Children & Family Directory

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2022 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


Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale

Community Office 50-221 West Esplanade North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J3 Bowinn.Ma.MLA@leg.bc.ca 604-981-0033

Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour Community Office 217-1233 Lynn Valley Road North Vancouver, BC V7J 0A1 Susie.Chant.MLA@leg.bc.ca 604-983-9859

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2022 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: GettyImages

North Shore Community Resources: Child and Family Programs 604-985-7138 www.nscr.ca #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Children & Family Directory 2022 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

For information regarding advertising, contact the North Shore News at 604-998-3520

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) provides funding to community groups that promote the healthy development of young children from birth to age 6, who face challenges that put their health at risk, such as: ■ Poverty ■ Teen pregnancy ■ Social and geographic isolation ■ Substance use ■ Family violence Through this initiative, the Public Health Agency of Canada funds 410 CAPC projects serving over 225,000 vulnerable children and parents/caregivers across Canada each year. 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.

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Table of Contents Emergency Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Community Resources & Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Health Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Resources on the North Shore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Resources in the Lower Mainland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), North Shore Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Nutritional Counselling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 North Shore Public Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Community Resource Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Parent Education & Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Early Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Public Library Early Literacy Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Family Resource Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Drop-in Playgroups (0-5 years) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

School-Age Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 School Site After-School Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Pre-teen Drop-in Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 After-School/Summer Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Children Requiring Extra Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Multicultural Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 First Nations Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Recreation Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fun Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Parks and Playgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Community Recreation Services & Centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 The First Six Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Middle Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Help Your Child Succeed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Steps for Healthy Child Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Taking Care of You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Getting Ready for Kindergarten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Internet Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Business & Services Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Advertiser Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 The Table of Contents highlights the general categories of information in your 2022 Children & Family Directory. For an alphabetical list of services and resources available to North Shore families, please refer to the INDEX on page 36.

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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

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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.

Health Link BC www.healthlinkbc.ca

By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health services navigator, who can help you to find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist.

Community Licensing 604-983-6700 Provides the licensing and monitoring of child and adult facilities on the North Shore. These facilities provide daycare, group home residential care for youth and adults with special needs and homes for seniors.

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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 years and school-aged 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.

North Shore Pediatric Resource Team 604-904-6200 Ext. 4162

Nursing Support Services Includes coordination and consultation; assessment to determine if delegated or direct nursing care is required; development of Individualized Care Plans (ICP); teaching/ training and delegation for alternate care givers; facilitation of the At Home Program; counseling and referral; monitoring and evaluation. To access direct care or delegated care services, a physician’s referral is required: www.bcchildrens.ca and search for ‘NSS Referral.’


Health Resources cont. 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 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.

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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at 604-983-6700. After hours and weekends, clients can call HealthLink BC at 811.

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.

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 We can help with: ■ Slowing down myopia progression ■ Non-surgical options to treat myopia ■ Concussions and learning challenges

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255-1233 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver 604.987.9191 | www.lynnvalleyoptometry.com NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 7


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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. 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.

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

Youth Parenting & Pregnancy Program (YPPP)

Options for Sexual Health: Sexual Health Clinic 604-731-4252 | www.optionsforsexualhealth.org

Speech/Language Services 0-5 years

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 p.m..

604-675-3982 ext. 20331 | www.vch.ca/yppp Robert & Lily Lee Family Community Health Centre 2nd floor, 1669 East Broadway, Vancouver A free service supporting pregnant Vancouver youth (24 and under) and their babies.

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–aged 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 with disordered eating/eating disordered symptoms and live 8 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY

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 and families. A weekly pediatric asthma clinic is held on the


Health Resources cont. unit by referral only. Parents are important members of the care team and are encouraged to participate directly in the development of a care plan for their child. As well, parents are given the option to “room-in” with their child to help alleviate anxiety in small children. A parent lounge in the unit has kitchen facilities. A playroom and teen lounge are available for play therapy and patient recreation. Videos and computer games are also available to distract children from pain and anxiety.

Lions Gate Hospital Pre-Admission Clinic

604-988-3131 Children requiring surgery will visit the Pre-Admission Clinic with a parent/guardian prior to the scheduled operation. This visit will provide an opportunity for the child to meet with members of the care team, complete required tests and other procedures, and learn more about what to expect when they come to the hospital. Parents/guardians will also learn what to expect during and after surgery and the role they will play in their child’s treatment and recovery process.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN North Shore Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH)

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.

