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2020 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


2020 DIRECTORY

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. Cover image: istockphoto.com

north Shore Community resources: Child and family Programs 604-985-7138 www.nscr.ca #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Children & Family Directory 2020 is produced by the North Shore News in partnership with North Shore Community Resources.

For information regarding the listings, please contact NSCR 604-985-7138

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.

For information regarding advertising, contact the North Shore News at 604-998-3510

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Table of Contents emergency numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 health resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), North Shore Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Nutrition Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Nursing Services/Specialized Support Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Health Centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Family Planning Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Hospital Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mental Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Food Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Child Care resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 education resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 North Shore Public Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Community Resource Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Parent education & Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Early Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Public Library Early Literacy Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Family Resource Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Drop-in Playgroups (0-5 years) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

School-age Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 School Site After-School Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Pre-teen Drop-in Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 After-School/Summer Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Community resources & Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Resources on the North Shore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Resources in the Lower Mainland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Children requiring extra Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 multicultural resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 first nations resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 internet resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 recreation resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fun Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Parks and Playgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Community Recreation Services & Centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 the first Six years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 middle years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 help your Child Succeed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Steps for Healthy Child Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Taking Care of You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Getting Ready for Kindergarten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Business & Services index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 advertiser index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 The Table of Contents highlights the general categories of information in your 2020 Children & family directory. For an alphabetical list of services and resources available to North Shore families, please refer to the indeX on page 37.

To find the locations of the places listed in this directory, go to: Yahoo Maps: http://maps.yahoo.com or Google Maps: http://maps.google.ca


Emergency Numbers reporting Child abuse Helpline for Children or in BC north Shore intake & family Services BC drug and Poison information Centre

310-1234

Crime Stoppers

1-800-222-8477

(no area code required)

1-800-663-9122

604-981-0008

1-800-567-8911

family Support Services Confidential Referral Line

604-987-1411

healthlink BC Speak with a health nurse, pharmacist, or dietitian. Operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for any question or concern.

811

24 hour Crisis line

604-872-3311

lions Gate hospital

604-988-3131

BC Children’s hospital

604-875-2345

24 hour Women’s Support line

604-987-3374

BC Poison Control Centre (local)

604-682-5050

north Shore emergency Social Services

604-983-7440

Where every student matters. Where every family matters. Where learning for life matters. • Early Learning Years Program: Junior Kindergarten (4 years old by Dec. 31) Kindergarten: (5 years old by Dec. 31) • IB World Continuum Program and enriched curriculum • Small class sizes, personalized attention, focus on whole child development • Specialist teachers and extended learning opportunities • Before and after school care and activities on-site • Extensive financial assistance available: bursaries and entrance scholarships Accepting Applications for the 2020/2021 school year.

3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver • 604-929-9201 • Brocktonschool.com A non-denominational, co-ed, International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School supporting JK to Grade 12.

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Health Resources Vancouver Coastal health (VCh) north Shore Services 604-983-6700 | www.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 – 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.

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.

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: nscds@vch.ca.

healthlink BC Offer free telephone consultations with a registered dietitian. Translation services are available. Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating

north Shore Pediatric resource team

healthlinkBC find Services and resources directory

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. To access direct care or delegated care services, a physician’s referral is required: www.bcchildrens.ca and search for ‘NSS Referral.’

Community licensing

Physiotherapy – early intervention The Early Intervention Physiotherapy Therapy Program provides community-based physiotherapy services to children between birth and school entry who have, or are at risk for, a developmental delay and/or disability. Physiotherapists provide services that focus on the identification and promotion of optimal movement

604-215-5136 www.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.

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.

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Health Resources cont. development to help children achieve their highest level of participation within home, preschool, child care, and other community settings. Physiotherapists often work in consultation with the Infant Development Program and the Supported Child Development Program. Physiotherapy for School-aged Children Physiotherapy services are provided on a consultation basis to school-aged children with special needs – from kindergarten through transitioning to adult services at 19 – to achieve optimal independency 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 the home, school, child care and community settings.

Public health nursing 604-983-6700 Provides services including prenatal information, home visits 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.

immunizations

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

FOCUSED ON YOUR CHILD

Many children need help dealing with anxiety, depression, bullying, school stress, sexual abuse, trauma, sexual orientation/gender identity, family issues and other types of life challenges. Our specialized child and youth counsellors work with children, in partnership with their parents, to: • • • • •

Heal from trauma and mental health issues Develop coping and problem solving skills Understand and express their feelings Increase confidence and resiliency Build the skills needed for a happier, healthier life

604.988.5281 www.familyservices.bc.ca @familyservicesofthenorthshore |

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Health Resources cont. Postpartum Support 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 www.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.

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.

tobacco reduction

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 8 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory

with disordered eating/eating disordered symptoms and live in the North Shore, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast and Sea-toSky 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: Sexual health Clinic 604-731-4252 | www.optionsforsexualhealth.org Parkgate Community Health Centre 3625 Banff Court -- 2nd Floor North Vancouver Opt clinics provide sexual and reproductive health services for all genders, all orientations and all ages. Opt clinicians are committed to providing you with confidential, non-judgmental, youth-friendly, pro-choice, and sex-positive services. Opt services include low-cost contraception, STI care, Pap screening, pregnancy testing, and pregnancy options counselling. Opt welcomes new and returning clients, and no referral is necessary! Hours of operation: drop-in Wednesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

Sex Sense line

1-800-739-7367 | www.optionsforsexualhealth.org The Sex Sense Line is a free confidential sexual health referral and information service open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The team of registered nurses, clinical counsellors, and sex educators offer information and resources for people living in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Sex Sense line answers questions about sex, sexuality, birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy options, sexually transmitted infections, Pap tests/pelvic exams, and more!

