ready for Kindergarten
33 33 34 34
Middle Years 6-9 Years 10-12 Years (Pre-Teen)
35 35 35
Education Resources 12 North Shore Public Libraries 12 Community Resource Libraries 12 Schools12 Parent Education & Support
Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs Early Literacy Public Library Early Literacy Services Family Resource Programs Drop-in Playgroups (0-5 years)
17 17 17 17 18
Business & Services Index
School-Age Programs School Site After-School Programs Pre-teen Drop-in Programs After-School/Summer Programs
20 20 20 21
Community Resources & Services Resources on the North Shore
The Table of Contents highlights the general categories of information in your 2016 Children & Family Directory. For an alphabetical list of services and resources available to North Shore families, please refer to the INDEX on page 36. To find the locations of the places listed in this directory, go to: Yahoo Maps: http://maps.yahoo.com Google Maps: http://maps.google.ca
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Emergency Numbers Reporting Child Abuse
Helpline for Children
(no area code required)
or in BC
North Shore Intake & Family Services
Family Support Services Confidential Referral Line HealthLink BC
BC Drug and Poison Information Centre
Speak with a health nurse, pharmacist, or dietitian. Operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for any question or concern.
24 Hour Crisis Line
Lions Gate Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital
North Shore Crisis Services Society
BC Poison Control Centre (Local)
North Shore Emergency Social Services
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Health Resources Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) North Shore Services 604-983-6700 | vch.ca Vancouver Coastal Health is dedicated to supporting optimum health for mothers, babies, children, and youth in our community. This is achieved through the delivery of a comprehensive range of services and support for families, including maternity, special care nursery and pediatric services based at Lions Gate Hospital, as well as a variety of community-based programs and services. Public Health Nurses are available on-call to answer questions related to health issues. Regardless of whether clients are at home, in school or in the hospital, a coordinated team of health professionals will meet their health needs. Services focus on health promotion, disease and injury prevention, as well as early identification of and support for children and youth with developmental and chronic health issues. Staff work together with families, community agencies, recreation and municipal departments to achieve the goal of healthy children and youth living and growing in a healthy community.
Audiology â€“ Hearing Clinic
604-983-6704 Provides services to North and West Vancouver residents who are 0-19 years of age (inclusive) and to developmentally delayed adults who cannot be tested with conventional methods. Services may include: full hearing assessment, universal hearing screening for newborns and kindergarten children, hearing aid and assistive listening device assessment, counseling, hearing aid sales for children 0-19 years of age and for developmentally delayed adults, fitting and follow-up services, client and family education and consultation with other service providers.
HealthLinkBC Find Services and Resources Directory
604-215-5136 | healthlinkbc.ca/find The HealthLinkBC Find Services and Resources Directory is a resource that provides detailed information about how, and where, to find health services in B.C. We list publicly-funded health, mental health, and addiction treatment programs accessible to British Columbians, including the organizations providing the programs and the sites where they are offered.
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Community Licensing 604-983-6700 Provides the licensing and monitoring of child and adult facilities on the North Shore. These facilities provide daycare, group home residential care for youth and adults with special needs and homes for seniors.
Dental Services for Children
604-904-6200 Provides oral screenings, assessments and referrals for children under 5 years of age. Oral health prevention services are offered to parents and their young children at selected drop-in groups in the community. An oral health education kit containing lesson plans and handouts is available to loan to preschools upon request.
Environmental Health Inspection
604-983-6700 Inspections and licensing of food premises, public swimming pools, and personal service establishments. Inspects and enforces regulations relating to environmental pollution and contamination.
Nutrition VCH Public Health Dietitians
604-904-6450 Provide resources and consultation to community programs for children 0-5 and school age children.
Nutritional Counselling 604-984-5752 West Van Community Health Centre offers free individual nutritional counselling with a Registered Dietitian for normal nutrition (e.g. infant and child feeding) and therapeutic diets (e.g., allergies, gastrointestinal problems). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HealthLink BC Offer free telephone consultations with a Registered Dietitian. Translation services are available. Call 811 or visit http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating
North Shore Pediatric Resource Team 604-904-6200 Ext. 4162 Nursing Support Services Includes coordination and consultation; Assessment to determine if Delegated or Direct Nursing Care is required; Development of Individualized Care Plans (ICP); Teaching/training and delegation for alternate care givers; Facilitation of the At Home Program; Counseling and Referral; Monitoring and Evaluation.
Health Resources cont. Physiotherapy – Early Intervention Physiotherapy services for children 0-5 years. Consultation is provided in multiple community settings: home, daycare, preschool, kindergarten, Infant Development Program, Supported Child Development Program. Physiotherapy for School Aged Children Physiotherapy serves School-Aged Children with Special Needs – from Kindergarten through transitioning into Adult Services at age 19 – to achieve optimal independence and to assist them in meeting their educational goals. The physiotherapist works with family members, teachers and educational assistants to support the student’s participation, inclusion and access to learning opportunities with the goal of achieving the student’s highest level of independent functioning. Services are provided in home, school, child-care and community settings.
Public Health Nursing
604-983-6700 Provides support for new moms who are feeling tired, anxious, sad, teary or overwhelmed. Call the Public Health Nurse on call Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also call the 24-hour crisis line at 604-872-3311.
Well Baby Drop-In Clinics
604-983-6700 For dates and times of drop-in clinics go to vch.ca or call and ask for the On-Call Nurse for Early Years Team. Vancouver Coastal Health offers drop-in clinics in several locations across the North Shore. Program provides an opportunity to consult with a public health nurse, get breastfeeding support, weigh your baby and access other health information. A lactation consultant is available by appointment, call 604-983-6863. Call for more information and times.
rovides services including prenatal information, home visits P to newborns, immunizations, parent and infant classes, young moms groups, breastfeeding drop-ins, lactation consultant clinics, outreach to preschool and child care sites, support and resources for school health www.vch.ca/schoolhealth/ns,
and a general on-call service. On call operates 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at 604-983-6700. After hours and weekends, clients can call HealthLink BC at 811.
To book an appointment, or for drop-in times and locations call: 604-983-6863 Immunization Clinics are offered at four locations: ■ Central Community Health office ■ John Braithwaite Community Centre ■ Parkgate Community Centre ■ West Vancouver Community Centre
Helping Children and Families Access Provincial Government Services I enjoy meeting with constituents to discuss issues of concern and help them access the many Provincial Government Services available, such as the Medical Services Plan (MSP), BC Housing Registry and many others. Visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/mcf/ for access to resources for children and families in our community.
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Health Resources cont. Young Parent Program
604-983-6700 John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Mothers 24 years of age and under and their children. Drop in: Wednesday 12:45 – 2:30 pm
Speech/Language Services 0-5 years
604-983-6760 Services are delivered at the Central and West Community Health Centers. Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate how well a child understands and uses language, and if there is any articulation, voice, or stuttering problem. They work with the parents and care givers to help the child overcome their communication disorders. Consultation might also be provided in community settings such as home, daycare, and preschool. School–age children have service provided through the public school system.
604-983-6700 Tobacco resource centre and co-ordination of tobacco initiatives for Vancouver Coastal-North Shore service delivery area.
Vision Screening 604-983-6700
This service promotes the prevention of permanent vision loss and the detection of eye problems. Currently all kindergarten age children are screened in the schools, however the recommended age for vision screening is three years old.
Youth Eating Disorders Program
604-983-6847 Provides services to youth aged 11-18 who are struggling
with disordered eating/eating disordered symptoms and live in the North Shore, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky regions. Treatment includes counseling, medical monitoring and nutritional support.
HEALTH CENTRE LOCATIONS Central Community Health Centre
604-983-6700 5th Floor, 132 Esplanade, North Vancouver
Parkgate Community Health Centre
604-904-6450 2nd Floor, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver
West Community Health Centre
604-904-6200 1st Floor, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Options for Sexual Health: Birth Control Clinic – North Shore
604-731-4252 | optionsforsexualhealth.org Parkgate Community Health Centre 2nd Floor, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver Staffed by doctors, nurses, and trained volunteers. Offers information, health screening and testing, birth control methods, pregnancy testing, counselling, and referrals. Education programs and resources available. Hours of Operation: Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:30pm drop-in.
Sex Sense Line
1-800-739-7367 The “Facts of Life Line” is a confidential phone line providing information about sexuality, birth control, relationships, AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy options, and anything to do with sexuality.
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BCPFFA Burn Fund and Burn Camp, Lions Gate Hospital Trauma Team, BC Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program, LGH Oncology Unit, Camp Goodtimes, LGH Youth Mental Health Unit, Athletics 4 Kids, Seymour Salmonid Society, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Canada We look forward to your continued support. Please visit our social media page and website for more info and how to donate.
Health Resources cont. HOSPITAL INFORMATION NON-EMERGENCY Lions Gate Hospital Prenatal Tours 604-984-5728 Call for information.
Lions Gate Hospital Pediatric Unit
604-988-3131 The Pediatric Unit at Lions Gate Hospital has 10 beds and a health care team trained to meet the special needs of children and families. A weekly pediatric asthma clinic is held on the unit by referral only. Parents are important members of the care team and are encouraged to participate directly in the development of a care plan for their child. As well, parents are given the option to “room-in” with their child to help alleviate anxiety in small children. A parent lounge in the unit has kitchen facilities. A playroom and teen lounge are available for play therapy and patient recreation. Videos and computer games are also available to distract children from pain and anxiety.