Child and Youth Counselling

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Supports children and youth struggling with mental health issues that are getting in the way of school, friends, family and life. Specialized counselling also available for children suffering from trauma and symptoms of sexual, mental and physical abuse.

KEEPING YOU IN MOTION

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

Child and Adolescent Program (CAP) 5th Floor 132 W. Esplanade, North Vancouver These two multi-disciplinary teams consist of child and youth clinicians, psychiatrists, behavior support workers, a social worker and prevention educators. Referring problems include anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, ADHD and other mental health issues. Outpatient, community-based therapy, outreach services and parent / children after-school groups, including social skills training, are also offered. Infant mental health services (0 – 5 years) are provided by MCFD only. Services are free and referrals are accepted through the Child and Youth Mental Health Walk In Clinic (see below).

Child and Youth Mental Health Walk-in Clinic

604-904-4300 (press 1) The Child and Youth Mental Health Clinic provides specialized mental health treatment to children, and youth (0-18 years old), and their families, who are experiencing mental health symptoms that impact thoughts, behaviours and feelings. Clinical services may also include eventual access to psychiatrists for further evaluation of medical need at a later date. ■ Times and location: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver *No appointments required

• Shockwave Therapy • ICBC & WCB Injuries • Sports Injury Rehabilitation • IMS & Acupuncture • Manual Therapy & Manipulation • Kinesiology Supervised Exercise Programs

604-983-8514 www.lynnvalleyphysio.com 206–1200 Lynn Valley Road NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 9


Health Resources cont. Bowen Island Food Bank

FOOD BANKS 604-983-9488 1073 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver In emergency circumstances, enough food is provided for each family member for one month.

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.

North Shore Neighbourhood House

Quest Food Exchange

Harvest Project

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 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and can be accessed our front entrance at 225 East 2nd Street.

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

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 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.; closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

NORTH SHORE CRISIS SERVICES SOCIETY Suite 200—147 16th Street West, North Vancouver Women’s 24 Hour Support Line: 604-987-3374 Office: 604-987-0366 Website: www.nscss.net North Shore Crisis Services Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a secure and abuse free environment for women and children The ACE (Adolescent and Children’s Empowerment) Program :  is open to children or youth who have witnessed or experienced abuse in the home and reside on the North Shore or surrounding areas.  provides assessments, referrals and age appropriate support groups and camps for children and adolescents,  provides individual support for children and adolescents  offers prevention activities for schools  provides a safe, supportive environment where children and youth can express and explore feelings throughart, art,play playand anddiscussion discussion feeling through 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 Government of Canada and 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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Child Care Resources BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

604-913-9128 | www.acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) is a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous early learning and child care. We help Indigenous communities develop high quality, culturally-grounded, spiritually-enriching, community child care services that are based in the child’s culture, language and history. We are the only provincial Aboriginal Child Care Resource & Referral in BC. We provide information, training, and support to programs, educators, and families.

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.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Community Care Facilities Licensing

604-983-6787 Provides the licensing and monitoring of child care facilities on the North Shore.

North Shore Supported Child Development Program (NSSCDP)

604-998-0131 | www.nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 225 East 2nd 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.

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Education Resources COMMUNITY RESOURCE LIBRARIES BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Resource Library

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. Due to COVID-19, most story times and special events are currently being offered virtually. 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

West Vancouver Memorial Library

604-925-7400 | www.westvanlibrary.ca 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver 12 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY

604-913-9128 | www.acc-society.bc.ca/resource-centre #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 promote repair, reconciliation, learning and understanding. Cases commonly referred include physical assault, threats, break and enter, mischief, theft, community disputes and ongoing relationship conflict.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS North Vancouver School District #44

604-903-3444 | www.sd44.ca 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver ■ The North Vancouver School District has 15,713 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12. ■ Programs include French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, numerous Athletic and Art Academies,


Education Resources cont. ■

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. 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

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. Call 604-981-1000 for more information.

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/ Impact North Shore 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver West Vancouver School District/ Impact North Shore 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.

City Library is excited to welcome kids and caregivers to: • In-person and virtual programs • Storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and before bed • Take & Make craft kits • Hands-on tech exploration • And, of course, lots of books!