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


Health Resources cont. 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.

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)

lions Gate hospital Pre-admission Clinic

Child and Adolescent Program (CAP)

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.

mental health SerViCeS for Children

301–224 W Esplanade, North Vancouver 604-904-4300 (press 1) | 604-983-6719

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 next page).

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Health Resources cont. 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. ■ Times 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

Canadian mental health association (Cmha) north and West Vancouver Branch

604-987-6959 www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca Suite 300 – 1835 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver CMHA believes that good mental health is essential to overall health and well-being. Mental health promotion and mental illness recovery-focused programs and services are offered for people of all ages and their families including counselling for people experiencing mild to moderate depression and a chronic illness.

food BanKS harvest Project

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 | www.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 9:00 –11:30 am 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

www.bcfoodsecuritygateway.ca The Food Security Gateway is designed to be a “one stop” online resource for food security practitioners and others in 10 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory

British Columbia who want to make “healthy eating the easy choice” and build food-secure communities.

Bowen island food Bank

604-947-9626 www.bowenchildrenscentre.ca 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island Located at The Little Red Church, 1122 Miller Road, Bowen Island, (604) 813-8550. Food provided in small quantities - available any time.

Quest food exchange

604-566-0110 www.questoutreach.org 167 East 1st Street, North Vancouver (entrance from Lolo Lane) Quest Food Exchange is a not-for-profit grocery market offering a variety of fresh, frozen, and non-perishables at a significantly reduced cost. Low-income individuals or family members can approach their caseworker, school counsellor, medical clinic, community resource, or one of Quest’s partnered agencies to get a client referral form. Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:15 pm; closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.


Child Care Resources BC aboriginal Child Care Society

604-913-9128 | www.acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ Support, training and resources to early childhood programs serving Aboriginal families and children. ■ Aboriginal early childhood development programs. ■ Community 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 | www.nscr.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ For parents, child care providers (licensed, registered and informal), ECE students and the community. ■ Provides information on parenting, child care, child development and the early years through parent referrals, professional development and workshop opportunities. ■ Provides assistance with the Affordable Child Care benefit program. ■ Provides extensive child care lending library. ■ Provides information for parents on choosing and finding quality child care.

north Shore Supported Child development Program (nSSCdP)

604-998-0131 | www.nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 143 East 14th Street, North Vancouver The North Shore Supported Child Development Program (NSSCDP) is a community-based program that assists families of children with extra support needs to access inclusive child care that meets family needs. The program is intended to serve children from birth to 12, with services for youth 13-19 years available on an individual case basis.

Provincial Child Care resource & referral Programs

1-888-338-6622 | www.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

www.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.

Education Resources north Shore PUBliC liBrarieS ■ ■

All public library services are free. All public libraries have large collections of books and audio-visual materials for children and youth of all ages. All public libraries provide extensive programming for children of all ages, including story times and special events. Most public libraries offer programming to support parents’ education. Check the websites for current information about programming and lending resources.

Bowen island Public library

604-947-9788 | www.bowenlibrary.ca 430 Bowen Trunk Road, Bowen Island

north Vancouver City library

604-998-3450 | www.nvcl.ca 120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver (Across the plaza from North Vancouver City Hall) ■ Toddlers storytime

north Vancouver district Public library

604-990-5800 | www.nvdpl.ca North Vancouver District Public Library has three locations: ■ Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Road 604-984-0286 ■ Capilano Library, 3045 Highland Boulevard 604-987-4471 ■ Parkgate Library, 3675 Banff Court 604-929-3727 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory 11


Education Resources cont. West Vancouver memorial library

604-925-7400 | www.westvanlibrary.ca 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

CommUnity reSoUrCe liBrarieS BC aboriginal Child Care Society resource library 604-913-9128 | www.acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ The resource library is open to the public. ■ Contains over one thousand books, periodicals and videos related to Aboriginal children, parenting, child care and early childhood development. ■ Has early childhood education resource kits containing hands-on materials and curriculum reflecting First Nations traditions, which have been developed for loan to Aboriginal childcare programs in British Columbia. ■ Parents, early childhood educators, and other community members are welcome to visit the resource library or browse the on-line catalogue.

Capilano University library

604-984-4944 | www.capilanou.ca 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver Use of materials within the library is free of charge. Community members are welcome.

north Shore Child Care resource & referral Program library

604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Extensive child care library of books, equipment and toys.

the north Shore restorative Justice Society 604-969-7462 | www.nsrj.ca 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver

Schools Initiative

This program receives youth and adult referrals from the RCMP, West Vancouver Police, Victim Services, and community agencies such as schools and non-profit groups. Referrals include situations where crime, conflict or harm has occurred and the people involved are searching for solutions that

NORTH VANCOUVER DISTRICT

Public Library

A RICHLY WOVEN LEARNING EXPERIENCE We work with early learning professionals and community partners to deliver high quality education that empowers students, taps unique potential and builds a solid foundation for leadership, achievement and success. For children aged three and four, the school district hosts Ready, Set, Learn at the West Vancouver Community Centre on April 25, 2020 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Sign up for a FREE library card and discover a world of enriching programs and resources available to you! Books, DVDs, storytimes, Summer Reading Club, literacy and learning activities & more!