Lions Gate Hospital Pre-Admission Clinic
604-988-3131 Children requiring surgery will visit the Pre-Admission Clinic with a parent/guardian prior to the scheduled operation. This visit will provide an opportunity for the child to meet with members of the care team, complete required tests and other procedures, and learn more about what to expect when they come to the hospital. Parents/guardians will also learn what to expect during and after surgery and the role they will play in their child’s treatment and recovery process.
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Health Resources cont. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
North Shore Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH)
301–2224 W Esplanade, North Vancouver 604-904-4300 (press 1) 604-983-6719
Child and Adolescent Program (CAP) 5th Floor 132 W. Esplanade, North Vancouver These two multi-disciplinary teams consist of child and youth clinicians, psychiatrists, behavior support workers, a social worker and prevention educators. Referring problems include anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, ADHD and other mental health issues. Outpatient, community-based therapy, outreach services and parent / children after-school groups, including social skills training, are also offered. Infant mental health services (0 – 5 years) are provided by MCFD only. Services are free and referrals are accepted through the Child and Youth Mental Health Walk In Clinic (see below).
Child and Youth Mental Health Walk-in Clinic
604-904-4300 (press 1) The Child and Youth Mental Health Clinic provides specialized mental health treatment to children, and youth (0-18 years old), and their families, who are experiencing mental health symptoms that impact thoughts, behaviours and feelings. Clinical services may also include eventual access to psychiatrists for further evaluation of medical need at a later date. ■ T imes and location: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:30 pm. #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver *No appointments required
Child and Adolescent Program (North Shore VCH) 604-983-6719
COMMUNITY KITCHENS Healthy Helpings
604-982-8315 | nsnh.bc.ca North Shore Neighbourhood House 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver A free, twice monthly program offering nutrition and shopping help, guest speakers and group kitchen participation. For mothers of children aged 6 months to 6 years who are on a tight budget.
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604-983-9488 1073 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver In emergency circumstances, enough food is provided for each family member for one month.
North Shore Neighbourhood House
604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver A venue for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society each Wednesday of the month to provide food packages to those in need. The Food Bank is open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and can be accessed from our ground level south entrance at 225 East 2nd Street. A nutritious bowl of hot soup is also available to visitors to the food bank site, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.
BC Food Security Gateway
bcfoodsecuritygateway.ca The Food Security Gateway is designed to be a “one stop” online resource for food security practitioners and others in British Columbia who want to make “healthy eating the easy choice” and build food-secure communities.
Child Care Resources BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
604-913-9128 | acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ S upport, training and resources to early childhood programs serving Aboriginal families and children. ■ A boriginal early childhood development programs. ■ C ommunity members are welcome to come and visit the resource library or browse the on-line catalogue. ■ Information regarding training is also available on the website.
North Shore Child Care Resource & Referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ F or parents, child care providers (licensed, registered and informal), ECE students and the community. ■ P rovides information on parenting, child care, child development and the early years through parent referrals, professional development and workshop opportunities. ■ P rovides assistance with child care subsidy forms.
■ P rovides extensive child care lending library of books,
videos, toys and equipment.
■ P rovides information for parents on choosing and finding
quality child care.
North Shore Supported Child Development Program
604-998-0131 | nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 309 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Provides services for children and their families from birth to 12 years of age who require additional support in their child care setting. Also provides support for the children of parents who are working or attending school and for children who require extra support and are enrolled in a preschool.
Provincial Child Care Resource & Referral Programs
1-888-338-6622 | ccrr.bc.ca Provides information about child care, family support services and locations of Child Care Resource and Referral Programs in BC.
Vancouver Coastal Region CCRRs
childcareresource.ca There are six CCRR programs in the Vancouver Coastal Region: North Shore, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast, Richmond, Vancouver, Tri-Cities/Burnaby. Provides information about child care, family support services and locations of Child Care Resource and Referral Programs in the Vancouver Coastal region.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Community Care Facilities Licensing
604-983-6787 Provides the licensing and monitoring of child care facilities on the North Shore.
North Shore Neighbourhood House Programs: John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street North Vancouver
KIDS RECREATION & SUMMER PROGRAMS Sign up for sports, music, art & more! See our program guide for details.
PARENT EDUCATION SERIES Practical information sessions for parents of preschoolers.
For information on these or any of our other family programs, contact
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604.982.8326 | firstname.lastname@example.org offers many drop-in programs for families with children under 6 years
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Education Resources NORTH SHORE PUBLIC LIBRARIES ■ A ll public library services are free. ■ A ll public libraries have large collections of books and
audio-visual materials for children and youth of all ages.
■ A ll public libraries provide extensive programming for
children of all ages, including story times and special events.
Nations traditions, which have been developed for loan to Aboriginal childcare programs in British Columbia. arents, early childhood educators, and other community P members are welcome to visit the resource library or browse the on-line catalogue.
Capilano University Library
■ C heck the websites for current information about
604-984-4944 | capilanou.ca 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver Use of materials within the library is free of charge. Community members are welcome.
Bowen Island Public Library
North Shore Child Care Resource & Referral Program Resource Library
■ M ost public libraries offer programming to support parents’
programming and lending resources.
604-947-9788 | bowenlibrary.ca 430 Bowen Trunk Road, Bowen Island
North Vancouver City Library 604-998-3450 | nvcl.ca 120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver (Across the plaza from North Vancouver City Hall)
North Vancouver District Public Library
604-990-5800 | nvdpl.ca North Vancouver District Public Library has three locations: ■ L ynn Valley Library 1277 Lynn Valley Road 604-984-0286 ■ C apilano Library, 3045 Highland Boulevard 604-987-4471 ■ P arkgate Library, 3675 Banff Court 604-929-3727
West Vancouver Memorial Library 604-925-7400 | westvanlibrary.ca 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
COMMUNITY RESOURCE LIBRARIES BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Resource Library 604-913-9128 | acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ The resource library is open to the public. ■ C ontains over one thousand books, periodicals and videos related to Aboriginal children, parenting, child care and early childhood development. ■ H as early childhood education resource kits containing hands-on materials and curriculum reflecting First 12 North Shore 2016 Children & family Directory
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Extensive child care library of books, videos & toys.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS North Vancouver School District #44
604-903-3444 | sd44.ca 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver ■ T he North Vancouver School District has 15,731 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12. ■ P rograms include French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, numerous Athletic and Art Academies, Career Education, Band & Strings, Outdoor School, Distributed Learning, Strong Start, Summer Learning, and many more recognized programs. ■ N ew students to the district should be registered at the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. ■ B ring child’s birth certificate (for international students, bring proof of citizenship or PR card, and passport), proof of residency, and report card. ■ C all 604-903-3368 for more details.
West Vancouver School District #45
604-981-1000 | westvancouverschools.ca 1075 21st Street, West Vancouver ■ T he West Vancouver School District has approximately 7,210 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12. ■ P rograms include Super Achievers, French Immersion, Summer Learning, International Baccalaureate, Community Learning, Hockey and Soccer Academies and many more nationally recognized local programs. ■ N ew students to the district should be registered at their local school during school hours, and parents should bring the child’s birth certificate and proof of residency. Call 604-981-1000 for more details.
Education Resources cont.
Education Resources cont.
Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)
Program provided in partnership with the North and West Vancouver School Districts. Settlement Workers in Schools help newcomer parents and their children settle in their school and community. Services are available in many languages. You can contact SWIS directly, or through the ELL teacher or counsellor at your school. North Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver West Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver
StrongStart Programs (Ministry of Education)
A free drop-in program for pre-school children and their
parents/caregivers are located in several public schools in North and West Vancouver.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS Catholic Independent Schools 604-683-9331 | isabc.ca
Conseil Scolaire Francophone 604-214-2600 | csf.bc.ca
Independent School Association of BC 604-677-6032
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Parent Education & Support I hope family centre (Family Services of the North Shore)
Family Resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood House)
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca Maplewood House (adjacent to Maplewood Farm) 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604-986-9311 Programs for parents, caregivers, grandparents and children birth to six years old. ■ Child/family drop in ■ Breast feeding and postpartum support ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Takaya First Nations Program ■ Toy and children’s clothing exchange ■ Parenting workshops and sessions ■ Counselling services
604-982-8315 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ G randparent Connections ■ D addy & Me Playgroup Drop In ■ L o Lo Family Playgroup Drop In ■ P arent Education Workshops ■ P arent Infant Drop In ■ Y oung Parent Drop In
North Shore Child Care Resource & Referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ K ey Elements of Professional Nanny Care ■ F oundations of Child Care training (includes responsible adult, school age care, and family child care training) ■ R esource Library and equipment loan ■ P arent/Care Provider workshops ■ F amily Child Care Provider training
Family Support Services Confidential Referral Line
604-987-1411 Available to North Shore families with children under the age of 19 who may be experiencing difficulties resulting from marital breakdown, family conflict or other stresses. Parents, children, blended and kinship family members may all benefit.