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Education Resources cont. School District 93 604-980-6040 l www.andrepiolat.csf.bc.ca École André-Piolat 380 West Kings Road, North Vancouver ■ One of the Conseil Scolaire Francophone school in French language ■ Kindergarten to Grade 12 ; Free IB program : MYP Grade 7-10; IB Grade 11-12 ■ Possible graduation with 3 diplomas: Dogwood, Cornouiller, IB ■ Online registrations on our website

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS Catholic Independent Schools 604-683-9331 | www.isabc.ca

Independent School Association of BC 604-913-6038

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Parent Education & Support Bowen Island Family Place

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 19 for a full list of services we provide.

Thrive Family Centres

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver Free services for parents and caregivers with children birth to 6 years old. Two locations: Maplewood 399 Seymour River Place, North Van, and West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Van. ■ Thrive family drop-in ■ Parent support & education groups ■ One to one parent support counselling ■ Parent-child mother goose ■ Breastfeeding/postpartum support group ■ Pancakes & play – Dads and male caregivers Sunday dropin group ■ Toy & clothing exchange ■ Community food cupboard

Family Resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood House) 604-987-8138 | www.nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Parent Education Workshops ■ Family Playgroup Drop In ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Parent Child Mother Goose

North Shore Child Care Resource & Referral Program

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

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.

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

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Parent Education & Support cont. 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 The Parent Community Developers (PCDs) host family playgroups, sunshine song time program, parenting support workshops, and provide community resources for families with children up to 6 years old. These free programs are funded by the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) through the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Impact North Shore

604-988-2931 | www.impactnorthshore.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)

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Public Library

The Impact North Shore Immigrant Service Centre offers a variety of programs and workshops for newcomer parents with children aged 0-19.

From books and DVDs to storytimes, puzzles, and so much more – there’s something for every child at NVDPL!

With programs for each age group, you will learn about healthy child development, how you can support your child’s literacy, how to create healthy routines and get involved in their school, connect with other newcomer parents, and more.

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Parent Education & Support cont. 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 Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver A free in-community program for parents with children under 19, to provide linkages to community resources and supports, parenting tips, tools and strategies.

PROUD2BE Parenting Gender Diverse Youth

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Join other parents of gender-diverse youth for safe, judgmentfree discussions co-facilitated by two experienced counsellors. This free, weekly drop-in group is a welcoming place for you to learn more about how to support your trans, non-binary, gender diverse and/or gender-questioning child or teen.

PROUD2BE Drop-in Group for Youth

604-988-5281 l www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver A free weekly drop-in for ages 16-24 who identify as queer, transgender, two-spirit, and/or questioning youth. Connect with other youth in discussions led by an experienced master’s level counsellor. Share your experiences, ask questions, and explore your identity.

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) 604-988-2931 l www.impactnorthshore.ca

Impact North Shore 123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver Are you new to Canada and your child goes to a North Shore elementary or secondary school? The SWIS program can help: ■ parents understand the BC Education System ■ provide key information about your child’s school ■ parents access educational resources ■ increase parent involvement at school and in the community SWIS staff meet with students and families individually to provide information, facilitate meetings at schools, and hold education-related workshops and youth group activities.

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Parent Education & Support cont. Parkgate Community Services Society

School Age Child Care Association of BC

Parent Community Developers

Mother Bear Child Development Program

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

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.

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

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.

Properties Family Hub Society

Family Preservation and Reunification

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.

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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 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.

Young Parents Program

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604-987-8138 l www.nsnh.bc.ca North Shore Neighbourhood House 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver ■ one-to-one support with our Family Support Worker ■ a regular group drop-in ■ parenting classes ■ out-trips ■ ongoing advocacy and support Email: nfsw@nsnh.bc.ca Cell: 604-258-8539


Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs EARLY LITERACY Parent Child Mother Goose Programs (PCMG) 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): 604-987-8138 ■ North Shore Community Resources: 604-985-7138 ■ Parkgate Community Centre: 604-983-6350

Thrive Family Centres

604-988-5281 l www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver ■ Parent-Child Mother Goose

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

Shewaynewas Family Program

604-985-7826 | http://squamish.net Squamish Nation, Ayas Men Men Child & Family 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Es7a7tsiwen (Prenatal) Registered program delivered weekly via ZOOM with Community Health Nurse and Infant Development Facilitator ■ Skakel (Parent/Infant) program and S7ixwalh (Parent/ Toddler) program delivered in-person Monday to Thursday with COVID safety protocols in place

Thrive Family Centres

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Free services for parents and caregivers with children birth to 6 years old. Two locations: Maplewood 399 Seymour River Place, North Van, and West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Van. ■ Thrive family drop-in ■ Parent support & education groups ■ One to one parent support counselling ■ Parent-child mother goose ■ Breastfeeding/postpartum support group ■ Pancakes & play – Dads and male caregivers Sunday dropin group ■ Toy & clothing exchange ■ Community food cupboard

FAMILY RESOURCE PROGRAMS Bowen Island Family Place

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.