Explore it all at your Library. Lynn Valley Library

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1277 Lynn Valley Rd. 604-984-0286

Parkgate Library 3675 Banff Crt. 604-929-3727

.ca Capilano Library

3045 Highland Blvd. 604-987-4471

Connecting Community. Sharing Knowledge. Inspiring Stories.


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promote repair, reconciliation, learning and understanding. Cases commonly referred include physical assault, threats, break and enter, mischief, theft, community disputes and ongoing relationship conflict.

Bring child’s birth certificate (for international students, bring proof of citizenship or PR card, and passport), proof of residency, and report card. Call 604-903-3368 for more details.

West Vancouver School district #45

PUBliC SChoolS north Vancouver School district #44

604-903-3444 | www.sd44.ca 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver ■ The North Vancouver School District has 16,085 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12. ■ Programs 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. ■ New students to the district should register at the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.

604-981-1000 | www.westvancouverschools.ca 1075 21st Street, West Vancouver ■ West Vancouver Schools enrols approximately 7,300 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. ■ Programs: Advanced Placement, ArtWest45, Band, Choir, District Honour Choir, First Aid Swim Training, French Immersion, Ignite Your Passion, International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP & Diploma, Montessori, 12 Premier Academies in various academic, artistic and athletic disciplines, Super Achievers and YELL. ■ New students apply online followed by registration at school office. 604-981-1000 for more information.

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-Little Rascals Day Daycare & Preschool Pr -

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REGISTRATION FOR OUR NEW PRESCHOOL LEARNING LAB This hybrid program operates Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and gives 3- and 4-year-olds the tools they need for Kindergarten readiness. They will learn extra life skills, learn about nature, sustainability and cultures around the world, and benefit from yoga, music and French instruction.

3111 Stanle Stanley Avenue, North Vancouver

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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

indePendent SChoolS Catholic independent Schools 604-683-9331 | www.isabc.ca

Conseil Scolaire francophone 604-214-2600 | www.csf.bc.ca

independent School association of BC 604-913-6038

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.

Kindergarten to Grade 2, we are ready for you! Alcuin College is a progressive, independent K-12 school on the North Shore. Providing a diverse, rigorous and personalised education in an intimate setting, we foster each child’s creativity, achievement and relationships.

North Shore northshoremusictogether.com Sing, dance, play and learn with Music Together! Our joyful, interactive program is loved by families around the world. For newborn-5 years with caregiver!

Book a private tour and tell us about your child Kindergarten to grade 2 open for Sept 2020

info@stalcuincollege.com • 604.360.8656 • alcuin.ca

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4 convenient locations: Lynn Valley, JBCC, Delbrook, and Edgemont Village


Parent Education & Support Bowen island family Place

Daddy & Me Playgroup Drop-In Story Time Lo Lo Family Playgroup Drop-In Parent Education Workshops Parent Infant Drop-In Parent Community Developers’ Playgroup Drop In

604-947-9626 | www.bowenchildrenscentre.ca

650 Carter Road, Bowen Island Since 1989, Bowen Children’s Centre has been supporting family life on Bowen. Please see listing on page 18 for a full list of services we provide.

thrive family Programs (family Services of the north Shore)

north Shore Child Care resource & referral Program

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca #203 – 1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Free family drop-in programs for parents and caregivers with children birth to six years old. ■ Thrive Family Drop-in ■ Parent-Child Mother Goose ■ Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support ■ Parent Support Group ■ Pancakes and Play for Dads ■ Maplewood Toy and Clothing Exchange ■ Family Support Counselling Thrive centre locations: ■ Maplewood ■ Lonsdale Quay Market ■ West Vancouver Community Centre

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.

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604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Key Elements of Professional Nanny Care ■ Foundations of Child Care training (includes responsible adult, school age care, and family child care training) ■ Resource library and equipment loan ■ Parent/care provider workshops ■ Family child care and licensed group child care support and network

Parent Community developers (north Shore neighbourhood house)

604-983-6494 | www.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.

family Support Services (hollyburn family Services)

604-987-8211 | www.hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Family support service assists families with children under the age of 19 years, to improve communication, manage conflict, and cope with stress. ■ Parenting strategies and understanding how to adapt as children grow and develop ■ Service is provided in the client home ■ Parenting education groups and workshops ■ Linkage to other community services

family resource Centre (north Shore neighbourhood house) 604-983-6494 | www.nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

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Parent Education & Support cont. north Shore multicultural Society (nSmS)

604-988-2931 | www.nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ Let’s Learn Together (0-5 in Farsi, Mandarin) ■ Immigrant Parents as Literacy Partners (IPALS), (ages 3-5 in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ Middle Years (ages 7-12, in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ Parenting Teens (in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ School-Age Parenting Programs ■ Women’s English Skills & Support (WESS)

north Shore neighbourhood house 604-987-8138 | www.nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver ■ Young Parent Program ■ Parent Community Developers (CAPC)

family Support Program

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca A free, in-home, program for parents, with children under 19, to provide resources and support, parenting tips, tools, and strategies, and responses to intimate partner violence.