Hollyburn Family Services
Parent Community Developers (North Shore Neighbourhood House)
604-987-8211 | hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ F amily Support Services for families with children under the age of 19 years. ■ P arenting education workshops and groups. ■ L inkage to other community services.
Lynn Valley Library
1277 Lynn Valley Rd. 604-984-0286
Parkgate Library 3675 Banff Crt. 604-929-3727
604-982-8315 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver PCD’s provide community resources, host special events and support families with children 6 years of age and under. The Community Action Program for Children is funded by Public Health Agency of Canada.
3045 Highland Blvd. 604-987-4471
Children’s books, DVDs & more. Free programs & literacy activities. Year-round storytimes.
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Parent Education & Support cont. North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS)
604-988-2931 | nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ L et’s Learn Together (0-5 in Farsi, Mandarin) ■ Immigrant Parents as Literacy Partners (IPALS), (ages 3-5 in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ M iddle Years (ages 7-12, in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ P arenting Teens (in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ S chool-Age Parenting Programs
North Shore Neighbourhood House 604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver ■ Y oung Parent Program ■ P arent Community Developers (CAPC)
Family Support Program
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203–1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver A free program for parents to provide resources (such as referrals to daycare, legal services, or mental health) as well as parenting tips, tools, and strategies.
Parkgate Community Services Society 604-983-6350 | myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ C hild and Family Drop-in
Parent Community Developers
Open Door Drop-In for Single Moms
604-985-1122 ext. 28 | singlemomsopendoor.com Hillside Church, 870 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
604-983-6444 ext. 849 | myparkgate.com Parkgate Community Services Society 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver PCD’s provide community resources, host special events and support families with children 6 years of age and under in the Lynnmour and Seymour neighbourhoods. This Community Action Program for Children is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Providing legal services including: • Wills & Estates • Estate Planning • Real Estate • Business & Commercial Law
• Civil Litigation • Family Law • Criminal Law • Personal Injury & ICBC
Services offered in Italiano, 中文, 200 – 879 Marine Drive North Vancouver AboVe ShopperS Drug MArt
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Parent Education & Support cont. Properties Family Hub Society
Family Preservation and Reunification
604-981-1297 | westvancouverschools.ca/programs/ properties-family-hub 1300 Chartwell Drive (south portable), West Vancouver Community Partners providing a range of programs and services for families living in the British Properties.
School Age Child Care Association of BC
604-709-5661 | saccabc.org Improves the availability of quality, affordable school age child care by providing programs and services to professionals in this field.
So-Sah-Latch Family Centre: Squamish Nation
604-985-7826 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ F amily Program with ECEs, Nurses, Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program, Family Life Skills, Infant Development, Speech Therapy. ■ Prenatal Program ■ Labour & Delivery Program ■ Post-Natal Program
604-985-2202 | westcoastfamily.org Westcoast Family Centres Society #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver With a referral through MCFD, services available to families are designed to resolve issues that could result in a child being removed from their home. We also help children who have been in and out of the home reconnect with their families. Family Counsellors provide therapeutic and educational interventions and help connect families to the community. Self-referrals can also be made for Family Support Services, providing 8 weeks of outreach. Parent training and education groups also available.
West Vancouver Child and Family Hub
604-921-3403 | westvancouverrec.ca 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Community Partners work together to offer programs and services to support families of young children, including free parenting workshops, drop in storytimes and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Wednesday afternoon parent infant drop-ins.
Mother Bear Drop-In 604-988-0667 So-Sah-Latch Family Centre 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ A yas Men Men Child and Family Services Department ■ A boriginal Head Start Family Programs
Tsleil Waututh Child and Family Centre
604-929-0693 | twnation.ca 3036 Takaya Drive, North Vancouver ■ H ome Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster (HIPPY) ■ T oy Lending Library ■ H eadstart Program Family Services is an accr accredited, not for profit community based agency that has been of offering counselling, education and support in the community for over 60 years. Our Child and Y Youth Counselling Program supports children and youth struggling with: Pr • School Stress • Self Esteem • Sexual Abuse • Dating Violence • Anxiety
• LGBTQ…(Coming out) • Eating Disorders • Parent Separation/Divorce • Relationship Issues • Depression
Call today to find out how our specialized Child and Y Youth Counsellors can help your child work thr through issues that are getting in the way of school, friends, family and life.
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Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs EARLY LITERACY
■ N orth Vancouver District Public Library (three locations):
Parent Child Mother Goose Programs (PCMG)
■ W est Vancouver Memorial Library: 604-925-7400
Provides an early literacy program for parents of infants and toddlers. Most programs are ten weeks in length and include shared songs, rhymes and stories. The following agencies sponsor PCMG programs for parents and caregivers at several locations across the North Shore. Call for information about times and locations. ■ Bowen Island Family Place: 604-947-2717 ■ F amily Services of the North Shore: 604-988-5281, ext. 333 - I hope Centre - Public Libraries (North and West Vancouver) ■ John Braithwaite Community Centre: 604-982-8315 ■ N orth Shore Community Resources: 604-985-7138 ■ Parkgate Community Centre: 604-983-6350
■ B owen Island Public Library: 604-947-9788
PUBLIC LIBRARY EARLY LITERACY SERVICES ■ C ity of North Vancouver Library: 604-998-3450 ■ C ity of North Vancouver Library at JBCC: 604-982-8315
FAMILY RESOURCE PROGRAMS Family Place
604-947-9626 | bowenchildrenscentre.ca 650 Carter Road Since 1989, Bowen Children’s Centre has been supporting family life on Bowen. Family Place offers: ■ Programming for parents/caregivers and their children from pre-natal through age six years of age ■ Learning through play ■ Strength-based family support ■ Parent education ■ Baby weighing ■ A clothing exchange ■ A resource lending library Please see bowenchildrenscentre.ca for program details.
Have questions about or comments about CNV4ME? Contact email@example.com
Your City Council is building a community where children, youth and families feel welcome, included and heard, and have what they need to grow and thrive. CNV4ME is a roadmap that places families at the heart of all City decisions.
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Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. I hope family centre (Family Services of the North Shore)
drop-in playgroups (0-5 years)
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca Maplewood House (adjacent to Maplewood Farm) 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604-986-9311 Programs for parents, caregivers, grandparents and children birth to six years old. ■ Family drop-in 6 days/week ■ Toy and clothing exchange ■ Parent education ■ Community resource visits ■ Circle time ■ Outdoor Play ■ Shared snack ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Takaya First Nations Program
North Shore Multicultural Society
604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ IPALS – Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters – helps immigrant families support their pre-school and kindergarten-aged children’s early literacy development through interactions in English and their first language. ■ Women’s English Skills & Support (WESS) provides a safe place for women to learn English, make friends and get information about services in the community; highlighting support for parenting and child care. ■ Let’s Learn – a program for new immigrant parents and their pre-school age children. Parents gain knowledge of early childhood resources in the community, Canadian resources for families, and children take part in an early learning program.
Family Resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood House) 604-982-8315 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Circle of Care ■ Daddy and Me Playgroup Drop In ■ Grandparent Connections ■ Lending Library ■ Lo Lo Playgroup Drop In ■ Parent Child Mothergoose ■ Storytime ■ Sunshine Song Time
Mother Bear Drop-In (So-Sah-Latch Family Centre) 604-988-0667 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver
North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver “Circle of Care” and “Mother Goose Inspired” drop-in program for Child Care providers. Call for locations, days and times.
Parkgate Community Services Society 604-983-6350 | myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ Lynnmour Family Drop-In ■ Outdoor, Parkgate, Evening Playgroups ■ Daddy & Me Drop-In ■ Parent Community Developers
PLAY. LEARN. CONNECT. Golden star daycare is a licensed group daycare with experienced, educated, fully licensed early childhood educators. We are now accepting applications for our infant/toddler program and 3-5 program. If you are looking for childcare please visit our website at www.goldenstardaycare.com and submit your application. Our daily activities include art, music & movement, yoga, story time, pre math & science, reading & writing. We offer part time and full time enrolment. For more information please contact our Centre Director via email: Maggie@goldenstardaycare.com Philosophy: Reggio Emillia
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30
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OUR MISSION: To provide quality services to children and their families to ensure that all children can benefit from their early childhood experiences.
Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. StrongStart Programs StrongStart is a free drop-in program for pre-school children and their parents/caregivers. It is operated under the mandate of the Ministry of Education and held in several public schools on the North Shore (September - June). The program offers a variety of activities for developing early learning skills.
North Vancouver StrongStart Programs: ■ Eastview Elementary School
1801 Mountain Highway, 604-903-3520 ■ Boundary Elementary School 750 East 26th Street, 604-903-3260 ■ Lynnmour Elementary School 800 Forsman Avenue, 604-903-3590 ■ Montroyal Elementary School 5310 Sonora Drive, 604-903-3650 ■ Norgate Community Elementary 1295 Sowden Street, 604-903-3680 ■ Seymour Heights Elementary School 2640 Carnation Street, 604-903-3760 ■ Westview Elementary School 641 West 17th Street, 604-903-3840 For more information contact North Vancouver School District at 604-903-3444.