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Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. ■ ■ ■

Sunshine Song Time Parent Community Developers Family Playgroup Drop In

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)

Impact North Shore

604-988-2931 | www.impactnorthshore.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.

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

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: ■

DROP-IN PLAYGROUPS (0-5 years) Family Resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood House) 604-987-8138 | www.nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Lending Library ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Storytime

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Eastview Elementary School 1801 Mountain Highway, 604-903-3520 Boundary Elementary School 750 East 26th Street, 604-903-3260 Lynnmour Elementary School 800 Forsman Avenue, 604-903-3590 Montroyal Elementary School 5310 Sonora Drive, 604-903-3650 Norgate Community Elementary 1295 Sowden Street, 604-903-3680 Seymour Heights Elementary School 2640 Carnation Street, 604-903-3760 Westview Elementary School 641 West 17th Street, 604-903-3840


Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. For more information contact North Vancouver School District at 604-903-3444, or check the website: www.sd44.ca/Schools/StrongStart

West Vancouver StrongStart Programs ■

Hollyburn Elementary School 1329 Duchess Avenue, hollyburnstrongstart@wvschools.ca Eagle Harbour Montessori School 5515 Marine Drive, ehss@wvschools.ca Chartwell Elementary School 1300 Chartwell Drive, chss@wvschools.ca

For more information contact West Vancouver Schools at 604-981-1095 or visit: https://westvancouverschools.ca/programs/earlylearning#strongstart

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We offer an inclusive play-based curriculum that supports overall wellbeing. Our programs provide a place where families and children can connect, learn, and thrive.

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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 ■ Queen Mary Community 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:

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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.northvanarts.ca North Van Arts 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver North Van Arts believes in the intrinsic value of the arts in everyday life. We offer summer camps, spring break camps and after school art to school-aged children at affordable prices. Our programmes are offered in schools and at Maplewood House. Classes are taught by professional artists in a variety of mediums, including writing, drawing, comics, printmaking, music and movement, and more.

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.


Community Resources & Services RESOURCES ON THE NORTH SHORE Bowen Island Family Place 604-947-2717 | www.bowenchildrenscentre.ca Bowen Children’s Centre 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island Family Place, a program of Bowen Children’s Centre, provides programs/services for parents/caregivers and their children prenatal through six years of age. We offer an engaging environment that focuses on developmentally appropriate play-based programming for children, emphasises strength-based family support, links parents to resources and promotes connections between parents/caregivers and their children, families and the community. ■ Family Place ■ Daddy & Me ■ Baby Connections ■ Parent-Child Mother Goose ■ Baby weigh ■ Breastfeeding support ■ VCH Vaccination clinics

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

604-987-8138 | www.nsnh.bc.ca North Shore Neighbourhood House 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver The Parent Community Developers (PCDs) host free programs for parents and caregivers with children up to 6 years old, and provide information about community resources. ■ Family Playgroup Drop In ■ Sunshine Song Time ■ Parenting Support workshops Follow us on facebook @NorthShoreNeighbourhoodHouse for more information.

Family Services of the North Shore

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca An accredited non-profit agency that provides counselling, support, and education for individuals and families of all ages and stages of life. ■ Counselling (sliding fee scale) ■ Parent education and support programs ■ Eating disorders prevention and awareness ■ Support services to LGBTQ2S+ youth and parents of gender-diverse youth ■ Sexual assault response services

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) 604-987-8138 | www.nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Community resources and lending library ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parent Education Workshops ■ Circle of Care support to caregivers ■ Vancouver Coastal Health - Parent/Infant & Breastfeeding Support Drop In ■ Family Playgroup 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

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Community Resources & Services cont. North Shore Crisis Services Society

604-987-0366 | www.nscss.net #200-147 West 16th Street, North Vancouver Provides services to women and children fleeing abuse including: ■ 1st Stage Transition House ■ Second Stage Housing Programs ■ Outreach Services ■ Children’s Counselling 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

Parkgate Society

604-983-6350 | www.parkgatesociety.ca 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 “Toddler on my Own” ■ 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 24 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY

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.

