Children & Family Directory YOUR NORTH SHORE RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 0-12
Child Care • Fun Places • immunization • libraries • Parks • Playgroups • recreation/Family Centres • Schools • Special Needs
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Children & Family Directory 2017 Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
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.
federally funded program that provides support for low income, aboriginal and immigrant families with young children. ■ Provides Parent Community Developers that are parents in the community to work with other parents, and provide access to important community resources.
North Shore Community resources: Child and Family Programs 604-985-7138 Web: nscr.bc.ca
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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Children & Family Directory 2017 is produced by the North Shore News in partnership with North Shore Community Resources.
North Shore early Years Planning table ■ Provides
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coordination and planning support for the effective distribution of programs and services to meet the needs of families with young children in a diverse community. ■ Increases community awareness of the developmental needs and resources for young children.
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Table of Contents emergency Numbers
Children requiring extra Support
health resources Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore Health Services (VCH) Nutrition Resources Nursing Services Specialized Support Services Health Centres Family Planning Resources Hospital Information Mental Health Services Food Banks
First Nations resources
6 6 6 7 8 9 9 9 10
recreation resources Fun Places Parks and Playgrounds Community Recreation Services Community Recreation Centres
30 30 31 32 32
the First Six Years
Child Care resources
education resources North Shore Public Libraries Community Resource Libraries Schools
12 12 12 12
help Your Child Succeed Steps for Healthy Child Development Taking Care of You Getting Ready for Kindergarten
33 33 34 34
middle Years 6-9 Years 10-12 Years (Pre-Teen)
35 35 35
Parent education & Support
Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs Early Literacy Public Library Early Literacy Services Family Resource Programs Drop-in Playgroups (0-5 years)
17 17 17 17 18
Business & Services index
School-Age Programs School Site After-School Programs Pre-teen Drop-in Programs After-School/Summer Programs
20 20 21 21
Community resources & Services Resources on the North Shore Resources in the Lower Mainland
21 21 23
The Table of Contents highlights the general categories of information in your 2017 Children & Family directory. For an alphabetical list of services and resources available to North Shore families, please refer to the iNdeX on page 36. To find the locations of the places listed in this directory, go to: Yahoo Maps: http://maps.yahoo.com Google Maps: http://maps.google.ca
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Emergency Numbers reporting Child Abuse Helpline for Children
(no area code required)
or in BC
North Shore intake & Family Services
Family Support Services Confidential Referral Line healthlink BC
BC drug and Poison information Centre
Speak with a health nurse, pharmacist, or dietitian. Operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for any question or concern.
24 hour Crisis line
lions Gate hospital
BC Children’s hospital
North Shore Crisis Services Society
BC Poison Control Centre (local)
North Shore emergency Social Services
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Health Resources Vancouver Coastal health (VCh) North Shore Services 604-983-6700 | vch.ca Vancouver Coastal Health is dedicated to supporting optimum health for mothers, babies, children, and youth in our community. This is achieved through the delivery of a comprehensive range of services and support for families, including maternity, special care nursery and pediatric services based at Lions Gate Hospital, as well as a variety of community-based programs and services. Public Health Nurses are available on-call to answer questions related to health issues. Regardless of whether clients are at home, in school or in the hospital, a coordinated team of health professionals will meet their health needs. Services focus on health promotion, disease and injury prevention, as well as early identification of and support for children and youth with developmental and chronic health issues. Staff work together with families, community agencies, recreation and municipal departments to achieve the goal of healthy children and youth living and growing in a healthy community.
Audiology â€“ hearing Clinic
604-983-6704 Provides services to North and West Vancouver residents who are 0-19 years of age (inclusive) and to developmentally delayed adults who cannot be tested with conventional methods. Services may include: full hearing assessment, universal hearing screening for newborns and kindergarten children, hearing aid and assistive listening device assessment, counseling, hearing aid sales for children 0-19 years of age and for developmentally delayed adults, fitting and follow-up services, client and family education and consultation with other service providers.
healthlinkBC Find Services and resources directory
604-215-5136 | healthlinkbc.ca/find The HealthLinkBC Find Services and Resources Directory is a resource that provides detailed information about how, and where, to find health services in B.C. We list publicly-funded health, mental health, and addiction treatment programs accessible to British Columbians, including the organizations providing the programs and the sites where they are offered.
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Community licensing 604-983-6700 Provides the licensing and monitoring of child and adult facilities on the North Shore. These facilities provide daycare, group home residential care for youth and adults with special needs and homes for seniors.
dental Services for Children
604-904-6200 Provides oral screenings, assessments and referrals for children under 5 years of age. Oral health prevention services are offered to parents and their young children at selected drop-in groups in the community. An oral health education kit containing lesson plans and handouts is available to loan to preschools upon request.
environmental health inspection
604-983-6700 Inspections and licensing of food premises, public swimming pools, and personal service establishments. Inspects and enforces regulations relating to environmental pollution and contamination.
Nutrition VCh Public health dietitians
604-904-6450 Provide resources and consultation to community programs for children 0-5 and school age children.
Nutritional Counselling 604-984-5752 West Van Community Health Centre offers free individual nutritional counselling with a Registered Dietitian for normal nutrition (e.g. infant and child feeding) and therapeutic diets (e.g., allergies, gastrointestinal problems). Email: email@example.com.
healthlink BC Offer free telephone consultations with a Registered Dietitian. Translation services are available. Call 811 or visit http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating
North Shore Pediatric resource team 604-904-6200 ext. 4162 Nursing Support Services Includes coordination and consultation; Assessment to determine if Delegated or Direct Nursing Care is required; Development of Individualized Care Plans (ICP); Teaching/training and delegation for alternate care givers; Facilitation of the At Home Program; Counseling and Referral; Monitoring and Evaluation.
Health Resources cont. Physiotherapy – early intervention Physiotherapy services for children 0-5 years. Consultation is provided in multiple community settings: home, daycare, preschool, kindergarten, Infant Development Program, Supported Child Development Program. Physiotherapy for School Aged Children Physiotherapy serves School-Aged Children with Special Needs – from Kindergarten through transitioning into Adult Services at age 19 – to achieve optimal independence and to assist them in meeting their educational goals. The physiotherapist works with family members, teachers and educational assistants to support the student’s participation, inclusion and access to learning opportunities with the goal of achieving the student’s highest level of independent functioning. Services are provided in home, school, child-care and community settings.
Public health Nursing
604-983-6700 Provides services including prenatal information, home visits to newborns, immunizations, parent and infant classes, young moms groups, breastfeeding drop-ins, lactation consultant clinics, outreach to preschool and child care sites, support and resources for school health www.vch.ca/schoolhealth/ ns, and a general on-call service. On call operates 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at 604-983-6700. After hours and weekends, clients can call HealthLink BC at 811.
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
604-983-6700 Provides support for new moms who are feeling tired, anxious, sad, teary or overwhelmed. Call the Public Health Nurse on call Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also call the 24-hour crisis line at 604-872-3311.
Well Baby drop-in Clinics
604-983-6700 For dates and times of drop-in clinics go to vch.ca or call and ask for the On-Call Nurse for Early Years Team. Vancouver Coastal Health offers drop-in clinics in several locations across the North Shore. Program provides an opportunity to consult with a public health nurse, get breastfeeding support, weigh your baby and access other health information. A lactation consultant is available by appointment, call 604-983-6863. Call for more information and times.
Young Parent Program
604-983-6700 John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Mothers 24 years of age and under and their children. Drop in: Wednesday 12:45 – 2:30 pm
Helping Children and Families Access Provincial Government Services I enjoy meeting with constituents to discuss issues of concern and help them access the many Provincial Government Services available, such as the Medical Services Plan (MSP), BC Housing Registry and many others. Visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/mcf/ for access to resources for children and families in our community.
Jane Thornthwaite MLA North Vancouver-Seymour
217-1233 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver Phone: 604-983-9852 • www.janethornthwaitemla.bc.ca
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Health Resources cont. Speech/language Services 0-5 years
604-983-6760 Services are delivered at the Central and West Community Health Centers. Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate how well a child understands and uses language, and if there is any articulation, voice, or stuttering problem. They work with the parents and care givers to help the child overcome their communication disorders. Consultation might also be provided in community settings such as home, daycare, and preschool. Schoolâ€“age children have service provided through the public school system.
604-983-6700 Tobacco resource centre and co-ordination of tobacco initiatives for Vancouver Coastal-North Shore service delivery area.