West Vancouver Family Place (Hollyburn Family Services Society)
West Vancouver StrongStart Programs ■ Hollyburn Elementary School ■
1329 Duchess Avenue, 604-981-1389 Eagle Harbour Primary School 5515 Marine Drive, 604-981-1387 Chartwell Elementary School 1300 Chartwell Drive, 604-981-1297
For more information contact West Vancouver School District at 604-981-1000 or check their website: westvancouverschools.ca
Canlan Ice Sports
604-925-7141 | hollyburn.ca/society West Vancouver Community Centre 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Interactive play-based program for parents and caregivers with their children newborn-6 years of age, to foster positive parent-child interactions and promote healthy child development. ■ Monday – Friday 9 am - 12 noon. Drop-in fee is $5 per family and snacks are provided.
- North Shore
CANLAN ICE SPORTS NORTH SHORE offers a variety of instructional hockey and multi sport programs year round through the CANLAN ICE SPORTS HOCKEY ACADEMY and SPORTS CAMPS. Whether you’re 4 years old and just learning hockey for the first time or if you’ve been playing for years and want to fine tune your hockey skills, we have a program for you. Call 604-924-0828 to register or for more information 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver ancouver www.icesports.com/northshore
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School-Age Programs Subsidized Pre-Teen After-School Site Programs
SCHOOL-AGE CARE North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Provides information for parents on choosing and finding quality school-age child care on the North Shore. ■ Provides assistance with child care subsidies.
SCHOOL SITE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS North Shore Neighbourhood House Kids Club Programs 604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca ■ Capilano Elementary ■ Cleveland Elementary ■ Lynn Valley Elementary ■ Norgate Elementary ■ Ridgeway Elementary ■ Mountainside Kids Club supporting Braemar Elementary
User Pay After-School Site Programs
A partnership between the North and West Vancouver School Districts, North and West Vancouver Community Recreation Services and the Middle Years Planning Table of the North Shore provides subsidized two hour, once per week after-school recreation programs for pre-teens at a number of North and West Vancouver elementary schools. For current information about participating schools, check at connectforkids.ca, or call 604-985-7138.
PRE-TEEN DROP-IN PROGRAMS North Shore Community Services Societies provide free (or nearly free) pre-teen after-school drop-in programs once or twice per week at many locations. For current information about locations, days and times, please call the numbers below:
Bowen Island Youth Centre 604-240-3467 650 Carter Road
Capilano Community Services Society 604-988-7115 ■ Norgate Community School
North Shore Neighbourhood House
Several schools on the North Shore have arranged for after-school programming through Community Recreation Services. Call to see which schools are involved in these programs. Registration is through Community Recreation Services in both North and West Vancouver.
604-987-8138 ■ Lynn Valley Recreation Hall ■ Harry Jerome Recreation Centre ■ John Braithwaite Community Centre
North Vancouver Recreation Commission
604-983-6350 ■ Parkgate Community Centre
Kids Club - West Vancouver Community Centre 604-925-7221
Parkgate Community Services Society
West Vancouver Community Services 604-925-7270 ■ Gleneagles Community Centre ■ West Vancouver Community Centre
INGLEWOOD PRESCHOOL A PARENT PARTICIPATION COMMUNITY
Inclusive West Vancouver 3 & 4 year old Reggio-Emilia inspired play-based programming
Small student-teacher ratio Parent Participation options to suit family needs Our classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am – 1:00pm Working together in an enriched environment with extracurricular activities: Outdoor Play, Music, Yoga and much MORE!
Did you know that children can enroll as early as 30-Months? Now Registering - Space Limited 1068 Inglewood Ave., West Vancouver
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School-Age Programs cont. AFTER-SCHOOL/SUMMER PROGRAMS Summer & Spring Break Camps, After School Art
604-988-6844 | nvartscouncil.ca North Vancouver Community Arts Council 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver The NVCAC offers summer camps, spring break camps and after school art to school aged children at affordable prices. We are a grassroots, social-profit, charitable cultural organization dedicated to maximizing the intrinsic value of the arts in all media. We provide children the opportunity to learn and be inspired by creating art with working artists.
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC - Norvan Club 604-986-3449 | bgcbc.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org 800 Forsman Avenue, North Vancouver Norvan Boys and Girls Club offers after-school drop-in programs Monday through Friday, and Day Camps during Pro-D Days and holiday breaks. Our programs provide a safe space for children and youth, and offer a wide-range of fun activities focusing on skills development and positive relationship building. No child is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Community Resources & Services RESOURCES ON THE NORTH SHORE Family Services of the North Shore
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver An accredited, not for profit community-based agency offering counselling, education and support. ■ Individual, Couple & Family Counselling ■ Child & Youth Counselling ■ Group Counselling ■ Family Support, a free program for parents to provide resources as well as parenting tips, tools, and strategies ■ Parent Education & support programs ■ Jessie’s Legacy Program; education and resources to help prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating.
Family Support Services Confidential Referral Line
604-987-1411 Available to North Shore families with children under the age of 19 who may be experiencing difficulties resulting from marital breakdown, family conflict or other stresses. Parents, children, blended and kinship family members may all benefit.
Hollyburn Family Services
604-987-8211 | hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Support services for families, children, youth and seniors ■ Parenting education programs ■ Individual and family counselling
Calling all aspiring scientists! At Genome BC, we strive to enable high schools students to have fun while learning about the fascinating world of genomics. Our Genome BC Geneskool education program is comprised of a series of free outreach programs that do just that! Programs include Classroom Workshops, Full Day Campus Workshops, Travelling Suitcase Exhibits and the always popular Summer Camps! In addition to these programs, we also offer numerous online activities, case studies, articles, animations and videos. Check out these programs and resources at
www.genomebc.ca/education Follow us on Twitter @GenomeBC North Shore 2016 Children & family Directory 21
Community Resources & Services cont. Family Resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood House)
North Shore Crisis Services Society
604-982-8315 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca
John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Community Resources and Lending Library ■ Drop In Play Groups (Daddy and Me, Lo Lo) ■ Pacific Post-Partum support group ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parent Education Workshops ■ Circle of Care support to caregivers ■ Grandparent Connections support for grandparents raising grandchildren ■ NVC Library Storytime ■ Vancouver Coastal Health - Parent/Infant & Breastfeeding Support Drop In ■ Vancouver Coastal Health - Young Parent & Baby Drop In
North Shore Community Resources
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Child Care Resource & Referral Program ■ Early and Middle Childhood Community Planning Tables ■ “Connect for Kids” (www.connectforkids.ca) ■ WHEELS Family Support Mobile Outreach Program ■ Information North Shore ■ Volunteer North Shore ■ Community Housing Action Committee ■ Legal information and advocacy ■ Seniors’ One Stop information and referral ■ North Shore Caregiver Support Program ■ North Shore Better at Home
604-987-0366 | nscss.net #212-145 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ Dedicated to promoting a secure and abuse-free environment for women and children. ■ For immediate support call the Women’s 24-Hour Support Line: 604-987-3374
North Shore Neighbourhood House
604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver A multi-service agency providing a broad range of recreational, social support, community development, and information/referral services to children, youth and families in a diverse community.
Circles In Schools
604-969-7462 | nsrj.ca North Shore Restorative Justice Society 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver Circles in Schools is a strengths-based program that gives our children and youth the skills to transform conflict, heal relationships, and create stronger communities themselves. Trained facilitators lead students through a series of developmentally appropriate activities during weekly circles in the classroom. Topics include identity, diversity, communication, empathy, peer pressure, mediation and conflict-resolution skills. To learn more about this and other programs please contact email@example.com
Parkgate Community Services Society
604-983-6350 | myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ Breastfeeding Support & Parent/Infant group (VCH) ■ Licensed child care 6 months – 12 years ■ Childminding
Year-round lessons, kids programs, adult lessons, horse boarding, training and more. Join us at our 30th Anniversary Celebration Aug. 28th!
North Shore Equestrian Centre
1301 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver
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Community Resources & Services cont. ■ “Circle of Care” support for caregivers ■ Infant massage classes ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Play groups (Parkgate, Lynnmour) ■ Prenatal classes ■ Parent-Child Mama Duck
Properties Family Hub Society
604-981-1297 | westvancouverschools.ca/programs/ properties-family-hub 1300 Chartwell Drive (south portable), West Vancouver A community space on the grounds of Chartwell Elementary School that offers services for families and young children including afternoon pre-school, StrongStart, family drop ins, after school clubs, seniors social clubs and more. Visit our website for more information.
Queen Mary, Ridgeway and Westview Community Development Project
604-290-2384 | firstname.lastname@example.org Office located at Queen Mary School 230 West Keith Road, North Vancouver Provides afterschool and summer programs and activities at Queen Mary, Ridgeway and Westview elementary schools. Support to families is also provided through information and referrals.
Salvation Army Family Resources
604-988-7225 | Brian_Dueck@can.salvationarmy.org 105 West 12th Street, North Vancouver ■ Kids programs including camps
West Vancouver Child and Family Hub 604-921-3403 | westvancouverrec.ca 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver ■ Child Care: Licensed Child Care, Childminding ■ Early Learning Programs ■ Health and Wellness Services: Parent/Baby Drop Ins, Immunizations ■ Recreation: Children’s Yoga, Swimming, Skating, Gymnastics ■ Family Resource Programs: Family Place, Parent/Caregiver Workshops
RESOURCES IN THE LOWER MAINLAND Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
604-875-9111 | anhbc.org | email@example.com This organization has more than 300 programs and services from child care to family resources to support children and youth.