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.

Thrive Family Centres

604-986-9311 | www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver Free services for parents and caregivers with children birth to 6 years old. Two locations: Maplewood 399 Seymour River Place, North Van, and West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Van. ■ Thrive family drop-in ■ Parent support & education groups ■ One to one parent support counselling ■ Parent-child mother goose ■ Breastfeeding/postpartum support group ■ Pancakes & play – Dads and male caregivers Sunday dropin group ■ Toy & clothing exchange ■ Community food cupboard


Community Resources & Services cont. 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

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.

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 Sisters of BC of the Lower Mainland 604-873-4525 | www.bigsisters.bc.ca 34 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Big Sisters Mentoring Program & Study Buddy Program ■

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 Strengthening communities by connecting people with the help they need. Free, confidential, 150+ languages. ■ Dial 2-1-1 for information about government, social, and community services. Help Starts Here. ■ Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service: 604-660-9382 or 1-800-663-1441 ■ Gambling Support Line BC: 1-888-795-6111 ■ VictimLink BC: 1-800-563-0808 ■ Youth Against Violence Line: 1-800-680-4264

Parent Hope Counselling Program

604-926-5496 | www.livingsystems.ca info@livingsystems.ca Living Systems Counselling #209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver We offer a structured Parent Hope Counselling Program for parents who have a child or youth who is struggling with mental health issues and or behavioral issues. We also offer individual, couple a family counselling for a wide variety of mental health and relationship issues. Our therapists utilize a Bowen Family Systems approach to therapy. We have a sliding fee scale that ranges from $15-$150 depending on household income, number of dependents and current circumstances.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

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

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Community Resources & Services cont. 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. 26 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY


Children Requiring Extra Support

Recreation Resources

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 and Youth Counselling

604-988-5281 | www.familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Supports children and youth struggling with mental health issues that are getting in the way of school, friends, family and life. Specialized counselling also available 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.

North Shore ConneXions Society

604-984-9321 | www.nsconnexions.org info@nsconnexions.org 1070 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver Advocates and develops community-based services for families that require extra support to meet the unique needs of children living with disabilities or 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 is available on their website at nsdrc.org.

Infant Development Program

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.

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.

North Shore Pediatric Resource Team

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. NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 27


Children Requiring Extra Support cont. ■

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 Impact North Shore

604-988-2931 | www.impactnorthshore.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 Impact North Shore 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/ Impact North Shore 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver West Vancouver School District/ Impact North Shore 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. 28 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY


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 | http://squamish.net Squamish Nation, Ayas Men Men Child & Family 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Es7a7tsiwen (Prenatal) Registered program delivered weekly via ZOOM with Community Health Nurse and Infant Development Facilitator ■ Skakel (Parent/Infant) program and S7ixwalh (Parent/ Toddler) program delivered in-person Monday to Thursday with COVID safety protocols in place

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) ■ Aboriginal Head Start Program ■ Aboriginal Infant Development Program ■ Weekly Parent Group

• piano • violin • viola • cello • guitar • ukulele • voice • flute • clarinet • saxophone • theory • music history

REGISTER NOW 604-925-3403 • admin@nsma.ca www.nsma.ca St. David’s United Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 29


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.

CityScape Community ArtSpace

604-988-6844 | www.northvanarts.ca Located in the Shipyards District of Lower Lonsdale, this contemporary, free, public art gallery exhibits local, regional, and international artists. This space was built for the community and all shows are group based and themed, to inspire reflection and conversation. Visit today to explore a diverse range of media including, paintings, textile, photography, printmaking, sculptures and more.

NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE PROGRAMS at North Shore Neighbourhood House and John Braithwaite Community Centre

KIDS RECREATION & SUMMER PROGRAMS Sign up for sports, music, art & more! See our program guide for details.

PARENT EDUCATION SERIES

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.

Maplewood Farm

And there’s more:

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 a.m. to 4 p.m..