604-983-6700 This service promotes the prevention of permanent vision loss and the detection of eye problems.
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Currently all kindergarten age children are screened in the schools, however the recommended age for vision screening is three years old.
Youth eating disorders Program
604-983-6847 Provides services to youth aged 11-18 who are struggling with disordered eating/eating disordered symptoms and live in the North Shore, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky regions. Treatment includes counseling, medical monitoring and nutritional support.
heAlth CeNtre loCAtioNS Central Community health Centre
604-983-6700 5th Floor, 132 Esplanade, North Vancouver
Parkgate Community health Centre
604-904-6450 2nd Floor, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver
Health Resources cont. West Community health Centre
lions Gate hospital Pediatric Unit
604-904-6200 1st Floor, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
options for Sexual health: Sexual health Clinic
604-731-4252 | optionsforsexualhealth.org Parkgate Community Health Centre 3625 Banff Court -- 2nd Floor North Vancouver Opt clinics provide sexual and reproductive health services for all genders, all orientations and all ages. Opt clinicians are committed to providing you with confidential, nonjudgmental, 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.
Sex Sense line
1-800-739-7367 | 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.
604-988-3131 The Pediatric Unit at Lions Gate Hospital has 10 beds and a health care team trained to meet the special needs of children and families. A weekly pediatric asthma clinic is held on the unit by referral only. Parents are important members of the care team and are encouraged to participate directly in the development of a care plan for their child. As well, parents are given the option to “room-in” with their child to help alleviate anxiety in small children. A parent lounge in the unit has kitchen facilities. A playroom and teen lounge are available for play therapy and patient recreation. Videos and computer games are also available to distract children from pain and anxiety.
lions Gate hospital Pre-Admission Clinic
604-988-3131 Children requiring surgery will visit the Pre-Admission Clinic with a parent/guardian prior to the scheduled operation. This visit will provide an opportunity for the child to meet with members of the care team, complete required tests and other procedures, and learn more about what to expect when they come to the hospital. Parents/guardians will also learn what to expect during and after surgery and the role they will play in their child’s treatment and recovery process.
meNtAl heAlth SerViCeS For ChildreN North Shore infant, Child and Youth mental health: Vancouver Coastal health Authority and ministry of Children and Family development (mCFd) MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) 301–224 W Esplanade, North Vancouver 604-904-4300 (press 1) 604-983-6719
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Health Resources cont. 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 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:30 pm. #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver *No appointments required
Child and Adolescent Program (North Shore VCh) 604-983-6719
Canadian mental health Association (CmhA) North and West Vancouver Branch 604-987-6959 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 recoveryfocused 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.
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Food BANKS harvest Project
604-983-9488 1073 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver In emergency circumstances, enough food is provided for each family member for one month.
North Shore Neighbourhood house
604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver A venue for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society each Wednesday of the month to provide food packages to those in need. The Food Bank is open from 9:00 am – 11:30 am and can be accessed from our ground level south entrance at 225 East 2nd Street. A nutritious bowl of hot soup is also available to visitors to the food bank site, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.
BC Food Security Gateway
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 foodsecure communities.
Bowen island Food Bank
604-947-9626 | bowenchildrenscentre.ca 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island Located at The Little Red Church, 1122 Miller Road, Bowen Island, (604) 813-8550. Food provided in small quantities - available any time.
Quest Food exchange
604-566-0110 | questoutreach.org 167 East 1st Street, North Vancouver (entrance from Lolo Lane) Quest Food Exchange is a Not-ForProfit Grocery Market offering a variety of fresh, frozen, and nonperishables at a significantly reduced cost. Low-income individuals or family members can approach their caseworker, school counsellor, medical clinic, community resource, or one of Quest’s partnered agencies to get a Client Referral Form. Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:15 pm; closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Child Care Resources BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
604-913-9128 | acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ Support, training and resources to early childhood programs serving Aboriginal families and children. ■ Aboriginal early childhood development programs. ■ Community members are welcome to come and visit the resource library or browse the on-line catalogue. ■ Information regarding training is also available on the website.
North Shore Child Care resource & referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.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 child care subsidy forms. ■ Provides extensive child care lending library of books, videos, toys and equipment. ■ Provides information for parents on choosing and finding quality child care.
Provincial Child Care resource & referral Programs
1-888-338-6622 | ccrr.bc.ca Provides information about child care, family support services and locations of Child Care Resource and Referral Programs in BC.
Vancouver Coastal region CCrrs
childcareresource.ca There are six CCRR programs in the Vancouver Coastal Region: North Shore, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast, Richmond, Vancouver, Tri-Cities/Burnaby. Provides information about child care, family support services and locations of Child Care Resource and Referral Programs in the Vancouver Coastal region.
Vancouver Coastal health (VCh) Community Care Facilities licensing
604-983-6787 Provides the licensing and monitoring of child care facilities on the North Shore.
North Shore Supported Child development Program
604-998-0131 | nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 309 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Provides services for children and their families from birth to 12 years of age who require additional support in their child care setting. Also provides support for the children of parents who are working or attending school and for children who require extra support and are enrolled in a preschool.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Group Booking and Birthday Parties available
SEYMOUR CREEK GOLF CENTRE www.seymourcreekgolf.com | (604) 987-7767 315 Seymour Boulevard. N. Van., Just east of highway #1 exit #22 off Mt. Seymour Pkwy., Located just behind Superstore
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Education Resources North Shore PUBliC liBrArieS ■ ■
All public library services are free. All public libraries have large collections of books and audio-visual materials for children and youth of all ages. All public libraries provide extensive programming for children of all ages, including story times and special events. Most public libraries offer programming to support parents’ education. Check the websites for current information about programming and lending resources.
Bowen island Public library
604-947-9788 | bowenlibrary.ca 430 Bowen Trunk Road, Bowen Island
North Vancouver City library
604-998-3450 | nvcl.ca 120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver (Across the plaza from North Vancouver City Hall)
North Vancouver district Public library
604-990-5800 | nvdpl.ca North Vancouver District Public Library has three locations: ■ 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 | westvanlibrary.ca 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
CommUNitY reSoUrCe liBrArieS BC Aboriginal Child Care Society resource library 604-913-9128 | acc-society.bc.ca #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ The resource library is open to the public. ■ 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.
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Capilano University library
604-984-4944 | 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 resource library
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Extensive child care library of books, videos & toys.
the North Shore restorative Justice Society 604-969-7462 | www.nsrj.ca 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
The youth initiative of the Community Dialogue Series at North Shore Restorative Justice is the Speak Out Series. These are dialogue events for youth and youth supporters. These events use circle process and experiential activities and games to explore and unpack the topics at hand. The topics of each event are ideas presented to us by the community, and youth themselves. Therefore, if you have an idea for a Speak out Series, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBliC SChoolS North Vancouver School district #44
604-903-3444 | sd44.ca 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver ■ The North Vancouver School District has 16,085 students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12. ■ Programs include French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, numerous Athletic and Art Academies, Career Education, Band & Strings, Outdoor School, Distributed Learning, Strong Start, Summer Learning, and many more recognized programs. ■ New students to the district should be registered 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 | 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
Education Resources cont.
Education Resources cont.
Immersion, Ignite Your Passion, International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP & Diploma, Montessori, 12 Premier Academies in various academic, artistic and athletic disciplines, Super Achievers and YELL. New students apply online followed by registration at school office. 604-981-1000 for more information.
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.
West Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver
StrongStart Programs (ministry of education)
A free drop-in program for pre-school children and their parents/caregivers are located in several public schools in North and West Vancouver.
Services are available in many languages. You can contact SWIS directly, or through the ELL teacher or counsellor at your school.
Catholic independent Schools
North Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver
Conseil Scolaire Francophone
604-683-9331 | isabc.ca
604-214-2600 | csf.bc.ca
independent School Association of BC 604-677-6032
ELEMENTARY CHOICE PROGRAMS Band and Strings
Band – all elementary schools Strings – Braemar, Larson, Canyon Heights, Montroyal, Cleveland, Ross Road, Dorothy Lynas, Seymour Heights, Highlands
There are a lot of reasons why music is important! @NVSD44 has amazing Band & Strings program!