BC Association of Family Resource Programs
778-590-0045 | frpbc.ca #104-13771 72A Avenue, Surrey Promoting the Family Resource Program model as a community hub where both Canadian born families and those new to Canada can access family support, opportunities for engagement, and community resources.
BC Council for Families
604-678-8884 | bccf.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org Supporting families by providing resources, education and training to strengthen family relationships.
BC Healthy Kids Program
1-866-866-0800 | sd.gov.bc.ca Provides help for low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear.
Maplewood Maplewood Farm Farm arm Only for kids from Only from 0 to to 110 open open daily daily
• April-October, April-October, Daily • November November To March March Closed Closed Mondays Mondays • Open All Statutory Statutory Holidays Holidays Except Except Christmas Christmas Day
10 10 am am toto 44 pm pm
405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver • 604-929-5610 604-929-5610 • www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca c.ca North Shore 2016 Children & family Directory 23
Community Resources & Services cont. ■ O ffers Bowen Family Systems Therapy and pastoral
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver 604-876-2447 ext. 236 | bigbrothersvancouver.com email@example.com #102-1193 Kingsway, Vancouver ■ P rograms include the Big Brother and In-School Mentoring. ■ P olice Information Check-Vulnerable Sector required.
Big Sisters of BC of the Lower Mainland
604-873-4525 | bigsisters.bc.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org 34 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver ■ P rovides children aged 7-17 with one-to-one friendships with caring women. ■ C ommitted to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of children.
211 and Provincial Help Lines
■ O ffices in North and West Vancouver ■ F ees on a sliding scale ■ M inimal waiting list
Ministry of Children & Family Development
gov.bc.ca/mcf The Ministry provides programs and services to help ensure that families can keep their children safe and supported. To report a concern about a child or request family support services call:
North Shore Intake & Family Services 604-981-0008 #304-221 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
211 | bc211.ca Provides free, confidential information and referral regarding community services. All services are free of charge, multilingual (180 languages and dialects), confidential and anonymous. ■ 211 Service across the BC Lower Mainland: call 211 ■ A lcohol & Drug Information & Referral Service: 604-660-9382 or 1-800-683-1441 ■ Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-888-795-6111 ■ VictimLINK BC: 1-800-563-0808 ■ Youth Against Violence Line: 1-800-680-4264 ■ TTY (for all services): 604-875-0885
Child Protection Reports
Foster Care Resources and Recruitment 604-904-4300
604-926-5496 | livingsystems.ca | email@example.com Living Systems Counselling #209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ O ffers support for couples and families who are having difficulties adjusting to some aspect of life.
24/7 Centralized Screening 1-800-663-9122 Toll Free 604-660-4927 Metro Vancouver, Outside BC
Helpline for Children
310-1234 (No area code required) For afterhours emergencies.
CYSN/AT HOME Program/Autism Funding 604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
#301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Fun for all ages! Something for everyone at Flicka Gymnastics
From structured gymnastics to our open gym times and birthday parties, kids of all ages can play, enjoy and excercise! 123 East 23rd Street North Vancouver 604.985.7918
• • • •
(in the Harry Jerome Recreational Centre) More info and on-line registration
Kindergym Programs Recreational Programs Competitive Programs Birthday Parties
Visit our website to ﬁnd out about summer camps and more: www.ﬂickagymclub.com
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Community Resources & Services cont. Parent Support Services Society of BC 604-669-1616 | parentsupportbc.ca #204-5623 Imperial Street, Burnaby ■ P arent Support Circles: Offers self-help groups for parents & caregivers with children and teens throughout BC. Circles are facilitated by professionally trained volunteers and are confidential, anonymous, and free. Parent Support Circles (PSC) help parents learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share concerns, learn new skills, and receive emotional support. Holds circles in English, Cantonese, Filipino, Mandarin, and Spanish. Childcare and transportation subsidies are available. ■ G randparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle: Offers self-help groups for grandparents with children and teens throughout BC. Circles are facilitated by professionally trained volunteers and are confidential, anonymous, and free. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circles discuss topics on parenting, relationship, financial, health, retirement, and social life issues; and provides information and referrals. Childcare and transportation subsidies are available if needed. ■ G randparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line: Provides a toll-free helpline that assists grandparents and other relatives raising children to navigate service systems such as MCFD; find answers, assistance, resources; and learn about benefits and services that will support the family. Staff are trained in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services pertaining to kinship caregiving. Hours are 11 am to 3 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Contact: 604-558-4740; GRGline@parentsupportbc.ca.
YWCA of Vancouver
604-895-5800 | ywcavan.org ■ Provides integrated services for women and families and those seeking to improve their lives, from early learning and care to housing.
Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services
604-436-1025 | vlmfss.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org #306-4980 Kingsway, Burnaby Provides culturally sensitive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are experiencing family violence. Services are provided by bilingual workers from various minority cultures in many languages. Also provides individual and/or group counselling support to children who witness violence, and many other support services related to family violence. Also have groups for caregivers with their children aged 1-6 to share about parenting skills and learn about child development. Strictly confidential.
YMCA of Vancouver
604-681-9622 | vanymca.org ■ Provides a range of charitable and education programs and services for children and families in Greater Vancouver.
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Children Requiring Extra Support Recreation Resources
BC Centre for Ability (North Shore)
604-451-5511 | bc-cfa.org | email@example.com ■ P rovides assessment and ongoing therapy services to children from birth to school entry age who have a developmental delay or neurological challenge. ■ P hysiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Therapy services are available to children and Social Work support to their families. Family referrals are accepted. ■ Children are seen in home, childcare and other community settings where therapists work closely with families and other community partners to support full participation and inclusion.
Family Services of the North Shore
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Our Child and Youth Counselling Program supports children and youth struggling with mental health issues that are getting in the way of school, friends, family and life. Specialized counselling is also offered for children suffering from trauma and symptoms of sexual, mental and physical abuse.
Hollyburn Family Services
604-987-8211 | hollyburn.ca #210-255 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Provides clinical counselling services to children and families.
North Shore ConneXions Society
604-984-9321 | nsconnexions.org firstname.lastname@example.org 1070 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver Advocates and develops community based services for families that require extra support to meet the unique needs of children living with disabilities or developmental delays. Services for families with children 0-6 include family support, community respite, and a Snoezelen room.
North Shore Disability Resource Centre
604-985-5371 | nsdrc.org 3158 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) offers the following programs and services to people with disabilities based on the belief that all people are important
NORTH SHORE CRISIS SERVICES SOCIETY 212—145 East 15th Street, North Vancouver Women’s 24 Hour Support Line: 604-987-3374 Office: 604-987-0366 Website: www.nscss.net
North Shore Crisis Services Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a secure and abuse free environment for women and children The ACE (Adolescent and Children’s Empowerment) Program: • Is open to children or youth who have witnessed or experienced abuse in the home and reside on the North Shore or surrounding areas • Provides assessments, referrals and age appropriate support groups and camps for children and adolescents • Provides individual counselling for children and adolescents • Offers prevention activities for schools • Provides a safe, supportive environment where children and youth can express and explore feeling through art, play and discussion NSCSS additional programs include: SAGE Transition House, HOPE’s Place and SAGE Second Stage Housing, Outreach, Multicultural Outreach, Homeless Prevention Program, and GSC Clothing Program and Thrift Store NSCSS is funded by the Province of BC. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, as well as our individual and group donors.
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Children Requiring Extra Support cont. to their community. Information & Advocacy Services, Infant Development, one-to-one goal based programs for children and adults, Saturday Teen & Pre-Teen Program, STAGE (Adult Education Program), Residential Services and the Summer Bursary Program. North Shore Disability Resource Guide: A PDF version of the guide is available on their website at nsdrc.org.
Infant Development Program
developmental delay. Referrals are accepted from physicians, community health nurses, speech and language pathologists, parents, hearing resource teachers, and other agencies. Universal Hearing Screening is provided to all newborns either within hospital or at the clinic.
Preschool Speech/Language Services (Children 0-5) Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore
604-986-1358 | email@example.com #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Provides information and support to parents of children (birth to 3 years) experiencing or at risk for developmental delay. Home visits, workshops, and opportunities to meet other parents, including a playgroup and a parent support group.
604-983-6760 | vch.ca Provides speech-language services at the Central and West Community Health Centres, in preschool/daycare centres, and in the home. A team of professionals, including speech/ language pathologists, teachers, infant development, and supported childcare consultants work together with families to help preschool children overcome communication disorders.