CHILD CARE SERVICES

Mount Seymour

Drop in Playgroups and Parent Education Series Contact 604-987-8138 frahimi@nsnh.bc.ca

Four child care centers for 5 years of age and under plus nine after school care programs at various North Shore locations. For more information visit our website www.nsnh.bc.ca 30 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY

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


Recreation Resources cont. North Shore Culture Compass

604-988-6844 | www.northshoreculturecompass.ca North Shore Culture Compass is a free online map that visualizes the rich cultural offerings of the North Shore. An accessible navigational tool featuring key information about points of interest, the Culture Compass encourages local residents and tourists alike to connect with the arts heritage and stories of the North Shore. From dance studios to hiking trails, from festivals & events to day camps, the map is a resource for families to keep busy and learn about local culture.

The Polygon Gallery

604-986-1351 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver Admission is by donation thanks to BMO Financial Group. Exhibition tours, talks, and outreach programs are also offered by donation.

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.

Lighthouse Park

Marine Drive, at the end of Beacon Lane, West Vancouver ■ Nature trails, ecology centre, lighthouse tours

Lynn Canyon Park

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, and washrooms are available.

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

604-432-6200 | www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks Trail Info Line: 604-985-1690 North Vancouver Hiking trails in beautiful wilderness setting. The picnic area, BC Mills House and washrooms at the park entrance are

wheelchair accessible. However, trails are subject to use and weathering which may degrade them. As with all North Shore wilderness areas, keep your children close and safe near the rivers and in the forest where there may be animals.

Maplewood Flats

2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver ■ Nature tours, walking trails

PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS There are many parks and playgrounds on the North Shore. To find complete listings, check the websites of listed municipalities for all locations.

City of North Vancouver

604-983-7334 | www.cnv.org

District of North Vancouver 604-990-3800 | www.dnv.org

District of West Vancouver

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.

Seymour Demonstration Forest

Top of Lillooet Road, North Vancouver ■ Hiking trails (stroller friendly), cycling/in-line skating, picnic area, Seymour Fish Hatchery, Rice Lake. NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 31


Recreation Resources cont. 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 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.

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.

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 Ron Andrews Centre: 604-987-7529 931 Lytton Street

COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRES

Seylynn Centre: 604-987-7529 625 Mountain Highway

NORTH VANCOUVER

WEST VANCOUVER

Delbrook Community Recreation Centre: 604-987-7529 851 West Queens Road

Gleneagles Community Centre: 604-921-2100 6262 Marine Drive

North Vancouver Tennis Centre: 604-983-6483 280 Lloyd Avenue

West Vancouver Aquatic Centre: 604-925-7210 2121 Marine Drive

Harry Jerome Centre: 604-987-7529 123 East 23rd Street

West Vancouver Arena: 604-925-7250 786 22nd Street

Ice Sports North Shore: 604-924-0828 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway

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!

Keep me secure

What I need

Help me learn

If infants, toddlers and preschoolers could tell you what they need, here is what they might say:

Talk, sing, and play with me. Read to me. Stimulate me with sights, smells, tastes, and sounds.

Keep me safe

Help me adjust

Know where I am and who I am with. Teach me who to go to when I need help.

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.

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)

CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAMS, NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY RESOURCES 604-985-7138 | www.nscr.ca 201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

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 are needed Opportunities for independence are important

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ARE IMPORTANT FOR PRE-TEENS!

School-age children, particularly pre-teens, can benefit from engagement in after-school activities such as sports, music, dance, theatre, cooking, and arts and crafts. Benefits include: ■ Enriched and broadened life experiences ■ Development of “non-academic” skills ■ New friendships ■ Reduced “screen time” away from TV and computers ■ Opportunities to connect with positive, mentoring adults in the community. NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 33


Help Your Child Succeed STEPS FOR HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT INFANT - BIRTH TO 12 MONTHS Safety - Always put your baby to sleep on his back. This

reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Use a Canadian Standards-approved car safety seat (infant or convertible) in the rear-facing position every time you travel in a vehicle. Security - You cannot spoil your baby. Pick her up when she cries. Find different ways to soothe her such as feeding, cuddling, rocking, and walking with her. Hold your baby as often as possible, newborns really love being held skin to skin especially when you are feeding him. Health - Breast-feed your baby if you can. Take your baby for regular checkups and make sure he gets the immunizations he needs. Learning - Talk to your baby. Point out familiar objects and name them. Read simple picture books and nursery rhymes to your baby. It is never too early to start. Adjusting - Respect your baby’s personality and feelings. Each of us responds to people and situations in a unique way. Introduce your baby to grandparents, caregivers and others. This will help him learn how to get along with people later in life.

TODDLER - 1 TO 3 YEARS Safety - Childproof your house. Cover electrical outlets.