#FrenchImmersion provides life skills for success
Artists for Kids
Fine arts programs for all ages
s Student creativity blossom @gsmithgallery
International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) Capilano Elementary Queen Mary Elementary
#IBPYP focuses on developing the whole child as an inquirer – learning for life
Braemar, Cleveland, Dorothy Lynas, Larson, Ross Road, Sherwood Park Late French Immersion (Grade 6 entry) – Boundary, Braemar
A free, drop-in, play-based early learning program for preschoolaged children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Boundary, Eastview, Lynnmour, Montroyal, Norgate, Seymour Heights, Westview
Cheakamus Centre All schools
@CheakamusCentre = outdoor environmenta l learning #OutdoorSchool
Offer many valued services, including before and after school supervision; after school, spring break and summer camps, and various community programs. Norgate, Queen Mary
For more information on programs visit www.sd44.ca
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Parent Education & Support Bowen island Family Place
604-947-9626 | 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 17 for a full list of services we provide.
i hope family centre (Family Services of the North Shore)
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca Maplewood House (adjacent to Maplewood Farm) 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604-986-9311 Lonsdale Quay Market, 2nd floor Programs for parents, caregivers, grandparents and children birth to six years old. ■ Child/family drop in ■ Breast feeding and postpartum support ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Takaya First Nations Program ■ Toy and children’s clothing exchange ■ Parenting workshops and sessions ■ Counselling services
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 | hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Family support service assists families with children under the age of 19 years, to improve communication, manage conflict, and cope with stress. ■ Parenting strategies and understanding how to adapt as children grow and develop ■ Service is provided in the client home ■ Parenting education groups and workshops ■ Linkage to other community services
Family resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood house) 604-983-6471 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Grandparent Connections ■ Daddy & Me Playgroup Drop In ■ Lo Lo Family Playgroup Drop In ■ Parent Education Workshops ■ Parent Infant Drop In ■ Young Parent Drop In
North Shore Child Care resource & referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ 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 Provider training
Connecting Community. Sharing Knowledge. Inspiring Stories.
Children’s Books DVDs Storytimes Reading Clubs Literacy activities & more! Lynn Valley Library
1277 Lynn Valley Rd. 604-984-0286
Parkgate Library 3675 Banff Crt. 604-929-3727
3045 Highland Blvd. 604-987-4471
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Parent Education & Support cont. Parent Community developers (North Shore Neighbourhood house) 604-983-6471 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca
John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC) 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver PCD’s provide community resources, host special events and support families with children 6 years of age and under. The Community Action Program for Children is funded by Public Health Agency of Canada.
North Shore multicultural Society (NSmS)
604-988-2931 | nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ Let’s Learn Together (0-5 in Farsi, Mandarin) ■ Immigrant Parents as Literacy Partners (IPALS), (ages 3-5 in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ Middle Years (ages 7-12, in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ Parenting Teens (in Farsi, Mandarin and Korean) ■ School-Age Parenting Programs ■ Women’s English Skills & Support (WESS)
North Shore Neighbourhood house 604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver ■ Young Parent Program ■ Parent Community Developers (CAPC)
open door drop-in for Single moms
604-985-1122 ext. 28 | singlemomsopendoor.com Hillside Church, 870 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Family Support Program
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca Family Services of the North Shore #203–1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver A free program for parents to provide resources (such as referrals to daycare, legal services, or mental health) as well as parenting tips, tools, and strategies.
Providing legal services including: • Wills & Estates • Estate Planning • Real Estate
• Business & Commercial Law • Civil Litigation • Personal Injury & ICBC
Services offered in Italiano, 中文, 200 – 879 Marine Drive North Vancouver ABOVE SHOPPERS DRUG MART
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Parent Education & Support cont. Parkgate Community Services Society
mother Bear drop-in
Parent Community developers
604-988-0667 So-Sah-Latch Family Centre 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services Department ■ Aboriginal Head Start Family Programs
604-983-6350 | myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ Child and Family Drop-in
604-983-6444 ext. 849 | myparkgate.com Parkgate Community Services Society 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver PCD’s provide community resources, host special events and support families with children 6 years of age and under in the Lynnmour and Seymour neighbourhoods. This Community Action Program for Children is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Properties Family hub Society
604-981-1297 | westvancouverschools.ca/programs/ properties-family-hub 1300 Chartwell Drive (south portable), West Vancouver Community Partners providing a range of programs and services for families living in the British Properties.
School Age Child Care Association of BC
604-709-5661 | saccabc.org Improves the availability of quality, affordable school age child care by providing programs and services to professionals in this field.
So-Sah-latch Family Centre: Squamish Nation
604-985-7826 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Family Program with ECEs, Nurses, Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program, Family Life Skills, Infant Development, Speech Therapy. ■ Prenatal Program ■ Labour & Delivery Program ■ Post-Natal Program
tsleil Waututh Child and Family Centre
604-929-0693 | twnation.ca 3036 Takaya Drive, North Vancouver ■ Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster (HIPPY) ■ Toy Lending Library ■ Headstart Program
Family Preservation and reunification
604-985-2202 | westcoastfamily.org Westcoast Family Centres Society #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver With a referral through MCFD, services available to families are designed to resolve issues that could result in a child being removed from their home. We also help children who have been in and out of the home reconnect with their families. Family Counsellors provide therapeutic and educational interventions and help connect families to the community. Self-referrals can also be made for Family Support Services, providing 8 weeks of outreach. Parent training and education groups also available.
West Vancouver Child and Family hub
604-921-3403 | westvancouverrec.ca 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Community Partners work together to offer programs and services to support families of young children, including free parenting workshops, drop in storytimes and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Wednesday afternoon parent infant drop-ins.
North Shore Neighbourhood House Programs: John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street North Vancouver
KIDS RECREATION & SUMMER PROGRAMS Sign up for sports, music, art & more! See our program guide for details.
PARENT EDUCATION SERIES Practical information sessions for parents of preschoolers.
For information on these or any of our other family programs, contact
…the heart of the community for over 70 yeas
Julie ZahiaAnderson Lazib FamilyResource ResourceCentre Centre Family ResourceCentre Centre 604.982.8315 604-983-6494 Family Family Resource email@example.com 604.982.8315 604.982.8315 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 604-983-6494 604-983-6494 And there’s more: And there’s more: GRANDPARENT CONNECTIONS Supporting grandparents caring for grandchildren under 6on years For information these GRANDPARENT CONNECTIONS Supporting grandparents caring for grandchildren under 6 years FAMILY EVENTS Many events are held throughout the year or any of our other family FAMILY EVENTS Many events are held throughout the year programs, contact Alison Ching RESOURCE Inwith partnership with John Braithwaite Centre, the Family Centre FAMILY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE InCENTRE partnership John Braithwaite Community Centre, Community the Family
604.982.8326 | firstname.lastname@example.org offers many drop-in programs for families with children under 6 years
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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 ■ Family Services of the North Shore: 604-988-5281, ext. 333 - I hope Centre - Public Libraries (North and West Vancouver) ■ John Braithwaite Community Centre: 604-982-8315 ■ North Shore Community Resources: 604-985-7138 ■ Parkgate Community Centre: 604-983-6350
PUBliC liBrArY eArlY literACY SerViCeS ■ ■
City of North Vancouver Library: 604-998-3450 City of North Vancouver Library at JBCC: 604-982-8315
North Vancouver District Public Library (three locations): 604-990-5800 West Vancouver Memorial Library: 604-925-7400 Bowen Island Public Library: 604-947-9788
FAmilY reSoUrCe ProGrAmS Bowen island Family Place
604-947-9626 | 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 bowenislandfamilyplace.ca for program details.
NORTH SHORE CRISIS SERVICES SOCIETY 212—145 East 15th Street, North Vancouver Women’s 24 Hour Support Line: 604-987-3374 Office: 604-987-0366 Website: www.nscss.net
North Shore Crisis Services Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a secure and abuse free environment for women and children The ACE (Adolescent and Children’s Empowerment) Program: • Is open to children or youth who have witnessed or experienced abuse in the home and reside on the North Shore or surrounding areas • Provides assessments, referrals and age appropriate support groups and camps for children and adolescents • Provides individual counselling for children and adolescents • Offers prevention activities for schools • Provides a safe, supportive environment where children and youth can express and explore feeling through art, play and discussion NSCSS additional programs include: SAGE Transition House, HOPE’s Place and SAGE Second Stage Housing, Outreach, Multicultural Outreach, Homeless Prevention Program, and GSC Clothing Program and Thrift Store NSCSS is funded by the Province of BC. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, as well as our individual and group donors.