Parenting Gender diverse youth & Children (family Services of the north Shore)

604.988.5281 | www.familyservices.ca #203 – 1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Weekly, no-cost, drop-in group for parents of gender diverse children and youth. Providing connection and resources for parents who are seeking to support and build resiliency in their gender non-conforming children.

open door drop-in for Single moms

604-985-1122 ext. 28 www.singlemomsopendoor.com Hillside Church, 870 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Parkgate Community Services Society 604-983-6350 | www.myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ Child and family drop-in

Parent Community developers

604-983-6444 ext. 849 | www.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 and under. PCD’s host: ■ Parent/caregiver evening drop-in ■ Afternoon Nature Play drop-in ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parenting workshops ■ Dad/child evening drop-in

Properties family hub Society

604-981-1297 | www.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 | www.saccabc.org Improves the availability of quality, affordable school age child care by providing programs and services to professionals in this field.

Shewaynewas family Program

604-985-7826 l http://squamish.net Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services, Squamish Nation 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Shewaynewas Family Programs offer the following: ■ Es7a7tsiwen (prenatal) - Wednesdays - 6-8 p.m. ■ Skakel (parent/infant program) Mon. to Thurs. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 16 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory


Parent Education & Support cont. ■ ■

S7ixwalh (parent/toddler program) Mon. to Thurs. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Skakel/S7ixwalh blended group - Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

mother Bear Child development Program

Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services, Squamish Nation 427 West First Street, North Vancouver Licensed group child care (3 to 5 years) Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

tsleil-Waututh Child and family Centre

604-929-0693 | www.twnation.ca 3036 Takaya Drive, North Vancouver ■ Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster (HIPPY) ■ Toy lending library ■ Headstart program

family Preservation and reunification

604-985-2202 | www.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 | www.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.

Providing legal services including: • Wills & Estate Planning • Probate & Estate Administration • Real Estate

Services offered in • Business & Commercial Law Italiano, Français, 中文, Deutsch • Litigation & Business Disputes 200 – 879 Marine Drive • Motor Vehicle & Personal Injury North Vancouver ABOVE SHOPPERS DRUG MART • Employment Law

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Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs early literaCy

family reSoUrCe ProGramS

Parent Child mother Goose Programs (PCmG)

Bowen island family Place

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 ■ Thrive Family Programs (Family Services of the North Shore: 604-988-5281) ■ North Shore Neighbourhood House (at John Braithwaite Community Centre): 604-983-6494 ■ North Shore Community Resources: 604-985-7138 ■ Parkgate Community Centre: 604-983-6350

PUBliC liBrary early literaCy SerViCeS ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

City of North Vancouver Library: 604-998-3450 City of North Vancouver Library at JBCC: 604-982-8315 North Vancouver District Public Library (three locations): 604-990-5800 West Vancouver Memorial Library: 604-925-7400 Bowen Island Public Library: 604-947-9788

604-947-9626 | www.bowenislandfamilyplace.ca 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island 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 www.bowenislandfamilyplace.ca for program details.

thrive family Programs (family Services of the north Shore)

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca #203 – 1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Free family drop-in programs for parents and caregivers with children birth to six years old. ■ Thrive Family Drop-in ■ Parent-Child Mother Goose ■ Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support ■ Parent Support Group ■ Pancakes and Play for Dads ■ Maplewood Toy and Clothing Exchange ■ Family Support Counselling Thrive centre locations: ■ Maplewood ■ Lonsdale Quay Market ■ West Vancouver Community Centre

north Shore multicultural Society

604-988-2931 | www.nsms.ca #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. 18 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory


Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. droP-in PlayGroUPS (0-5 years) family resource Centre (north Shore neighbourhood house) 604-983-6494 | www.nsnh.bc.ca

John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Daddy and Me Playgroup Drop-In ■ Lending Library ■ Lo Lo Playgroup Drop-In ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Storytime ■ Sunshine Song Time ■ Parent Community Developers’ Playground Drop In

mother Bear drop-in

604-988-0667 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

north Shore Child Care resource & referral Program 604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca

North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver “Circle of Care” and “Mother Goose inspired” drop-in programs for child care providers. Call for locations, days and times.

family Program and Services (Parkgate Community Services Society)

604-983-6350 | www.myparkgate.com Inside Parkgate Community Centre at 3625 Banff Court and at Jaycee House 1251 Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver ■ Programs for parents, caregivers, grandparents and children ■ Family Drop in, also on Saturdays ■ Parent education ■ Nature Play ■ Play in the Park ■ Snack and Circle time ■ Monthly dad’s playgroup ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Parent Education ■ Special events

NORTH SHORE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE PROGRAMS at 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.