Remove dangerous objects. Keep medicines out of reach. Provide safe opportunities for your child to climb, swing, slide and run. Security - Tell your child you like the way she is and the things she does. Hug your child when he is angry or frustrated. Health - Offer drinks from a cup only by 1 year of age. Offer water in between meals when your child is thirsty. Take your child for his/her first dental check by 1 year of age. Brush your child’s teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Keep your home and car smoke-free. Make sure your child wears a hat and sun-block when she plays outside in the sun. Learning - Sing, talk, listen and read to your toddler every day. Enjoy counting and rhyming games together. Adjusting - Develop unrushed routines for eating, going out, playing, and sleeping. Help your child understand his feelings. For example, say, “I see that you are angry because you don’t want to go. We will come back later.”

PRESCHOOLER - 3 TO 5 YEARS Safety - Watch your child at all times when she is around

water. Enforce safety rules in driveways, parking lots, and around traffic. Make sure he always wears a helmet when riding a bike. Security - When your child misbehaves, help her calm down. Show her that you love her but don’t accept the behaviour. Hang his artwork on the wall. Tell him you like his dancing and singing. 34 NORTH SHORE 2022 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY

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.

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.


Help Your Child Succeed cont. ■

Playing with sounds and letters Practice identifying letters and numbers in your 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!

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.

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.

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.northvancouver.com

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Business & Services Index A Animal Welfare Shelter

30

Dental Services for Children

Artists for Kids

22

District of North Vancouver Parks

31

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC

25

District of West Vancouver Parks

31

District of West Vancouver: Parks & Community Services

32

Audiology - Hearing Clinic

6

B bc211 (211 British Columbia Services Society)

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

6

25

E Early Intervention Physiotherapy

7

11, 12, 29

Environmental Health Inspection

6

F Family Planning Resources

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Resource Library

12

BC Association of Family Resource Programs

25

Family Preservation and Reunification

BC Centre for Ability, North Shore

27

Family Services of the North Shore

BC Children’s Hospital

5

BC Council for Families

25

BC Drug and Poison Information Centre

5

8 18 9, 15, 17, 23, 24, 27, 35

Family Support Services

5, 15, 23

First Nation Resources

29

Food Banks

10

G Gleneagles Community Centre

BC Food Security Gateway

10

BC Healthy Kids Program

25

Grouse Mountain

30

BC Poison Control Centre (Local)

5

H Harry Jerome Centre

32

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

25

Harvest Project

Big Sisters of BC of the Lower Mainland

25

Health Centre Locations

Bowen Island

30

HealthLink BC

5, 6

15, 19, 23

Hearing Clinic

6, 27

Bowen Island Family Place Bowen Island Food Bank Bowen Island Community Recreation

10 32

22, 32

10 8

Hollyburn Family Services

15, 23, 27

I Ice Sports North Shore

32

Bowen Island Public Library

12, 19

Bowen Island Youth Centre

22

Impact North Shore

Bridgman Park

31

Independent Schools

14

Infant Development Program

27

Internet Resources

35

C Canadian Mental Health Association

Capilano Community Services Society

9 22

Immunization Information

7 13, 16, 17, 20, 28

Capilano River Regional Park & Salmon Hatchery

31

J John Braithwaite Community Centre

Capilano University Library

12

K Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre

32

Catholic Independent Schools

14

L Lighthouse Park

31

Central Community Health Centre Child Abuse Reporting Child and Youth Mental Health

7, 8, 27

7, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 32

Lions Gate Hospital

5, 8, 9

5

Living Systems - Parent Hope Counselling Program

25

9

Lonsdale Quay

30

Circles in Schools

24

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

30

City of North Vancouver Parks

31

Lynn Canyon Park

31

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

31

Community Licensing

6

Community Resource Libraries

12

Lynn Valley Centre

32

Conseil Scolaire Francophone

14

M Maplewood Farm

30

Crime Stoppers

5

Maplewood Flats

31

30

Memorial Centre

32

30

Mental Health Services for Children

Deep Cove Village

30

Mickey McDougall Centre

Delbrook Community Recreation Centre

32

Ministry of Children & Family Development

Cypress Mountain D Deep Cove Cultural Centre

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Business & Services Index cont. Mother Bear Child Development Program