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Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. droP-iN PlAYGroUPS (0-5 years) Family resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood house) 604-983-6471 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Circle of Care ■ Daddy and Me Playgroup Drop In ■ Grandparent Connections ■ Lending Library ■ Lo Lo Playgroup Drop In ■ Parent Child Mothergoose ■ Storytime ■ Sunshine Song Time
i hope family centre (Family Services of the North Shore)
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca Maplewood House (adjacent to Maplewood Farm) 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604-986-9311 Lonsdale Quay Market, 2nd floor Programs for parents, caregivers, grandparents and children birth to six years old. ■ Family drop-in 6 days/week ■ Toy and clothing exchange ■ Parent education ■ Community resource visits ■ Circle time ■ Outdoor Play ■ Shared snack ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Takaya First Nations Program
North Shore multicultural Society
604-988-2931 | nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ IPALS – Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters – helps immigrant families support their pre-school and kindergarten-aged children’s early literacy development through interactions in English and their first language. ■ Women’s English Skills & Support (WESS) provides a safe place for women to learn English, make friends and get information about services in the community; highlighting support for parenting and child care. ■ Let’s Learn – a program for new immigrant parents and their pre-school age children. Parents gain knowledge of early childhood resources in the community, Canadian resources for families, and children take part in an early learning program.
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mother Bear drop-in (So-Sah-latch Family Centre) 604-988-0667 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver
North Shore Child Care resource and referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver “Circle of Care” and “Mother Goose Inspired” drop-in program for Child Care providers. Call for locations, days and times.
Parkgate Community Services Society 604-983-6350 | myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ Lynnmour Family Drop-In ■ Outdoor, Parkgate, Evening Playgroups ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Monthly Dad’s playgroup
StrongStart Programs StrongStart is a free drop-in program for pre-school children and their parents/caregivers. It is operated under the mandate of the Ministry of Education and held in several public schools on the North Shore (September - June). The program offers a variety of activities for developing early learning skills.
North Vancouver StrongStart Programs: ■
Eastview Elementary School 1801 Mountain Highway, 604-903-3520 Boundary Elementary School 750 East 26th Street, 604-903-3260 Lynnmour Elementary School 800 Forsman Avenue, 604-903-3590
Parent/Caregiver & Child Programs cont. Montroyal Elementary School 5310 Sonora Drive, 604-903-3650 ■ Norgate Community Elementary 1295 Sowden Street, 604-903-3680 ■ Seymour Heights Elementary School 2640 Carnation Street, 604-903-3760 ■ Westview Elementary School 641 West 17th Street, 604-903-3840 For more information contact North Vancouver School District at 604-903-3444, or check the website: www.sd44.ca/Schools/StrongStart ■
West Vancouver StrongStart Programs ■
Hollyburn Elementary School 1329 Duchess Avenue, 604-981-1389 Eagle Harbour Primary School 5515 Marine Drive, 604-981-1387 Chartwell Elementary School 1300 Chartwell Drive, 604-981-1297
For more information contact West Vancouver School District at 604-981-1000 or check their website: westvancouverschools.ca
West Vancouver Family Place (hollyburn Family Services)
604-925-7141 | hollyburn.ca West Vancouver Community Centre 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Interactive play-based program for parents and caregivers with their children newborn-6 years of age, to foster positive parent-child interactions and promote healthy child development. ■ Monday – Friday 9 am - 12 noon. Drop-in fee is $5 per family and snacks are provided.
Montessori Mes Petits Academy (by St. Andrews Park)
Care and Education
(from 30 months to school age) 300 - 1046 St. Georges Ave. North Vancouver, BC, V7L 3H6 Phone: 604-980-1102 email@example.com www.ourpreschool.com North Shore 2017 CHILDREN & FAMILY DIRECTORY 19
School-Age Programs ■
North Shore Child Care resource and referral Program
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca North Shore Community Resources #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Provides information for parents on choosing and finding quality school-age child care on the North Shore. ■ Provides assistance with child care subsidies.
SChool Site AFter-SChool ProGrAmS North Shore Neighbourhood house Kids Club Programs
Mountainside Kids Club supporting Braemar Elementary Westview Elementary
User Pay After-School Site Programs Several schools on the North Shore have arranged for after-school programming through Community Recreation Services. Call to see which schools are involved in these programs. Registration is through Community Recreation Services in both North and West Vancouver.
North Vancouver recreation & Culture Commission
604-987-PlAY (7529) | nvrc.bc.ca
Kids Club - West Vancouver Community Centre 604-925-7270
604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca ■ Capilano Elementary ■ Cleveland Elementary ■ Lynn Valley Elementary ■ Norgate Elementary ■ Ridgeway Elementary
Subsidized Pre-teen After-School Site Programs A partnership between the North and West Vancouver School Districts, North and West Vancouver Community Recreation Services and the Middle Years Planning Table of the North Shore provides subsidized two hour, once per
Hollyburn Sailing Club
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School-Age Programs cont. week after-school recreation programs for pre-teens at a number of North and West Vancouver elementary schools. For current information about participating schools, check at connectforkids.ca, or call 604-985-7138.
Parkgate Community Services Society
the After School Club
604-925-7270 ■ Gleneagles Community Centre ■ West Vancouver Community Centre
604-947-9626 | 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:
Bowen island Youth Centre 604-240-3467 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island
Capilano Community Services Society 604-988-7115 ■ Norgate Community School
North Shore Neighbourhood house 604-987-8138 ■ Lynn Valley Recreation Hall ■ Harry Jerome Recreation Centre ■ John Braithwaite Community Centre
604-983-6350 ■ Parkgate Community Centre
West Vancouver Community Services
AFter-SChool/SUmmer ProGrAmS Summer & Spring Break Camps, After School Art
604-988-6844 | nvartscouncil.ca North Vancouver Community Arts Council 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver The NVCAC offers summer camps, spring break camps and after school art to school aged children at affordable prices. We are a grassroots, social-profit, charitable cultural organization dedicated to maximizing the intrinsic value of the arts in all media. We provide children the opportunity to learn and be inspired by creating art with working artists.
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC - Norvan Club 604-986-3449 | bgcbc.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org 800 Forsman Avenue, North Vancouver Norvan Boys and Girls Club offers after-school drop-in programs Monday – Friday, and Day Camps during Pro-D Days and holiday breaks. Our programs provide a safe space for children and youth, and offer a wide-range of fun activities focusing on skills development and positive relationship building. No child is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Community Resources & Services reSoUrCeS oN the North Shore Family Services of the North Shore
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver An accredited, not for profit community-based agency offering counselling, education and support. ■ Individual, Couple & Family Counselling ■ Child & Youth Counselling ■ Group Counselling ■ Family Support, a free program for parents to provide resources as well as parenting tips, tools, and strategies ■ Parent Education & support programs ■ Jessie’s Legacy Program; education and resources to help prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating.
Family Support Services Confidential referral line
604-987-1411 Available to North Shore families with children under the age of 19 who may be experiencing difficulties resulting from marital breakdown, family conflict or other stresses. Parents, children, blended and kinship family members may all benefit.
hollyburn Family Services
604-987-8211 | hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Support services for families, children, youth and seniors ■ Parenting education programs ■ Individual and family counselling
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Community Resources & Services cont. Family resource Centre (North Shore Neighbourhood house)
604-983-6471 | jbcc.ca | nsnh.bc.ca John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Community Resources and Lending Library ■ Drop In Play Groups (Daddy and Me, Lo Lo) ■ Pacific Post-Partum support group ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Parent Child Mother Goose ■ Parent Education Workshops ■ Circle of Care support to caregivers ■ Grandparent Connections support for grandparents raising grandchildren ■ NVC Library Storytime ■ Vancouver Coastal Health - Parent/Infant & Breastfeeding Support Drop In ■ Vancouver Coastal Health - Young Parent & Baby Drop In
North Shore Community resources
604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca #201-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Child Care Resource & Referral Program ■ Early and Middle Childhood Community Planning Tables ■ “Connect for Kids” (www.connectforkids.ca) ■ WHEELS Family Support Mobile Outreach Program ■ Information North Shore ■ Volunteer North Shore ■ Community Housing Action Committee ■ Legal information and advocacy ■ Seniors’ One Stop information and referral ■ North Shore Caregiver Support Program ■ North Shore Better at Home
North Shore Crisis Services Society
604-987-0366 | nscss.net #212-145 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ Dedicated to promoting a secure and abuse-free environment for women and children. ■ For immediate support call the Women’s 24-Hour Support Line: 604-987-3374
North Shore Neighbourhood house
604-987-8138 | nsnh.bc.ca 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver A multi-service agency providing a broad range of recreational, social support, community development, and information/referral services to children, youth and families in a diverse community.