Montessori Mes Petits Academy (by St. Andrews Park)

Care and Education

(from 30 months to school age) 300 - 1046 St. Georges Ave. North Vancouver, BC, V7L 3H6 Phone: 604-980-1102 mespetits@mespetits.ca www.mespetits.ca

PARENT EDUCATION SERIES Practical information sessions for parents of preschoolers. For information on these or any of our other family programs, contact Family Resource Centre Coordinator 604-983-6494 frahimi@nsnh.bc.ca

And there’s more: DADDY & ME DROP IN

A playgroup for fathers and their children under 6 years

FAMILY EVENTS – Many events are held throughout the year FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE – In partnership with John

Braithwaite Community Centre, the Family Centre offers many drop-in programs for families with children under 6 years

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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: ■

Westview Elementary School 641 West 17th Street, 604-903-3840 For more information contact North Vancouver School District at 604-903-3444, or check the website: www.sd44.ca/Schools/StrongStart

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

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: www.westvancouverschools.ca

NORTH SHORE CRISIS SERVICES SOCIETY

Suite 200—147 16th Street West, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1T3 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, 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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School-Age Programs SChool-aGe Care

Bowen island youth Centre

north Shore Child Care resource & referral Program

Capilano Community Services Society

604-240-3467 | 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island

604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca

604-988-7115 | Norgate Community School

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 Affordable Child Care benefit program.

north Shore neighbourhood house

SChool Site after-SChool ProGramS north Shore neighbourhood house Kids Club Programs 604-987-8138 | www.nsnh.bc.ca ■ Capilano Elementary ■ Cleveland Elementary ■ Lynn Valley Elementary ■ Norgate Elementary ■ Ridgeway Elementary ■ Mountainside Kids Club supporting Braemar Elementary ■ Westview Elementary

User Pay after-School Site Programs Several schools on the North Shore have arranged for afterschool 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.

north Vancouver recreation & Culture Commission

604-987-Play (7529) | www.nvrc.bc.ca

Kids Club - West Vancouver Community Centre 604-925-7270

the after School Club

604-947-9626 | www.bowenchildrenscentre.ca 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island Offering after-school care at Bowen Island Community School.

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:

604-987-8138 ■ Lynn Valley Recreation Hall ■ Harry Jerome Recreation Centre ■ John Braithwaite Community Centre

Parkgate Community Services Society 604-983-6350 | Parkgate Community Centre

West Vancouver Community Services 604-925-7270 ■ Gleneagles Community Centre ■ West Vancouver Community Centre

after-SChool/SUmmer ProGramS Summer & Spring Break Camps, after School art

604-988-6844 | www.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 providing children with 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 | www.bgcbc.ca | norvanclub@bgcbc.ca 800 Forsman Avenue, North Vancouver Norvan Boys and Girls Club offers after-school drop-in programs Monday – 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. No child is turned away due to an inability to pay.

artists for Kids/Gordon Smith Gallery

604-903-3798 | www.gordonsmithgallery.ca 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Artists for Kids offers a range of after-school art programs, as well as spring break and summer art camps for school age children. All programs are taught by highly qualified art educators who work to develop creativity and artistic skill sets for their students.

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Community Resources & Services reSoUrCeS on the north Shore family Services of the north Shore

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca An accredited, non-profit agency offering counselling (sliding fee), education and support to children, youth, individuals, seniors, couples, and families; addressing issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, violence, separation and divorce, grief and loss. ■ Individual, couple & family counselling ■ Child & youth counselling ■ Parent education and support programs ■ Eating disorders prevention and awareness ■ Support services to LGBTQ2S+ youth and parents of gender diverse youth

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 | www.hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Community-based multi-service agency offering a range of services supporting individuals and families throughout all stages of development, including self-referral and MCFD referral programs; ■ Family support services ■ Parent teen mediation ■ Youth safe house ■ Parent education ■ Victim support services ■ Individual fee-for-service counselling ■ Youth training, support and outreach services ■ Senior’s housing support services

family resource Centre (north Shore neighbourhood house)

604-983-6494 | www.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, PCDs) ■ Pacific Post-Partum support group ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parent education workshops

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Circle of Care support to caregivers NVC Library Storytime Vancouver Coastal Health - Parent/Infant & Breastfeeding Support Drop-In

north Shore Community resources

604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Child Care Resource & Referral Program ■ Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) ■ 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

north Shore Crisis Services Society

604-987-0366 | www.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 | www.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 | www.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 info@nsrj.ca


Community Resources & Services cont. Parkgate Community Services Society

604-983-6350 | www.myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver Community based multi-services and not-for-profit organization offering: ■ Licensed Child Care for children 6 month-12 years, including Licensed Day Camps for vacation ■ Licensed toddler program “My First Preschool” ■ Play Groups ■ Community Developers ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Support for caregivers ■ Preteen & Youth programs ■ Parent Education ■ Monthly Dad’s Night Out playgroup ■ Evening and Saturday playgroups ■ Special events ■ Seniors & Volunteer Programs In partnership with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture and VCH

Properties family hub Society

604-981-1297 | www.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 (north Shore neighbourhood house)

604-290-2384 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. Visit nsnh.bc.ca for more information.

Do you want a solid and proven foundation for your child’s physical, intellectual and emotional development? Register today for North Star Montessori’s infant & toddler and preschool programs.

Infancy to Grade 7 Call today: 604 980 1205 1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver (Southern annex of the North Shore Winter Club)

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Community Resources & Services cont. Salvation army family resources

604-988-7225 | Brian_dueck@can.salvationarmy.org 105 West 12th Street, North Vancouver ■ Kids programs including camps

the north Shore restorative Justice Society 604-969-7462 | www.nsrj.ca 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver

The Restorative Response Program

A peaceful approach to crime and conflict that seeks to address the needs of victims, offenders and communities by offering processes that encourage dialogue, reparation and healing. We offer: an opportunity to tell your story, a chance to explain how you have been impacted, conflict resolution and a chance to repair relationships, a better understanding of the incident and its impacts, an opportunity to take responsibility for one’s actions, meaningful outcomes and an opportunity for closure.