18

Mount Seymour

30

N North Shore Child Care Resource & Referral Program 11, 12, 15, 20, 22

North Shore Children’s Hearing Clinic

27

Public Schools

12

Q Quest Food Exchange

10

R Ron Andrews Centre

32

S Salvation Army Family Resources

24

North Shore Community Resources 3, 11, 12, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 33, 35

School Age Child Care Association of BC

18

North Shore ConneXions Society

27

School Site After School Programs

22

North Shore Crisis Services Society

24

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

North Shore Culture Compass

31

Sex Sense Line

8

North Shore Disability Resource Centre

27

Seylynn Centre

32

North Shore Emergency Social Services

5

Seymour Demonstration Forest

31

North Shore Intake & Family Services

5, 26

Shewaynewas Family Program

North Shore Neighbourhood House 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 32

Speech/Language Services

North Shore Pediatric Resource Team

StrongStart Programs

6, 27

North Shore Supported Child Development Program

11, 27

13, 17, 28

19, 29 8, 27

Stanley Park, Vancouver

32 13, 20, 21, 24, 34

T The After School Club (Bowen Island Family Place)

North Van Arts

22

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society

North Vancouver City Library

12

The Polygon Gallery

North Vancouver District Public Library

12

Thrive Family Centres

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission

22, 32

Tobacco Reduction

North Vancouver School District #44

12, 13

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Child & Family Centre

22 12, 24 31 15, 19, 24 8 18, 29

North Vancouver Tennis Centre

32

24-Hour Crisis Line

5

Norvan Boys & Girls Club

22

24-Hour Women’s Support Line

5

Nursing Support Services

6

Nutritionists

6

Multicultural Family Support Services

8

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)

O Options for Sexual Health: Sexual Health Clinic

P Parent Child Mother Goose Programs (PCMG) 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25

Parent Community Developers

16, 17, 18, 20, 23

V Vancouver & Lower Mainland

Vancouver Coastal Region CCRRs Vision Screening W Well Baby Drop-In Clinics

26, 28 6-11, 27 11 8 8

Parent Support Services Society of BC

26

Park & Tilford Gardens

31

West Community Health Centre

8

7, 19, 20, 22, 32

West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

32

Parkgate Community Centre Parkgate Community Health Centre Parkgate Community Services Society Physiotherapy Postpartum Support

8

West Vancouver Arena West Vancouver Child & Family Hub

18, 25

7

West Vancouver Community Centre

7, 15, 19, 22, 24, 32

8, 15, 19, 24

West Vancouver Community Services

22 12

Pre-teen Drop-In Programs

22

West Vancouver Memorial Library

Preschool Speech/Language Services

27

West Vancouver School District #45

Properties Family Hub Society

32

18, 20, 22

18, 24

Whytecliff Park

13, 28 32

PROUD2BE Parenting Gender Diverse Youth

17

Y YMCA of Vancouver

26

Provincial Child Care Resource & Referral Programs

11

YWCA of Vancouver

26

Provincial Help Lines (211)

25

Young Parents Program

18

Public Health Nursing Public Library Early Literacy Services

7 19

Young Pregnancy & Young Parents Program

8

Youth Eating Disorders Program

8

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Notes

Advertiser Index 2

North Shore Music Academy

29

Capilano Community Services Society

21

North Shore Music Together

13

École André-Piolat

14

North Shore Neighbourhood House

30

Family Services North Shore

39

North Van Arts

18

Impact North Shore

16

North Vancouver City Library

13

Lakes, Whyte LLP

17

North Vancouver District Public Library

16 21

Bowinn Ma, MLA (North Vancouver-Lonsdale)

Lynn Valley Optometry

7

Ratcliff LLP

Lynn Valley Physiotherapy

9

Susie Chant, MLA (North Vancouver-Seymour)

Madrona Independent School

4

Thrifty Foods

North Shore Crisis Services Society

10

North Shore Law

39

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Zen Maker Lab

2 40 5


Family Services of the North Shore We support children and families through every age and stage of life. • Free family drop-in for parents and caregivers with children 0-6 years through Thrive Family Centres at Maplewood and West Vancouver Community Centre. • Counselling for children, youth and families for a wide range of issues. Free or cost based on income. • Parenting support, tools and strategies through groups in several languages (English, Mandarin, Chinese, Farsi). • LGBTQ2S+ groups and support for children, youth, and their parents through PROUD2BE program. • Eating disorders prevention resources for children, youth and parents through Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness Program.

For details, visit familyservices.bc.ca, or call 604-988-5281

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