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Circles in Schools
604-969-7462 | nsrj.ca North Shore Restorative Justice Society 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver Circles in Schools is a strengths-based program that gives our children and youth the skills to transform conflict, heal relationships, and create stronger communities themselves. Trained facilitators lead students through a series of developmentally appropriate activities during weekly circles in the classroom. Topics include identity, diversity, communication, empathy, peer pressure, mediation and conflict-resolution skills. To learn more about this and other programs please contact email@example.com
Parkgate Community Services Society
604-983-6350 | myparkgate.com 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver ■ Breastfeeding Support & Parent/Infant group (VCH) ■ Licensed child care 6 months – 12 years ■ Childminding ■ “Circle of Care” support for caregivers ■ Infant massage classes ■ Parent Community Developers ■ Play groups (Parkgate, Lynnmour) ■ Prenatal classes ■ Parent-Child Mama Duck
Properties Family hub Society
604-981-1297 | westvancouverschools.ca/programs/ properties-family-hub 1300 Chartwell Drive (south portable), West Vancouver A community space on the grounds of Chartwell Elementary School that offers services for families and young children including afternoon pre-school, StrongStart, family drop ins, after school clubs, seniors social clubs and more. Visit our website for more information.
Queen mary, ridgeway and Westview Community development Project (North Shore Neighbourhood house)
604-290-2384 | firstname.lastname@example.org Office located at Queen Mary School 230 West Keith Road, North Vancouver Provides afterschool and summer programs and activities at Queen Mary, Ridgeway and Westview elementary schools. Support to families is also provided through information and referrals. Visit nsnh.bc.ca 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
Community Resources & Services cont. the North Shore restorative Justice Society
reSoUrCeS iN the loWer mAiNlANd
604-969-7462 | www.nsrj.ca 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Association of Neighbourhood houses of BC
The Restorative Response Program
A peaceful approach to crime and conflict that seeks to address the needs of victims, offenders and communities by offering processes that encourage dialogue, reparation and healing. We offer: an opportunity to tell your story, a chance to explain how you have been impacted, conflict resolution and a chance to repair relationships, a better understanding of the incident and its impacts, an opportunity to take responsibility for one’s actions, meaningful outcomes and an opportunity for closure.
West Vancouver Child and Family hub
604-921-3403 | westvancouverrec.ca 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver ■ Child Care: Licensed Child Care, Childminding ■ Early Learning Programs ■ Health and Wellness Services: Parent/Baby Drop Ins, Immunizations ■ Recreation: Children’s Yoga, Swimming, Skating, Gymnastics ■ Family Resource Programs: Family Place, Parent/Caregiver Workshops
Bowen island Family Place
604-947-2717 | bowenislandfamilyplace.ca 650 Carter Road, Bowen Island ■ Parent resources and lending library ■ Parent education workshops ■ Post partum and breast feeding supports ■ Parent and Child Mother Goose ■ With community partners, health referrals and support information for families with children prenatal through 12 years of age.
604-875-9111 | anhbc.org | email@example.com #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 | 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 | bccf.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org Supporting families by providing resources, education and training to strengthen family relationships.
BC healthy Kids Program
1-866-866-0800 | www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/ featured-services/services/healthy-kids-program Provides help for low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear.
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
604-876-2447 ext. 236 | bigbrothersvancouver.com email@example.com #102-1193 Kingsway, Vancouver ■ Programs include the Big Brother and In-School Mentoring. ■ Police Information Check-Vulnerable Sector required.
Year-round lessons, kids programs, adult lessons, horse boarding, training and more. North Shore Equestrian Centre
1301 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver
www.WeCreateRiders.com PROVIDING PRO VIDING AMAZING EQUESTRIAN EQUES TRIAN EXPERIENCES SINCE 1986
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Community Resources & Services cont. free of charge, multilingual (180 languages and dialects), confidential and anonymous. ■ 211 Service across the BC Lower Mainland: call 211 ■ Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral Service: 604-660-9382 or 1-800-663-1441 ■ Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-888-795-6111 ■ VictimLINK BC: 1-800-563-0808 ■ Youth Against Violence Line: 1-800-680-4264 ■ TTY (for all services): 604-875-0885
604-926-5496 | livingsystems.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org Living Systems Counselling #209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver ■ Offers support for couples and families who are having difficulties adjusting to some aspect of life. ■ Offers Bowen Family Systems Therapy and pastoral counselling ■ Offices in North and West Vancouver ■ Fees on a sliding scale ■ Minimal waiting list
ministry of Children & Family development
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 Big Sisters of BC of the lower mainland 604-873-4525 | bigsisters.bc.ca | email@example.com 34 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver
24/7 Centralized Screening 1-800-663-9122 Toll Free 604-660-4927 Metro Vancouver, Outside BC
Helpline for Children
Big Sisters, Study Buddy and Go Girls Mentoring Programs
310-1234 (No area code required) For afterhours emergencies.
CYSN/AT HOME Program/Autism Funding
Provides supportive female mentors to girls age 7 to 17 who who may be facing challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, abuse, social anxiety, low self-esteem and more. Committed to helping vulnerable girls reach their full potential, avoid risky behaviour and make healthy choices. Research shows that mentoring has a powerful impact on the lives of young girls.
211 and Provincial help lines
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604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Foster Care Resources and Recruitment 604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
604-904-4300 #301-224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Community Resources & Services cont. Parent Support Services Society of BC 604-669-1616 | parentsupportbc.ca #204-5623 Imperial Street, Burnaby ■ Parent Support Circles: Offers self-help groups for parents & caregivers with children and teens throughout BC. Circles are facilitated by professionally trained volunteers and are confidential, anonymous, and free. Parent Support Circles (PSC) help parents learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share concerns, learn new skills, and receive emotional support. Holds circles in English, Cantonese, Filipino, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean and Spanish. Childcare and transportation subsidies are available. ■ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle: Offers self-help groups for grandparents with children and teens throughout BC. Circles are facilitated by professionally trained volunteers and are confidential, anonymous, and free. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circles discuss topics on parenting, relationship, financial, health, retirement, and social life issues; and provides information and referrals. Childcare and transportation subsidies are available if needed. ■ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line: Provides a toll-free helpline that assists grandparents and other relatives raising children to navigate service systems such as MCFD; find answers, assistance, resources; and learn about benefits and services that will support the family. Staff are trained in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services pertaining to kinship caregiving. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Contact: 604-558-4740; GRGline@parentsupportbc.ca.
YmCA of Vancouver
604-681-9622 | 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 | ywcavan.org ■ Provides integrated services for women and families and those seeking to improve their lives, from early learning and care to housing.
Vancouver and lower mainland multicultural Family Support Services
604-436-1025 | vlmfss.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org #306-4980 Kingsway, Burnaby Provides culturally sensitive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are experiencing family violence. Services are provided by bilingual workers from various minority cultures in many languages. Also provides individual and/or group counselling support to children who witness violence, and many other support services related to family violence. Also have groups for caregivers with their children aged 1-6 to share about parenting skills and learn about child development. Strictly confidential.
Counselling. Support. Education. Many children need help dealing with anxiety, depression, bullying, acting out behaviours, sexual orientation/gender identity, divorce/separation, family issues, life transitions, sexual abuse or trauma. Our specialized counsellors use sand tray therapy, expressive arts therapy and play therapy to help children and youth: • Understand and express their feelings • Develop problem solving & coping skills • Work through conflicts and be heard • Increase self-confidence • Strengthen resiliency
• Improve emotional regulation • Navigate through difficult issues • Restore normative childhood development
Family Services provides mental health programs and counselling services to individuals and families on the North Shore.
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Children Requiring Extra Support Recreation Resources
BC Centre for Ability (North Shore)
604-451-5511 | bc-cfa.org | email@example.com ■ 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.
Family Services of the North Shore
604-988-5281 | familyservices.bc.ca #203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Our Child and Youth Counselling Program supports children and youth struggling with mental health issues that are getting in the way of school, friends, family and life. Specialized counselling is also offered for children suffering from trauma and symptoms of sexual, mental and physical abuse.
hollyburn Family Services
604-987-8211 | hollyburn.ca #104-267 West Esplanade, North Vancouver Provides clinical counselling services to children and families.