West Vancouver Child and family hub

604-921-3403 | www.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

Bowen island family Place

604-947-2717 | www.bowenislandfamilyplace.ca 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island ■ Parent resources and lending library ■ Parent education workshops ■ Post partum and breast feeding supports ■ Parent and Child Mother Goose ■ With community partners, health referrals and support information for families with children prenatal through 12 years of age.

BC association of family resource Programs

778-590-0045 | www.frpbc.ca 20766 80 Avenue, Langley 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 | www.bccf.ca | bccf@bccf.ca 208-1847 West Broadway, Vancouver ■ Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program ■ My Tween and Me ■ Parent Child Mother Goose Program ■ Integrated Strategies for Home Visitors ■ Alliance of Professionals Serving Young Parents

BC healthy Kids Program

1-866-866-0800 | www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/ featured-services/services/healthy-kids-program Provides help for low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

604-876-2447 ext. 236 | www.bigbrothersvancouver.com rose.baraty@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca #102-1193 Kingsway, Vancouver ■ Programs include the Big Brother and In-School Mentoring. ■ Police Information Check-Vulnerable Sector required.

Big Sisters of BC of the lower mainland 604-873-4525 | www.bigsisters.bc.ca info@bigsisters.bc.ca 34 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Big Sisters Mentoring Program & Study Buddy Program ■

reSoUrCeS in the loWer mainland association of neighbourhood houses of BC

604-875-9111 | www.anhbc.org | central@anhbc.org #203-3102 Main Street, Vancouver This organization has more than 300 programs and services from child care to family resources to support children and youth.

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We provide mentoring relationships to female, transgender & non-binary, kids ages 7 -17 who may be facing challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, anxiety, lowesteem & more. Big Sisters program matches female mentors with a mentee to develop a 1:1 friendship. They spend 2-4 hours, once a week, for 1 year doing free/low-cost activities. Study Buddy program is a weekly 1:1 mentoring relationship focusing on school work. Female mentors provide educational guidance/support to a mentee.

211 and Provincial help lines

211 | www.bc211.ca Provides free, confidential information and referral regarding community, social and government services. All services are


Community Resources & Services cont. free of charge, multilingual (180 languages and dialects), confidential and anonymous. ■ 211 Service across the BC Lower Mainland: call 211 ■ Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral Service: 604-660-9382 or 1-800-663-1441 ■ 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

access Counselling

604-926-5496 | www.livingsystems.ca info@livingsystems.ca Living Systems Counselling #209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Offers support for couples and families who are having difficulties adjusting to some aspect of life. ■ Offers Bowen Family Systems Therapy and pastoral counselling ■ Offices in North and West Vancouver ■ Fees on a sliding scale ■ Minimal waiting list

ministry of Children & family development

www.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

Child Protection Reports

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 after hours emergencies.

CYSN/AT HOME Program/Autism Funding 604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver

Foster Care Resources and Recruitment 604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver

Youth Probation

604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver

Parent Support Services Society of BC

604-669-1616 | www.parentsupportbc.ca #204-5623 Imperial Street, Burnaby ■ Parent 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, Arabic, Korean and Spanish. Childcare and transportation subsidies are available. ■ Grandparents 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. ■ Grandparents 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 10 am to 3 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Contact: 604-558-4740; GRGline@parentsupportbc.ca.

ymCa of Vancouver

604-681-9622 | www.vanymca.org ■ Provides a range of charitable and education programs and services for children and families in Greater Vancouver.

yWCa of Vancouver

604-895-5800 | www.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 | www.vlmfss.ca | cwwa@vlmfss.ca #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. NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory 25


Children Requiring Extra Support

Recreation Resources

families that require extra support to meet the unique needs of children living with disabilities or intellectual 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 | www.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 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 BC Centre for ability (north Shore)

604-451-5511 | www.bc-cfa.org | info@bc-cfa.org ■ Provides assessment and ongoing therapy services to children from birth to school entry age who have a developmental delay or neurological challenge. ■ Physiotherapy, 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.

Child & youth Counselling (family Services of the north Shore)

604-988-5281 | www.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 | www.hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Provides clinical counselling services to children and families.

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604-986-1358 | g.jackson@nsdrc.org North Shore Disability Resource Centre 3158 Mountain Highway, 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.

north Shore Supported Child development Program

604-998-0131 | www.nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 143 East 14th 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. ■ Parent support group opportunities available

north Shore Children’s hearing Clinic, Vancouver Coastal health, north Shore

604-983-6704 | www.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 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.


Children Requiring Extra Support cont. north Shore Pediatric resource team

Preschool Speech/language Services (Children 0-5) Vancouver Coastal health, north Shore 604-983-6760 | www.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.

904-6200 ext. 4162 ■ 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. ■ 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 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.

Multicultural Resources north Shore multicultural Society (nSmS)

604-988-2931 | www.nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ Provides assistance in finding resources for immigrant newcomer families ■ Settlement services include information on education, medical and health systems, social benefits, housing, family issues ■ Community connections & volunteering ■ Employment ■ English language classes ■ Offers programs for youth, parents, women’s health ■ Services are provided in English, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin and Tagalog ■ School-Age Parenting Program

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWiS) Program provided by North Shore Multicultural Society 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

Vancouver and lower mainland multicultural family Support Services

604-436-1025 | www.vlmfss.ca #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. ■ Individual and/or group counselling support to children who witness violence. ■ Groups for caregivers with their children aged 1-6 to share parenting skills and to learn about child development.