North Shore Supported Child Development Program
North Shore Pediatric Resource Team
604-998-0131 | nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 309 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Provides services for children and their families from birth to 12 years of age who require additional support in their child care setting. Also provides support for the children of parents who are working or attending school and for children who require extra support and are enrolled in a preschool. ■ P arent support group opportunities available
North Shore Children’s Hearing Clinic, Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore
604-983-6704 | vch.ca Provides assessment and monitoring of hearing levels, patient/caregiver counselling and education, evaluation and fitting of hearing aid(s) and other hearing assistive devices, school/preschool liaison and direct student support, and workshops for families, caregivers, educators and other professionals. All children from birth to 19 years and all ages with
904-6200 Ext. 4162 ■ N ursing Support Services include Coordination and Consultation; Assessment to determine if Delegated or Direct Nursing Care is required; Development of Individualized Care Plans (ICP); Teaching/training and delegation for alternate care givers; Facilitation of the At Home Program; Counseling and Referral; Monitoring and Evaluation. ■ P hysiotherapy services for children 0-5 years with the flexibility to participate in the kindergarten transition year. Consultation is provided in multiple community settings: home, daycare, preschool, kindergarten, Infant Development Program. ■ P hysiotherapy serves School-Aged Children with Special Needs to achieve optimal independence and to assist them in meeting their educational goals. The therapist works with family members, teachers and educational assistants to support the student’s participation, inclusion and access to learning opportunities with the goal of achieving the student’s highest level of independent functioning. Services are provided in home, school, childcare and community settings.
EMPOWER, EMBRACE, Experience We believe that camp is a life-changing experience that every child deserves. Each year we offer 500 children and young adults with chronic, life-threatening and/or debilitating conditions the opportunity to attend our camp and to just be a kid. Visit zajacranch.com to find out how your child can attend our camp this summer or to find out how you can help send a child with medical needs to camp in 2016. 604.739.0444 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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First Nations Resources
Help Your Child Succeed
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
604-913-9128 | acc-society.bc.ca email@example.com #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ Offers training programs and resources for parents, early childhood educators, and other early childhood development service providers. ■ The library provides culturally appropriate resources to support Aboriginal children and families. This lending library contains over one thousand books, periodicals and videos. ■ Parents, educators, and other community members are welcome to visit the library or browse the on-line catalogue.
I hope family centre Takaya First Nations Program
So-Sah-Latch Family Centre
604-986-9311 | familyservices.bc.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Maplewood House (adjacent to Maplewood Farm) 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604-986-9311 Shared meals, parent education, parent support and activities, child & family drop-in. Transportation subsidy available.
So-Sah-Latch Family Centre: Squamish Nation
604-985-7826 | email@example.com 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Family Program (ECEs, nurses, Special Needs assistance, Family Life Skills, Infant Development, Speech Therapy) ■ Prenatal Classes ■ Labour & Delivery Program ■ Post-Natal Program ■ Traditional Ceremony to honour Squamish Nation babies born during the year ■ Aboriginal Headstart Program
604-988-0667 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Mother Bear Drop-In ■ Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services Department ■ Aboriginal Head Start Family Programs
Tsleil-Waututh Nation Child and Family Centre
604-929-0693 | twnation.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org 3036 Takaya Drive, North Vancouver ■ Infant and toddler care (6 months – 3 years) ■ Full time child care for Preschoolers (3 years – 5 years) ■ Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) ■ Toy Lending Library ■ Headstart Program ■ Takaya Aboriginal Family Program (a program of the I hope family centre at Maplewood House), offering parent support and family drop-in for Aboriginal families.
GRE TZK Y HOCKE Y SCHOOL BURNABY, BC • AUGUST 8-12 CAMP FEATURES: 2 hours on-ice each day • 2 hours off-ice each day • 1 hour of skill development each day • Competitions throughout the week (Prizes rewarded)
BRENT GRETZKY HEAD COACH & more world renown coaches to be announced soon!
• Final day: GAME DAY! • Gift bag (Jersey, Socks, & GHS Merchandise) • Automatic entry into a raffle to win one of our great prizes!
NHL guests throughout the week
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Boys and Girls Ages 7-15
Help Your Child Succeed
North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS)
604-988-2931 | nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ P rovides assistance in finding resources for Immigrant Newcomer Families ■ S ettlement services include information on education, medical and health systems, social benefits, housing, family issues ■ C ommunity Connections ■ E mployment ■ E nglish Language Classes ■ O ffers programs for youth, parents, women’s health ■ S ervices are provided in English, Farsi, Korean and Tagalog ■ S chool-Age Parenting Program
Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services
604-436-1025 | vlmfss.ca #306-4980 Kingsway, Burnaby ■ P rovides culturally sensitive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are experiencing family violence. Services are provided by bilingual workers from various minority cultures in many languages. ■ Individual and/or group counselling support to children who witness violence. ■ G roups for caregivers with their children aged 1-6 to share parenting skills and to learn about child development.
Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program provided by North Shore Multicultural Society in partnership with the North and West Vancouver School Districts ■ S ettlement Workers in Schools help newcomer parents and their children settle in their school and community. ■ S ervices are available in many languages. You can contact SWIS directly, or through the ELL teacher or counsellor at your school. North Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver West Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver
Brenda McLuhan Employment and Labour Law
Daryl Collier Business & Estates
R atcliff & c ompany LLP Lawyers
In the heart of our Community We are not just lawyers. We are trusted advisors.
Kevin Lee Dispute Resolution
Brian Hanson Real Estate & Relocation
Charles Piercey Real Estate & Business
David von der Porten Real Estate & Business
Peter Bonny Wills, Estates & Trusts
Veronica Singer Business Law
Suite 500 East Elevators | 221 West Esplanade | North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J3 | t 604.988.5201 | f 604.988.1452 | www.ratcliff.com
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Recreation Resources Lonsdale Quay
604-985-6261 | lonsdalequay.com Located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue Open seven days a week. Food market, shopping, outdoor areas, picnic areas, Seabus, and good walks to playground in nearby Waterfront Park. Lots of free special events throughout the year for families.
Animal Welfare Shelter
604-981-3111 299 Mansfield, North Vancouver ■ Dog walking and cat brushing
bowen-island-bc.com Bowen Island is a 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Check www.bcferries.bc.ca for fares and schedules. Drive to Horseshoe Bay and park (pay parking) or take bus. Good for any age.
604-926-5612 or 604-419-7669 (SNOW) cypressmountain.com ■ Summer – walking, hiking, blueberry picking, lakes ■ Winter – snowplay, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing
Deep Cove Village, North Vancouver
deepcovebc.com ■ All age groups. Playground, beach, swimming, picnic tables (some are under cover), washrooms.
Deep Cove Cultural Centre
604-924-1378 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver ■ S eymour Art Gallery and Deep Cove & Area Heritage Society
604-984-0661 | Guest Services: 604-980-9311 grousemountain.com ■ F ee for gondola. Top of mountain activities for all ages. Not all trails are suitable for young children. Consult map or inquire about family-friendly hikes.
LIFETIME CHAMPIONS IN AND OUT OF THE POOL For more information visit chenaswimclub.ca
Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
604-990-3755 | dnv.org/ecology 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver ■ T he Ecology Centre has interactive displays, films, and programs dealing with environmental concerns, ecological concepts, and the study of nature. Or join guided walks by experienced staff and volunteers. Admission is by donation. ■ T ree Top Tales: Free story time for 2 and 3 year olds. Call for times.
604-929-5610 | maplewoodfarm.bc.ca 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver A five acre municipal park/farm specializing in the display of domestic farm animals and birds. Open year round. Open daily April through August. Closed on Mondays September through March. Open on all statutory holidays except Christmas. Hours of Operation: 10 am to 4 pm.
604-986-2261 | mountseymour.com ■ H iking trails, snow play in winter. Some fees.
604-986-1351 333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver ■ A rt Gallery, Museum & Archives
Pre-competitive swim program for children aged 6 - 10 geared to improving swimming skills. This flexible program is led by Chena swim coaches and supported by Chena senior swimmers.
Provides an opportunity for young athletes to excel in competitive swimming in a family friendly environment. The Chena culture promotes honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, goal setting, problem solving, dedication and commitment.
“Chena Swim Club gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.”
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Recreation Resources cont. Lynn Canyon Park
dnv.org/ecology North Vancouver Near the top of Lynn Valley Road, turn right on Park Road. Nature trails, Suspension Bridge, Ecology Centre, natural history walks. Some trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. There are washrooms.
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
Bridgman Park North Vancouver ■ O n the corner of Mountain Highway and Keith Road. Trees, river, swings, a slide, climbing equipment, washroom.
Capilano River Regional Park & Salmon Hatchery
604-432-6350 | gvrd.bc.ca/parks North Vancouver From Highway 1, take the Capilano/Grouse Mountain exit and drive north up Capilano Road about 1.5 km to the fish hatchery turn-off. Walk through the woods, beside the river and watch the fish jump in the hatchery. Easy walking, stroller, and wheelchair accessible in places. Picnic and toilet facilities at Cleveland Dam and Capilano Hatchery are wheelchair accessible. Cable Pool Bridge near the hatchery is also accessible and offers views of the river below. However, trails are subject to use and weathering which may degrade them. Free, including free parking.
Marine Drive, at the end of Beacon Lane, West Vancouver ■ N ature Trails, Ecology Centre, Lighthouse tours
604-432-6350 | gvrd.bc.ca/parks Trail Info Line: 604-985-1690 North Vancouver Hiking trails in beautiful wilderness setting. The picnic area, BC Mills House and washrooms at the park entrance are wheelchair accessible. However, trails are subject to use and weathering which may degrade them. As with all North Shore wilderness areas, keep your children close and safe near the rivers and in the forest where there may be animals.