North Shore ConneXions Society
604-984-9321 | nsconnexions.org firstname.lastname@example.org 1070 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver Advocates and develops community based services for families that require extra support to meet the unique needs of children living with disabilities or 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 | nsdrc.org 3158 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) offers the following programs and services to people with disabilities based on the belief that all people are important to their community. Information & Advocacy Services, Infant Development, one-to-one goal based programs for children and adults, Saturday Teen & Pre-Teen Program, STAGE (Adult Education Program), Residential Services and the Summer Bursary Program. North Shore Disability Resource Guide: A PDF version of the guide is available on their website at nsdrc.org.
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infant development Program
604-986-1358 | email@example.com 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 | nsscdp.com North Shore Neighbourhood House 309 West 1st Street, North Vancouver Provides services for children and their families from birth to 12 years of age who require additional support in their child care setting. Also provides support for the children of parents who are working or attending school and for children who require extra support and are enrolled in a preschool. ■ Parent support group opportunities available
North Shore Children’s hearing Clinic, Vancouver Coastal health, North Shore
604-983-6704 | vch.ca Provides assessment and monitoring of hearing levels, patient/caregiver counselling and education, evaluation and fitting of hearing aid(s) and other hearing assistive devices, school/preschool liaison and direct student support, and workshops for families, caregivers, educators and other professionals. All children from birth to 19 years and all ages with 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 | 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.
Children Requiring Extra Support cont. North Shore Pediatric resource team
904-6200 ext. 4162 ■ Nursing Support Services include Coordination and Consultation; Assessment to determine if Delegated or Direct Nursing Care is required; Development of Individualized Care Plans (ICP); Teaching/training and delegation for alternate care givers; Facilitation of the At Home Program; Counseling and Referral; Monitoring and Evaluation. ■ Physiotherapy services for children 0-5 years with the flexibility to participate in the kindergarten transition year. Consultation is provided in multiple community settings: home, daycare, preschool, kindergarten, Infant Development Program. ■ Physiotherapy serves School-Aged Children with Special Needs to achieve optimal independence and to assist them in meeting their educational goals. The therapist works with family members, teachers and educational assistants to support the student’s participation, inclusion and access to learning opportunities with the goal of achieving the student’s highest level of independent functioning. Services are provided in home, school, childcare and community settings.
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First Nations Resources
Help Your Child Succeed
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
604-913-9128 | acc-society.bc.ca firstname.lastname@example.org #102-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver ■ Offers training programs and resources for parents, early childhood educators, and other early childhood development service providers. ■ The library provides culturally appropriate resources to support Aboriginal children and families. This lending library contains over one thousand books, periodicals and videos. ■ Parents, educators, and other community members are welcome to visit the library or browse the on-line catalogue.
i hope family centre takaya First Nations Family Program
604-986-9311 | familyservices.bc.ca email@example.com Maplewood House (adjacent to Maplewood Farm) 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604-986-9311 Shared meals, parent education, parent support and activities, child & family drop-in. Transportation subsidy available.
So-Sah-latch Family Centre: Squamish Nation
604-985-7826 | firstname.lastname@example.org 422 West Esplanade, North Vancouver ■ Family Program (ECEs, nurses, Special Needs assistance, Family Life Skills, Infant Development, Speech Therapy) ■ Prenatal Classes ■ Labour & Delivery Program ■ Post-Natal Program ■ Traditional Ceremony to honour Squamish Nation babies born during the year ■ Aboriginal Headstart Program
So-Sah-latch Family Centre
604-988-0667 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver ■ Mother Bear Drop-In ■ Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services Department ■ Aboriginal Head Start Family Programs
tsleil-Waututh Nation Child and Family Centre
604-929-0693 | twnation.ca | email@example.com 3036 Takaya Drive, North Vancouver ■ Infant and toddler care (6 months – 3 years) ■ Full time child care for Preschoolers (3 years – 5 years) ■ Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) ■ Toy Lending Library ■ Headstart Program ■ Takaya Aboriginal Family Program (a program of the I hope family centre at Maplewood House), offering parent support and family drop-in for Aboriginal families.
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Help Your Child Succeed
North Shore multicultural Society (NSmS)
604-988-2931 | nsms.ca #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver ■ Provides assistance in finding resources for Immigrant Newcomer Families ■ Settlement services include information on education, medical and health systems, social benefits, housing, family issues ■ Community Connections & Volunteering ■ Employment ■ English Language Classes ■ Offers programs for youth, parents, women’s health ■ Services are provided in English, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin and Tagalog ■ School-Age Parenting Program
Settlement Workers in Schools (SWiS) Program provided by North Shore Multicultural Society in partnership with the North and West Vancouver School Districts ■ Settlement Workers in Schools help newcomer parents and their children settle in their school and community. ■ Services are available in many languages. You can contact SWIS directly, or through the ELL teacher or counsellor at your school. North Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver West Vancouver School District/ North Shore Multicultural Society 604-988-2931 #207-123 East 15th Street, North Vancouver
Vancouver and lower mainland multicultural Family Support Services
604-436-1025 | vlmfss.ca #306-4980 Kingsway, Burnaby ■ Provides culturally sensitive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are experiencing family violence. Services are provided by bilingual workers from various minority cultures in many languages. ■ Individual and/or group counselling support to children who witness violence. ■ Groups for caregivers with their children aged 1-6 to share parenting skills and to learn about child development.
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Recreation Resources lonsdale Quay
604-985-6261 | lonsdalequay.com Located at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue Open seven days a week. Food market, shopping, outdoor areas, picnic areas, Seabus, and good walks to playground in nearby Waterfront Park. Lots of free special events throughout the year for families.
Animal Welfare Shelter
604-990-3711 299 Mansfield, North Vancouver ■ Dog walking and cat brushing
bowen-island-bc.com Bowen Island is a 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Check www.bcferries.bc.ca for fares and schedules. Drive to Horseshoe Bay and park (pay parking) or take bus. Good for any age.
lynn Canyon ecology Centre
604-990-3755 | 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.
604-926-5612 | cypressmountain.com ■ Summer – walking, hiking, blueberry picking, lakes ■ Winter – snowplay, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing
deep Cove Village, North Vancouver
deepcovebc.com ■ All age groups. Playground, beach, swimming, picnic tables (some are under cover), washrooms.
deep Cove Cultural Centre
604-924-1378 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver ■ Seymour Art Gallery and Deep Cove & Area Heritage Society
604-929-5610 | maplewoodfarm.bc.ca 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver A five acre municipal park/farm specializing in the display of domestic farm animals and birds. Open year round. Open daily April through August. Closed on Mondays September through March. Open on all statutory holidays except Christmas. Hours of Operation: 10 am to 4 pm.
604-986-2261 | mountseymour.com ■ Hiking trails, snow play in winter. Some fees.
604-984-0661 | Guest Services: 604-980-9311 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.
Presentation house Gallery
604-986-1351 333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver ■ Art Gallery, Museum & Archives
KEEPING YOU IN MOTION • Manual Therapy & Manipulation • IMS & Acupuncture • Spinal Traction • Kinesiology Supervised Exercise Programs • Hip & Knee Replacement Rehab • Osteoarthritis & Osteoporosis • Sports Injuries & Post Fracture Rehab
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Recreation Resources cont. Bridgman Park North Vancouver ■ On the corner of Mountain Highway and Keith Road. Trees, river, swings, a slide, climbing equipment, washroom.
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.
Capilano river regional Park & Salmon hatchery
604-432-6200 | 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.
2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver ■ Nature tours, walking trails
district of West Vancouver
Marine Drive, at the end of Beacon Lane, West Vancouver ■ Nature Trails, Ecology Centre, Lighthouse tours
lynn Canyon Park
dnv.org/ecology North Vancouver Near the top of Lynn Valley Road, turn right on Park Road. Nature trails, Suspension Bridge, Ecology Centre, natural history walks. Some trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. There are washrooms.
lynn headwaters regional Park
604-432-6200 | 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
North Shore PArKS ANd PlAYGroUNdS There are many parks and playgrounds on the North Shore. To find complete listings, check the websites of listed municipalities for all locations.
City of North Vancouver 604-983-7334 | cnv.org
district of North Vancouver 604-990-3800 | dnv.org
604-925-7200 | westvancouver.ca
Park & tilford Gardens
604-984-8200 | parkandtilford.com/garden/calendar In the Park & Tilford Shopping Centre on Brooksbank. Lovely gardens to walk around, fish pond, seasonal lights, and displays.