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First Nations Resources

Help Your Child Succeed

BC aboriginal Child Care Society

604-913-9128 | www.acc-society.bc.ca reception@acc-society.bc.ca #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.

Shewaynewas family Program

604-985-7826 l http://squamish.net Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services, Squamish Nation 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Shewaynewas Family Programs offer the following: ■ Es7a7tsiwen (Prenatal) - Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. ■ Skakel (Parent/Infant program) - Monday to Thursday 9:30 -11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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S7ixwalh (Parent/Toddler program) - Monday to Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Skakel/S7ixwalh blended program - Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mother Bear Child Development Program located at 427 West 1st Street Licensed Program (3 to 5 year olds) - Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

tsleil-Waututh nation Child and family Centre

604-929-0693 | www.twnation.ca | info@twnation.ca 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) ■ Weekly Parent Group ■ Weekly Drop in Program ■ Toy lending library ■ Headstart Program ■ Takaya Aboriginal Family Program, offering parent support and family drop-in for Aboriginal families. ■ Aboriginal infant development program


Internet Resources Help Your Child Succeed

BC Parent newsmagazine

www.bcparent.ca Independent parenting magazine, giving tips on health care, education, birthing, arts, community events, and others.

north Shore Community resources

www.nscr.ca Information, resources and support for all ages.

Jessie’s legacy

www.jessieslegacy.com A Family Services of the North Shore program which provides eating disorders prevention education, resources and support for BC youth, families, educators and professionals.

Kids’ Stop – indian and northern affairs Canada

www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca Fun and educational resources, with lots of First Nations, Inuit and Métis information, resources, languages.

Kids Vancouver

www.kidsvancouver.com Resource for parents to learn about fun things for their kids in the Greater Vancouver area.

modern mama

www.modernmama.com Resources for parents with young children

things to do on the north Shore www.vancouversnorthshore.com

tourism BC

www.helloBC.com Official site for Tourism British Columbia, with lots of information for planned vacations within the province.

Urban Baby & toddler magazine

www.urbanbaby.ca Resource for new and expectant parents. Topics include fitness, nutrition, childbirth, breastfeeding, immunization, and more.

WestCoast families magazine

www.westcoastfamilies.com Resource for families in the Lower Mainland promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Recreation Resources fUn PlaCeS animal Welfare Shelter

604-990-3711 299 Mansfield, North Vancouver ■ Dog walking and cat brushing

Bowen island

www.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.

Cypress mountain

604-926-5612 | www.cypressmountain.com ■ Summer – walking, hiking, blueberry picking, lakes ■ Winter – snowplay, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing

deep Cove Village, north Vancouver

www.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 ■ Seymour Art Gallery and Deep Cove & Area Heritage Society

Grouse mountain

604-984-0661 | Guest Services: 604-980-9311 www.grousemountain.com ■ Fee 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.

lonsdale Quay

604-985-6261 | www.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.

lynn Canyon ecology Centre

604-990-3755 | www.dnv.org/ecology 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver ■ The 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. ■ Tree Top Tales: Free story time for 2 and 3 year olds. Call for times. 30 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory

maplewood farm

604-929-5610 | www.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.

mount Seymour

604-986-2261 | www.mountseymour.com ■ Hiking trails, snow play in winter. Some fees.

the Polygon Gallery

604-986-1351 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver ■ Art Gallery, Admission by donation until Dec. 31, 2020.

Bridgman Park North Vancouver ■

On the corner of Mountain Highway and Keith Road. Trees, river, swings, a slide, climbing equipment, washroom.

Capilano river regional Park & Salmon hatchery

604-432-6200 www.metrovancouver.org/services/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.


Recreation Resources cont. lighthouse Park

maplewood flats

lynn Canyon Park

ParKS and PlayGroUndS

Marine Drive, at the end of Beacon Lane, West Vancouver â– Nature trails, ecology centre, lighthouse tours www.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.

2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver â– Nature tours, walking trails

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 | www.cnv.org

lynn headwaters regional Park

district of north Vancouver

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.

district of West Vancouver

604-432-6200 | www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks

604-990-3800 | www.dnv.org

604-925-7200 | www.westvancouver.ca

Park & tilford Gardens

604-984-8200 | www.parkandtilford.com/garden/calendar In the Park & Tilford Shopping Centre on Brooksbank. Lovely gardens to walk around, fish pond, seasonal lights, and displays.

Year-round lessons, kids programs, adult lessons, horse boarding, training and more. North Shore Equestrian Centre 1301 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver 604-988-5131 www.WeCreateRiders.com PROVIDING AMAZING EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCES SINCE 1986 NORTH SHORE 2020 Children & family direCtory 31


Recreation Resources cont. district of West Vancouver: Parks & Community Services

604-925-7200 | www.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 & Culture Commission

604-987-Play (7529) | www.nvrc.ca 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.

CommUnity reCreation CentreS north VanCoUVer delbrook Community recreation Centre: 604-987-7529 851 West Queens Road north Vancouver tennis Centre: 604-983-6483 280 Lloyd Avenue

Seymour demonstration forest

Top of Lillooet Road, North Vancouver â– Hiking trails (stroller friendly), cycling/in-line skating, picnic area, Seymour Fish Hatchery, Rice Lake.