604-990-3800 North Vancouver ■ Nature tours, walking trails
NORTH SHORE PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS There are many parks and playgrounds on the North Shore. To find complete listings, check the websites of listed municipalities for all locations.
City of North Vancouver 604-983-7334 | cnv.org
District of North Vancouver 604-990-3800 | dnv.org
District of West Vancouver
604-925-7200 | westvancouver.ca
KEEPING YOU IN
• Manual Therapy & Manipulation
• Hip & Knee Replacement Rehab
• IMS & Acupuncture
• Sports Injuries
• Spinal Traction
• Post Fracture Rehab
• Kinesiology Supervised Exercise Programs
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Recreation Resources cont. Park & Tilford Gardens
604-984-8200 | parkandtilford.com/garden/calendar In the Park & Tilford Shopping Centre on Brooksbank. Lovely gardens to walk around, fish pond, seasonal lights, and displays.
Seymour Demonstration Forest
604-987-1273 Top of Lillooet Road, North Vancouver â– Hiking trails (stroller friendly), cycling/in-line skating, picnic area, Seymour Fish Hatchery, Rice Lake.
Stanley Park Vancouver city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks â– Beaches, playgrounds, lots of fun things to do. Car (parking fee) or transit.
West Vancouver 604-925-7000 Take Marine Drive or Highway One west past Lighthouse Park to Horseshoe Bay, and then continue to 7100 block Marine Drive. Playground, picnic spots, a swimming beach, and an observation pavilion with great views.
COMMUNITY RECREATION SERVICES Bowen Island Community Recreation
COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRES North Vancouver Delbrook Centre: 604-987-7529 600 West Queens Road New Delbrook Centre 851 West Queens Road (Opening late fall 2016) North Vancouver Tennis Centre: 604-983-6483 280 Lloyd Avenue Harry Jerome Centre: 604-987-7529 123 East 23rd Street Ice Sports North Shore: 604-924-0828 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway John Braithwaite Community Centre: 604-982-8300 145 West 1st Street Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre: 604-987-7529 2300 Kirkstone Road Lynn Valley Centre: 604-987-7529 3590 Mountain Highway Memorial Centre: 604-987-7529 100 East 23rd Street Mickey McDougall Centre: 604-987-7529 200 East 23rd Street
604-947-2216 | bowencommunityrecreation.com 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island Offers recreation activities, programs, and leisure activities for all ages and groups.
North Shore Neighbourhood House: 604-987-8138 225 East 2nd Street
District of West Vancouver: Parks & Community Services
Ron Andrews Centre: 604-987-7529 931 Lytton Street
604-925-7200 | westvancouver.ca 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Offers a wide variety of community recreation, arts and cultural programs. Check out their Leisure Guide, available at community locations throughout West Vancouver and online.
North Vancouver Recreation Commission
604-987-Play (7529) | northvanrec.com Delbrook Community Recreation Centre 600 West Queens Road, North Vancouver NVRC offers recreational, fitness, sports and arts programs to benefit physical, social and personal well-being. Financial assistance is available for North Vancouver families and individuals. Free and low-cost programs are available. Go online or call for information on programs, classes and drop-in recreation.
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Parkgate Community Centre: 604-983-6350 3625 Banff Court
Seylynn Centre: 604-987-7529 625 Mountain Highway
West Vancouver Gleneagles Community Centre: 604-921-2100 6262 Marine Drive West Vancouver Aquatic Centre: 604-925-7210 2121 Marine Drive West Vancouver Arena: 604-925-7250 786 22nd Street West Vancouver Community Centre: 604-925-7270 2121 Marine Drive
The First Six Years The first six years are the most important years in your child’s life. In the early years, the brain forms connections that set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, and health. By age six, children have a solid foundation for reaching their full potential. Parents and caregivers have the greatest impact on how a child grows and develops in the early years. You can make the difference!
What I need
If infants, toddlers and preschoolers could tell you what they need, here is what they might say:
Keep me safe
Know where I am and who I am with. Teach me who to go to when I need help.
Keep me secure
Hug me. Respect me. Let me know your love is forever. This will help me develop trust and self-esteem.
Keep me healthy
I need a variety of good foods, regular checkups, immunizations, fresh air, time to run and play and regular sleep.
Help me learn
Talk, sing, and play with me. Read to me. Stimulate me with sights, smells, tastes, and sounds.
Help me adjust
I need routines and comfort when I am upset. Help me make friends and learn how to get along with others.
Help Your Child Succeed STEPS FOR HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT INFANT - BIRTH TO 12 MONTHS Safety - Always put your baby to sleep on his back. This
reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Use a Canadian Standards approved car safety seat (infant or convertible) in the rear-facing position every time you travel in a vehicle. Security - You cannot spoil your baby. Pick her up when she cries. Find different ways to soothe her such as feeding, cuddling, rocking, and walking with her. Hold your baby as often as possible, newborns really love being held skin to skin especially when you are feeding him. Health - Breast-feed your baby if you can. Take your baby for regular checkups and make sure he gets the immunizations he needs. Learning - Talk to your baby. Point out familiar objects and name them. Read simple picture books and nursery rhymes to your baby. It is never too early to start. Adjusting - Respect your baby’s personality and feelings. Each of us responds to people and situations in a unique way. Introduce your baby to grandparents, caregivers and others. This will help him learn how to get along with people later in life.
TODDLER - 1 TO 3 YEARS Safety - Childproof your house. Cover electrical outlets.
Remove dangerous objects. Keep medicines out of reach. Provide safe opportunities for your child to climb, swing, slide and run. Security - Tell your child you like the way she is and the things she does. Hug your child when he is angry or frustrated. Health - Offer drinks from a cup only by 1 year of age. Offer water in between meals when your child is thirsty. Take your child for his/her first dental check by 1 year of age. Brush your child’s teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Keep your home and car smoke-free. Make sure your child wears a hat and sun-block when she plays outside in the sun. Learning - Sing, talk, listen and read to your toddler every day. Enjoy counting and rhyming games together. Adjusting - Develop unrushed routines for eating, going out, playing, and sleeping. Help your child understand his feelings. For example, say, “I see that you are angry because you don’t want to go. We will come back later.”
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Help Your Child Succeed cont. PRESCHOOLER - 3 TO 5 YEARS Safety - Watch your child at all times when she is around
water. Enforce safety rules in driveways, parking lots, and around traffic. Make sure he always wears a helmet when riding a bike. Security - When your child misbehaves, help her calm down. Show her that you love her but don’t accept the behaviour. Hang his artwork on the wall. Tell him you like his dancing and singing. Health - Take him to the dentist and get his vision and hearing checked before he starts school. Brush your child’s teeth with a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Take your child for regular dental checkups twice a year. Make sure she has lots of opportunities to be physically active. Offer water in between meals when your child is thirsty. Learning - Use everyday situations to teach opposites, time, and how the calendar works. Limit the amount of time your child watches television. Watch television with her. Adjusting - Give her lots of chances to play with other children. Your child’s fears and nightmares are real to him. Comfort him and help him find ways to feel better.
TAKING CARE OF YOU Parenting is a joy and a challenge! Night-time crying, temper tantrums, and the sheer energy of a five-year-old can leave you feeling tired and upset. When you feel this way, it’s hard to be at your best. Parenting will be a joyful process when you take care of yourself, as well as your child. Take a break once in a while. Go out with friends or your partner. Ask a friend, family or someone you trust to stay with your child. Enjoy music and other activities you like. Get your parenting questions answered by visiting a community resource. Go for walks with your child and meet other parents. See your doctor if you are sick, feel sad for more than two weeks or if you are worried that your behaviour may harm your child. This section courtesy of the Government of Ontario Early Years website.
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GETTING READY FOR KINDERGARTEN Many parents are concerned that their child may begin Kindergarten without the developmental skills that will make that first school year a success. Eighty percent of children on the North Shore begin Kindergarten with the skills they will need. However, there are many enjoyable learning activities that can strengthen these early skills, and increase the bond between parent and child at the same time. ■ Ask the Children’s Librarian at your local public library for a list of books appropriate for four and five year olds. ■ Get a library card for your child, and make regular visits to the library to choose books together. ■ Read with your child every day. ■ Play card games that encourage counting and the recognition of number sets. “Go Fish”, “Memory” and “Snap” are all simple games that all can enjoy. ■ Use numbers when engaging your child in helpful activities (“Put six knives on the table”; “Take two cookies to Dad”; “Find ten red napkins”). ■ Teach your child how to take off a jacket, hang it up, and put it back on again. Try to buy jackets with big, strong zippers that a child can manage independently. ■ Teach your child to put on their own socks and shoes. Most four-year-olds will need help with laces, but can manage the rest with practice. ■ Teach your child how to peel a banana, open a yogurt tube or remove a snap-on lid from a snack container. This will help with snack and lunch periods, when independence is important. ■ Visit Maplewood Farm, travel on the Sea Bus, and visit a variety of North Shore parks. Talk about what you see. ■ Give your child group learning experiences through StrongStart, preschool or community recreation centre programs. Socializing with peers, listening for instructions, and engaging in shared activities is terrific preparation for Kindergarten.
Middle Years The middle years can be divided into two sections: 6-9 years, and 10-12 years, or the preteen years.