Seymour demonstration Forest
Top of Lillooet Road, North Vancouver ■ Hiking trails (stroller friendly), cycling/in-line skating, picnic area, Seymour Fish Hatchery, Rice Lake.
Stanley Park Vancouver vancouver.ca/parks ■ Beaches, playgrounds, lots of fun things to do. Car (parking fee) or transit.
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Recreation Resources cont. CommUNitY reCreAtioN CeNtreS North VANCoUVer delbrook Centre: 604-987-7529 600 West Queens Road New delbrook Centre 851 West Queens Road (Opening late spring 2017) North Vancouver tennis Centre: 604-983-6483 280 Lloyd Avenue harry Jerome Centre: 604-987-7529 123 East 23rd Street ice Sports North Shore: 604-924-0828 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway
West Vancouver 604-925-7000 Take Marine Drive or Highway One west past Lighthouse Park to Horseshoe Bay, and then continue to 7100 block Marine Drive. Playground, picnic spots, a swimming beach, and an observation pavilion with great views.
CommUNitY reCreAtioN SerViCeS Bowen island Community recreation
John Braithwaite Community Centre: 604-487-7529 145 West 1st Street Karen magnussen recreation Centre: 604-987-7529 2300 Kirkstone Road lynn Valley Centre: 604-987-7529 3590 Mountain Highway memorial Centre: 604-987-7529 100 East 23rd Street mickey mcdougall Centre: 604-987-7529 200 East 23rd Street
604-947-2216 | bowencommunityrecreation.com 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island Offers recreation activities, programs, and leisure activities for all ages and groups.
North Shore Neighbourhood house: 604-987-8138 225 East 2nd Street
district of West Vancouver: Parks & Community Services
ron Andrews Centre: 604-987-7529 931 Lytton Street
604-925-7200 | westvancouver.ca 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Offers a wide variety of community recreation, arts and cultural programs. Check out their Leisure Guide, available at community locations throughout West Vancouver and online.
North Vancouver recreation & Culture Commission
604-987-Play (7529) | 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.
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Parkgate Community Centre: 604-987-7529 3625 Banff Court
Seylynn Centre: 604-987-7529 625 Mountain Highway
WeSt VANCoUVer Gleneagles Community Centre: 604-921-2100 6262 Marine Drive West Vancouver Aquatic Centre: 604-925-7210 2121 Marine Drive West Vancouver Arena: 604-925-7250 786 22nd Street West Vancouver Community Centre: 604-925-7270 2121 Marine Drive
The First Six Years The first six years are the most important years in your child’s life. In the early years, the brain forms connections that set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, and health. By age six, children have a solid foundation for reaching their full potential. Parents and caregivers have the greatest impact on how a child grows and develops in the early years. You can make the difference!
What i need
If infants, toddlers and preschoolers could tell you what they need, here is what they might say:
Keep me safe
Know where I am and who I am with. Teach me who to go to when I need help.
Keep me secure
Hug me. Respect me. Let me know your love is forever. This will help me develop trust and self-esteem.
Keep me healthy
I need a variety of good foods, regular checkups, immunizations, fresh air, time to run and play and regular sleep.
help me learn
Talk, sing, and play with me. Read to me. Stimulate me with sights, smells, tastes, and sounds.
help me adjust
I need routines and comfort when I am upset. Help me make friends and learn how to get along with others.
Help Your Child Succeed StePS For heAlthY Child deVeloPmeNt iNFANt - Birth to 12 moNthS Safety - Always put your baby to sleep on his back. This
reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Use a Canadian Standards approved car safety seat (infant or convertible) in the rear-facing position every time you travel in a vehicle. Security - You cannot spoil your baby. Pick her up when she cries. Find different ways to soothe her such as feeding, cuddling, rocking, and walking with her. Hold your baby as often as possible, newborns really love being held skin to skin especially when you are feeding him. health - Breast-feed your baby if you can. Take your baby for regular checkups and make sure he gets the immunizations he needs. learning - Talk to your baby. Point out familiar objects and name them. Read simple picture books and nursery rhymes to your baby. It is never too early to start. Adjusting - Respect your baby’s personality and feelings. Each of us responds to people and situations in a unique way. Introduce your baby to grandparents, caregivers and others. This will help him learn how to get along with people later in life.
toddler - 1 to 3 YeArS Safety - Childproof your house. Cover electrical outlets.
Remove dangerous objects. Keep medicines out of reach. Provide safe opportunities for your child to climb, swing, slide and run. Security - Tell your child you like the way she is and the things she does. Hug your child when he is angry or frustrated. health - Offer drinks from a cup only by 1 year of age. Offer water in between meals when your child is thirsty. Take your child for his/her first dental check by 1 year of age. Brush your child’s teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Keep your home and car smoke-free. Make sure your child wears a hat and sun-block when she plays outside in the sun. learning - Sing, talk, listen and read to your toddler every day. Enjoy counting and rhyming games together. Adjusting - Develop unrushed routines for eating, going out, playing, and sleeping. Help your child understand his feelings. For example, say, “I see that you are angry because you don’t want to go. We will come back later.”
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Help Your Child Succeed cont. PreSChooler - 3 to 5 YeArS Safety - Watch your child at all times when she is around
water. Enforce safety rules in driveways, parking lots, and around traffic. Make sure he always wears a helmet when riding a bike. Security - When your child misbehaves, help her calm down. Show her that you love her but don’t accept the behaviour. Hang his artwork on the wall. Tell him you like his dancing and singing. health - Take him to the dentist and get his vision and hearing checked before he starts school. Brush your child’s teeth with a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Take your child for regular dental checkups twice a year. Make sure she has lots of opportunities to be physically active. Offer water in between meals when your child is thirsty. learning - Use everyday situations to teach opposites, time, and how the calendar works. Limit the amount of time your child watches television. Watch television with her. Adjusting - Give her lots of chances to play with other children. Your child’s fears and nightmares are real to him. Comfort him and help him find ways to feel better.
tAKiNG CAre oF YoU Parenting is a joy and a challenge! Night-time crying, temper tantrums, and the sheer energy of a five-year-old can leave you feeling tired and upset. When you feel this way, it’s hard to be at your best. Parenting will be a joyful process when you take care of yourself, as well as your child. Take a break once in a while. Go out with friends or your partner. Ask a friend, family or someone you trust to stay with your child. Enjoy music and other activities you like. Get your parenting questions answered by visiting a community resource. Go for walks with your child and meet other parents. See your doctor if you are sick, feel sad for more than two weeks or if you are worried that your behaviour may harm your child. This section courtesy of the Government of Ontario Early Years website.
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GettiNG reAdY For KiNderGArteN Many parents are concerned that their child may begin Kindergarten without the developmental skills that will make that first school year a success. Eighty percent of children on the North Shore begin Kindergarten with the skills they will need. However, there are many enjoyable learning activities that can strengthen these early skills, and increase the bond between parent and child at the same time. ■ Ask the Children’s Librarian at your local public library for a list of books appropriate for four and five year olds. ■ Get a library card for your child, and make regular visits to the library to choose books together. ■ Read with your child every day. ■ Play card games that encourage counting and the recognition of number sets. “Go Fish”, “Memory” and “Snap” are all simple games that all can enjoy. ■ Use numbers when engaging your child in helpful activities (“Put six knives on the table”; “Take two cookies to Dad”; “Find ten red napkins”). ■ Teach your child how to take off a jacket, hang it up, and put it back on again. Try to buy jackets with big, strong zippers that a child can manage independently. ■ Teach your child to put on their own socks and shoes. Most four-year-olds will need help with laces, but can manage the rest with practice. ■ Teach your child how to peel a banana, open a yogurt tube or remove a snap-on lid from a snack container. This will help with snack and lunch periods, when independence is important. ■ Visit Maplewood Farm, travel on the Sea Bus, and visit a variety of North Shore parks. Talk about what you see. ■ Give your child group learning experiences through StrongStart, preschool or community recreation centre programs. Socializing with peers, listening for instructions, and engaging in shared activities is terrific preparation for Kindergarten.
Middle Years The middle years can be divided into two sections: 6-9 years, and 10-12 years, or the preteen years.
ChildreN 6-9 YeArS
Children 6-9 years demonstrate a cluster of characteristics that parents and caregivers will recognize: ■ Gender separation in play ■ Increasing independence ■ Increased ability to accept responsibility ■ Beginning to enjoy organized sports activities (8 years)
ChildreN 10-12 YeArS (Pre-teeNS) ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Many entering puberty Relationships with peers are very important Acceptance from peers very important Connections to positive and supportive adults a need Opportunities for independence are important
AFter-SChool ACtiVitieS Are imPortANt For Pre-teeNS!