Whytecliff Park 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. Stanley Park Vancouver

www.vancouver.ca/parks â– Beaches, playgrounds, lots of fun things to do. Car (parking fee) or transit.

CommUnity reCreation SerViCeS Bowen island Community recreation

604-947-2216 | www.bowencommunityrecreation.com 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island Offers recreation activities, programs, and leisure activities for all ages and groups.

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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: 604-983-6471 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 north Shore neighbourhood house: 604-987-8138 225 East 2nd Street Parkgate Community Centre: 604-987-7529 3625 Banff Court


Recreation Resources cont. ron andrews Centre: 604-987-7529 931 Lytton Street 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

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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.

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

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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 ■ Reduced “screen time” away from TV and computers ■ Opportunities to connect with positive, mentoring adults in the community.

north Shore CommUnity reSoUrCeS: Child and family ProGramS 604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca #211-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver


Help Your Child Succeed 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.” 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.

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.

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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Help Your Child Succeed cont. GettinG ready for KinderGarten * This information is from the Government of British Columbia website and the West Vancouver School Board

If your child is turning five this year, there are many ways in which you can support their transition to Kindergarten.

enrol in an early learning Program ■

StrongStart BC Centres are a drop-in program intended for both children (0-5) and caregivers to engage in play-based learning activities. Ready, Set, Learn events provide a chance for caregivers and children (3-5) to engage with their local school. These one-time events typically happen in the spring.

Support your Child’s transition at home There are many ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten. Play is one of the best activities to do with your child, and can touch on the following topics: ■ Developing the joy of reading Help your child learn to love reading be engaging with books at home. Help your child point out the front of books, turn pages one at a time, hold them correctly, and pretend to read to stuffed animals or toys. ■ Playing with sounds and letters Practice identifying letters and numbers in your

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community, sing simple songs, and familiar rhymes! Listening and following directions Help your child get ready for school by making directions fun! Play games that involve listening to instructions and taking turns. Also use “first” and “then” to let your child know about expectations. Fro example, say, “First puzzle, then snack.” Check out your local library Libraries host amazing programs that support play, engagement, and pre-literacy skills.

Play (0-8 years of age) Extended engagement in play is one of the best ways to prepare your child for school. It is a critical component of your child’s learning, development, and well-being. Here are some suggestions to support your child’s engagement in play: ■ Check out the Ready, Set, Learn toolkit – this has been developed to give parents ideas that encourage children to become life-long learners. ■ Allow your child’s interests to be your guide. ■ Give children time to think and respond to questions, or to make choices. ■ Check out the Play Today B.C. Handbook – this provides examples of and illustrates a variety of play experience. ■ Above all, have fun!


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North Vancouver City Library 11 North Vancouver Community Arts Council 21 North Vancouver District Public Library 11 North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission 21, 32 North Vancouver School District #44 13 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 16 Options for Sexual Health: Sexual Health Clinic 8 Parent Child Mother Goose Programs (PCMG) 18 Parent Community Developers 15 Parent Support Services Society of BC 25 Parenting Gender Diverse Youth & Children 16 Park & Tilford Gardens 31 Parkgate Community Centre 7, 18, 19, 21, 22, 32 Parkgate Community Health Centre 8 Parkgate Community Services Society 16, 19, 21, 23 Physiotherapy 6 Postpartum Support 8 Pre-teen Drop-In Programs 21 Preschool Speech/Language Services 27 Properties Family Hub Society 16, 23 Provincial Child Care Resource & Referral Programs 11 Provincial Help Lines (211) 24 Public Health Nursing 7 Public Library Early Literacy Services 18 Public Schools 13 Queen Mary, Ridgeway and Westview Community Development Project 23 Quest Food Exchange 10 Ron Andrews Centre 33 Salvation Army Family Resources 24 School Age Child Care Association of BC 16 School Site After School Programs 21

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Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) 14, 27 Sex Sense Line 8 Seylynn Centre 33 Seymour Demonstration Forest 32 Shewaynewas Family Program 16, 28 Speech/Language Services 8, 27 Stanley Park, Vancouver 32 StrongStart Programs 14, 20, 36 The After School Club (Bowen Island Family Place) 21 The North Shore Restorative Justice Society 12, 24 The Polygon Gallery 30 Thrive Family Programs 15, 18 Tobacco Reduction 8 Tsleil-Waututh Nation Child & Family Centre 17, 28 24-Hour Crisis Line 5 24-Hour Women’s Support Line 5 Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services 25, 27 Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) 6,-10, 11, 26, 27 Vancouver Coastal Region CCRRs 11 Vision Screening 8 Well Baby Drop-In Clinics 8 West Community Health Centre 8 West Vancouver Aquatic Centre 33 West Vancouver Arena 33 West Vancouver Child & Family Hub 17, 24 West Vancouver Community Centre 21, 33 West Vancouver Community Services 21 West Vancouver Memorial Library 12 West Vancouver School District #45 13 Whytecliff Park 32 YMCA of Vancouver 25 YWCA of Vancouver 25 Young Parent Program 8 Youth Eating Disorders Program 8

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North Shore Crisis Services Society North Shore Neighbourhood House North Star Montessori Elementary North Shore Equestrian Centre North Shore Music Together Pure Pharmacy Ratcliff & Company LLP St Alcuin College Thrifty Foods West Vancouver School District

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