CHILDREN 6-9 YEARS
Children 6-9 years demonstrate a cluster of characteristics that parents and caregivers will recognize: ■ Gender separation in play ■ Increasing independence ■ Increased ability to accept responsibility ■ Beginning to enjoy organized sports activities (8 years)
CHILDREN 10-12 YEARS (PRE-TEENS) ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Many entering puberty Relationships with peers are very important Acceptance from peers very important Connections to positive and supportive adults a need Opportunities for independence are important
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ARE IMPORTANT FOR PRE-TEENS!
School-age children, particularly pre-teens, can benefit from engagement in after-school activities such as sports, music, dance, theatre, cooking, and arts and crafts. Benefits include: ■ Enriched and broadened life experiences ■ Development of “non-academic” skills ■ New friendships ■ R educed “screen time” away from TV and computers ■ O pportunities to connect with positive, mentoring adults in the community.
NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY RESOURCES: CHILD AND FAMILY PROGRAMS 604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca #211-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Internet Resources 10 Great North Shore Walks activenorthshore.com
BC Parent Newsmagazine
cparent.ca b Independent parenting magazine, giving tips on health care, education, birthing, arts, community events, and others.
North Shore Community Resources
nscr.bc.ca Information, resources and support for all ages.
Connect for Kids
connectforkids.ca Resource providing information about programs and services for North Shore families.
Invest in Kids
investinkids.ca Resource aimed at strengthening the parenting knowledge, skills, and confidence of all those interacting with children aged 0 to 5.
Kids’ Stop – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
inac.gc.ca/ks Fun and educational resources, with lots of First Nations, Inuit and Métis information, resources, languages.
kidsvancouver.com Resource for parents to learn about fun things for their kids in the Greater Vancouver area.
modernmama.com Resources for parents with young children
helloBC.com Official site for Tourism British Columbia, with lots of information for planned vacations within the province.
Urban Baby Magazine
urbanbaby.ca Resource for new and expectant parents. Topics include fitness, nutrition, childbirth, breastfeeding, immunization, and more.
WestCoast Families Magazine
westcoastfamilies.com Resource for families in the Lower Mainland promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Business & Services Index A Access Counselling
24 Animal Welfare Shelter 30 Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC 23 Audiology 6 BC Aboriginal Child Care Society 11, 28 12 BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Resource Library BC Association of Family Resource Programs 23 26 BC Centre for Ability, North Shore BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital 5 BC Council for Families 23 10 BC Food Security Gateway BC Healthy Kids Program 23 Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver 24 Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland 24 Bowen Island 30 17 Bowen Island Family Place Bowen Island Community Recreation 32 Bowen Island Public Library 12 Bowen Island Youth Centre 20 Bridgman Park 31 Capilano Community Services Society 20 Capilano River Regional Park & Salmon Hatchery 31 Capilano University Library 12 Catholic Independent Schools 13 Central Community Health Centre 8 Children and Youth Mental Health 10 Circles in Schools 22 City of North Vancouver Parks 31 Community Kitchens 10 Community Licensing 6 Community Resource Libraries 12 Conseil Scolaire Francophone 13 Cypress Mountain 30 Deep Cove Cultural Centre 30 Deep Cove Village 30 Delbrook Centre 32 Dental Services for Children 6 District of North Vancouver Parks 31 District of West Vancouver Parks 31 District of West Vancouver: Parks & Community Services 32 Early Intervention Physiotherapy 7 Environmental Health Inspection 6 Family Planning Resources 8 Family Preservation and Reunification 16 Family Services of the North Shore 15, 21, 26 Family Support Services 21 First Nation Resources 28 Food Banks 10 Gleneagles Community Centre 20, 32 Grouse Mountain 30 Harry Jerome Centre 32 Harvest Project 10
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HealthLink BC 5, 6 Hearing Clinic 6, 27 Hollyburn Family Services 14, 21, 26 I Hope Family Centres 14, 18, 28 Ice Sports North Shore 32 7 Immunization Information Independent Schools 13 27 Infant Development Program Information Services Vancouver (BC211) 24 Internet Resources 35 14, 18, 22, 32 John Braithwaite Community Centre Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre 32 Lighthouse Park 31 Lions Gate Hospital 9 Living Systems - Access Counselling 24 Lonsdale Quay 30 Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre 30 Lynn Canyon Park 31 Lynn Headwaters Regional Park 31 Lynn Valley Centre 32 Maplewood Farm 30 Maplewood Flats 31 Memorial Centre 32 Mental Health Services 10 Mickey McDougall Centre 32 Ministry of Children & Family Development 24 Mother Bear Drop-In 16, 18, 28 Mount Seymour 30 North Shore Childrenâ€™s Hearing Clinic 27 North Shore Community Resources 3, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22 North Shore ConneXions Society 26 North Shore Crisis Services Society 22 North Shore Disability Resource Centre 26 North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS) 15, 18, 29 North Shore Neighbourhood House 10, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 32 North Shore Pediatric Resource Team 6, 27 North Shore Supported Child Development Program 11, 27 North Vancouver City Library 12 North Vancouver Community Arts Council 21 North Vancouver District Public Library 12 North Vancouver Recreation Commission 20, 32 North Vancouver School District #44 12 North Vancouver Tennis Centre 32 Norvan Boys & Girls Club 21 Nursing Services for Special Needs Children 6, 27 Nutritionists 6 Open Door Drop-In for Single Moms 15 Options for Sexual Health: Birth Control Clinic 8 Parent/Child Mother Goose Programs 17 Parent Support Services Society of BC 25 Park & Tilford Gardens 32 Parkgate Community Centre 18, 20, 22, 32
Business & Services Index cont. Parkgate Community Health Centre 8 Parkgate Community Services Society 15, 18, 20, 22 Physiotherapy 7 Postpartum Support 7 20 Pre-teen Drop-In Programs Presentation House 30 Preschool Speech/Language Services 27 16, 23 Properties Family Hub Society 11 Provincial Child Care Resource & Referral Programs Provincial Help Lines (211) 24 7 Public Health Nursing 17 Public Library Early Literacy Services Public Schools 13 Q Queen Mary, Ridgeway and Westview Community Development Project 23 R Ron Andrews Centre 32 S Salvation Army Family Resources 23 School Age Child Care Association of BC 16 20 School Site After School Programs Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) 13, 29 8 Sex Sense Line Seylynn Centre 32 Seymour Demonstration Forest 32 So-Sah-Latch Family Centre 16, 18, 28
Speech/Language Services Stanley Park, Vancouver StrongStart Programs Tobacco Reduction Tsleil-Waututh Nation Child & Family Centre Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Vancouver Coastal Region CCRRs Vision Screening Well Baby Drop-In Clinics West Community Health Centre West Vancouver Aquatic Centre West Vancouver Arena West Vancouver Child & Family Hub West Vancouver Community Centre West Vancouver Family Place West Vancouver Memorial Library West Vancouver School District #45 Whytecliff Park YMCA of Vancouver YWCA of Vancouver Young Parent Program Youth Eating Disorders Program
8 32 13, 19 8 16, 28 25, 29 6, 11, 27 11 8 7 8 32 32 16, 23 20, 32 19 12 12 32 25 25 7 8
Advertiser Index Brockton School Canlan Ice Sports Chena North Shore Swim Club City of North Vancouver DNV Fire Fighters Charitable Society â€“ IAFF Local 1183 Family Services of the North Shore Flicka Gymnastics Genome BC Golden Star Daycare Gretzky Hockey School Inglewood Preschool Jane Thornthwaite, MLA La Movida Sewing & Design Studios Lakes, Whyte Barristers & Solicitors Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver
5 19 30 17 8 16 24 21 18 28 20 7 3 15 25
Lynn Valley Optometry Lynn Valley Physiotherapy Centre Maplewood Farm Naomi Yamamoto, MLA North Shore Community Resources North Shore Crisis Services Society North Shore Equestrian Centre North Shore Neighbourhood House North Shore Taekwondo North Vancouver District Public Library Ratcliff & Company Seymour Dance Shawnigan Lake School Vancouver Property Group Zajac Ranch
9 31 23 4 39 26 22 11 2 14 29 2 13 40 27
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Connecting you to community services! North Shore Community Resources Society (NSCR) is a multiservice agency providing our local communities with information and referrals on programs serving those from birth to seniors. At NSCR you can find information, programs, directories, and resources on caregiving, child care, education, health, housing, parenting, legal and financial matters, recreation, transportation, volunteering, and other social and community services. Serving the North Shore since 1976, NSCR is the place to go to be connected with community services. Caregiver Support assists people caring for an adult friend or a family member. Community Housing Action Committee provides citizens and organizations the opportunity to work together to address the issue of affordable housing on the North Shore. Information North Shore provides information and referral on services available in our community. Legal Information and Advocacy Program provides legal information, referral, and advocacy services for North Shore residents. Parent and Child Resource Program hosts the local Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRR), CAP-C coalition, WHEELS mobile support program, and the early and middle childhood planning tables. Seniorsâ€™ One Stop provides information and referral services for seniors. Volunteer North Shore helps find volunteers for organizations and helps people find volunteer positions. Help support people in your own community â€” make a tax deductible donation to NSCR. For further information regarding donations or charitable estate planning, please contact NSCR today.
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