School-age children, particularly pre-teens, can benefit from engagement in after-school activities such as sports, music, dance, theatre, cooking, and arts and crafts. Benefits include: ■ Enriched and broadened life experiences ■ Development of “non-academic” skills ■ New friendships ■ Reduced “screen time” away from TV and computers ■ Opportunities to connect with positive, mentoring adults in the community.
North Shore CommUNitY reSoUrCeS: Child ANd FAmilY ProGrAmS 604-985-7138 | nscr.bc.ca #211-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Internet Resources BC Parent Newsmagazine
bcparent.ca Independent parenting magazine, giving tips on health care, education, birthing, arts, community events, and others.
North Shore Community resources
nscr.bc.ca Information, resources and support for all ages.
Connect for Kids
connectforkids.ca Resource providing information about programs and services for North Shore families.
Kids’ Stop – indian and Northern Affairs Canada
aadnc-aandc.gc.ca Fun and educational resources, with lots of First Nations, Inuit and Métis information, resources, languages.
kidsvancouver.com Resource for parents to learn about fun things for their kids in the Greater Vancouver area.
modernmama.com Resources for parents with young children
things to do on the North Shore vancouversnorthshore.com
helloBC.com Official site for Tourism British Columbia, with lots of information for planned vacations within the province.
Urban Baby & toddler magazine
urbanbaby.ca Resource for new and expectant parents. Topics include fitness, nutrition, childbirth, breastfeeding, immunization, and more.
WestCoast Families magazine
westcoastfamilies.com Resource for families in the Lower Mainland promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Business & Services Index A Access Counselling
24 Animal Welfare Shelter 30 Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC 23 Audiology - Hearing Clinic 6 bc211 (211 British Columbia Services Society) 24 BC Aboriginal Child Care Society 11, 28 BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Resource Library 12 BC Association of Family Resource Programs 23 BC Centre for Ability, North Shore 26 BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital 5 BC Council for Families 23 BC Food Security Gateway 10 BC Healthy Kids Program 23 Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver 23 Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland 24 Bowen Island 30 Bowen Island Family Place 17, 21, 23 Bowen Island Food Bank 10 Bowen Island Community Recreation 32 Bowen Island Public Library 12 Bowen Island Youth Centre 21 Bridgman Park 31 Capilano Community Services Society 21 Capilano River Regional Park & Salmon Hatchery 31 Capilano University Library 12 Catholic Independent Schools 13 Central Community Health Centre 8 Children and Youth Mental Health 10 Circles in Schools 22 City of North Vancouver Parks 31 Community Licensing 6 Community Resource Libraries 12 Conseil Scolaire Francophone 13 Cypress Mountain 30 Deep Cove Cultural Centre 30 Deep Cove Village 30 Delbrook Centre 32 Dental Services for Children 6 District of North Vancouver Parks 31 District of West Vancouver Parks 31 District of West Vancouver: Parks & Community Services 32 Early Intervention Physiotherapy 7 Environmental Health Inspection 6 Family Planning Resources 9 Family Preservation and Reunification 16 Family Services of the North Shore 14, 15, 21, 26 Family Support Services 14, 21 First Nation Resources 28 Food Banks 10
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20, 32 Grouse Mountain 30 Harry Jerome Centre 32 Harvest Project 10 HealthLink BC 5, 6 Hearing Clinic 6, 26 Hollyburn Family Services 14, 19, 21, 26 I Hope Family Centres 14, 18, 28 Ice Sports North Shore 32 Immunization Information 7 Independent Schools 13 Infant Development Program 26 Internet Resources 35 John Braithwaite Community Centre 14, 18, 22, 32 Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre 32 Lighthouse Park 31 Lions Gate Hospital 9 Living Systems - Access Counselling 24 Lonsdale Quay 30 Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre 30 Lynn Canyon Park 31 Lynn Headwaters Regional Park 31 Lynn Valley Centre 32 Maplewood Farm 30 Maplewood Flats 31 Memorial Centre 32 Mental Health Services 9 Mickey McDougall Centre 32 Ministry of Children & Family Development 9, 24 Mother Bear Drop-In 16, 18 Mount Seymour 30 North Shore Childrenâ€™s Hearing Clinic 26 North Shore Community Resources 3, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22 North Shore ConneXions Society 26 North Shore Crisis Services Society 22 North Shore Disability Resource Centre 26 North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS) 15, 18, 29 North Shore Neighbourhood House 10, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 32 North Shore Pediatric Resource Team 6, 27 North Shore Supported Child Development Program 11, 26 North Vancouver City Library 12 North Vancouver Community Arts Council 21 North Vancouver District Public Library 12 North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission 20, 32 North Vancouver School District #44 12 North Vancouver Tennis Centre 32 Norvan Boys & Girls Club 21 Nursing Services for Special Needs Children 6, 26 Nutritionists 6
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15 Options for Sexual Health: Sexual Health Clinic 9 Parent/Child Mother Goose Programs 17 Parent Support Services Society of BC 25 Park & Tilford Gardens 31 Parkgate Community Centre 18, 20, 22, 32 Parkgate Community Health Centre 8 Parkgate Community Services Society 16, 18, 21, 22 Physiotherapy 7 Postpartum Support 7 Pre-teen Drop-In Programs 21 Presentation House Gallery 30 Preschool Speech/Language Services 26 Properties Family Hub Society 16, 22 Provincial Child Care Resource & Referral Programs 11 Provincial Help Lines (211) 24 Public Health Nursing 7 Public Library Early Literacy Services 17 Public Schools 12 Queen Mary, Ridgeway and Westview Community Development Project 22 Ron Andrews Centre 32 Salvation Army Family Resources 22 School Age Child Care Association of BC 16 School Site After School Programs 20 Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) 13, 29 Sex Sense Line 9 Seylynn Centre 32
Seymour Demonstration Forest So-Sah-Latch Family Centre Speech/Language Services Stanley Park, Vancouver StrongStart Programs The After School Club (Bowen Island Family Place) The North Shore Restorative Justice Society Tobacco Reduction Tsleil-Waututh Nation Child & Family Centre Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Vancouver Coastal Region CCRRs Vision Screening Well Baby Drop-In Clinics West Community Health Centre West Vancouver Aquatic Centre West Vancouver Arena West Vancouver Child & Family Hub West Vancouver Community Centre West Vancouver Family Place West Vancouver Memorial Library West Vancouver School District #45 Whytecliff Park YMCA of Vancouver YWCA of Vancouver Young Parent Program Youth Eating Disorders Program
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Advertiser Index Art Mania Brockton School City of North Vancouver Family Services North Shore Hollyburn Sailing Club Jane Thornthwaite, MLA North Vancouver - Seymour Lakes, Whyte LLP Barristers and Solicitors Lynn Valley Orthopaedic & Sports Physiotherapy Centre Maplewood Farm Montessori Mes Petits Academy Naomi Yamamoto, MLA North Vancouver - Lonsdale North Shore Community Resources
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North Shore Crisis Centre
North Shore Equestrian Centre
North Shore Taekwondo
North Shore Neighbourhood House
North Vancouver District Public Library
North Vancouver School District #44
Ratcliff & Company LLP Lawyers
Seymour Creek Golf Centre
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Connecting you to community services! North Shore Community Resources Society (NSCR) is a multiservice agency providing our local communities with information and referrals on programs serving those from birth to seniors. At NSCR you can find information, programs, directories, and resources on caregiving, child care, education, health, housing, parenting, legal and financial matters, recreation, transportation, volunteering, and other social and community services. Serving the North Shore since 1976, NSCR is the place to go to be connected with community services. Caregiver Support assists people caring for an adult friend or a family member. Community Housing Action Committee provides citizens and organizations the opportunity to work together to address the issue of affordable housing on the North Shore. Information North Shore provides information and referral on services available in our community. Legal Information and Advocacy Program provides legal information, referral, and advocacy services for North Shore residents. Parent and Child Resource Program hosts the local Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRR), CAP-C coalition, WHEELS mobile support program, and the early and middle childhood planning tables. Seniorsâ€™ One Stop provides information and referral services for seniors. Volunteer North Shore helps find volunteers for organizations and helps people find volunteer positions. Help support people in your own community â€” make a tax deductible donation to NSCR. For further information regarding donations or charitable estate planning, please contact NSCR today.
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