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The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program

The Young Parent Outreach program is a dynamic resource providing services and support to young pregnant women, young moms and dads, and their children in the Greater Victoria area. These services are designed to give young pregnant women and young moms and dads the help and support network they need to have healthy babies and to be effective, successful parents. Through the unique and caring approach of our outreach worker, clients are given guidance, encouraged to set goals and counselled on healthy and safe choices in order to achieve a fulfilling life.

Autism Community Training

ACT provides a wide-range of autism-related training to parents and professionals, mostly at Simon Fraser University's Downtown Campus in Vancouver, Canada. We also web stream events and these are open to registrants internationally. We offer bursaries to parents and professionals, targeting low-income participants.

ACT’s Autism Manual for BC

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. is a manual for Living and Working with Children and Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Community organizations and parents are welcome to print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. If you have corrections or updates, please email info@actcommunity.ca

Community Options for Children and Families

Community Options for Children and Families is a welcoming, innovative organization that provides a wide range of services to people with developmental disabilities, their families and their caregivers on South Vancouver Island. We work in partnership with other organizations, individuals and government to ensure the inclusion of all people in our community.

Autism Information Services BC

Autism Information Services British Columbia (AIS BC) is a provincial information centre for autism and related disorders that provides information and supports to families, service providers, and community professionals across B.C. Our experienced staff are available by phone, in person, or by email to explain the range of best practice treatment options for autism spectrum disorder to help you navigate the BC service system.

Access Midwifery & Family Care

Access Midwifery and Family Care is a unique practice of registered midwives that provides primary maternity care to women during all stages of their pregnancy and post-partum support throughout the greater Victoria area. Our midwifery services are covered under the Medical Services Plan, meaning that people with BC Care Cards can access our services free of charge. Regardless, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality maternity care. If you do not have a BC Health Card, we encourage you to contact us for more information about getting care. 208 - 2951 Tillicum Road (corner of Gorge & Tillicum) Victoria, BC

WSANEC School Board

Provides educational support for K-12 students attending district Private or band operated schools.  SELEEMW Daycare infant/toddler and 3 to 5 years.

Tseycum First Nation HeadStart Program

Tseycum HeadStart Program is a program that supports activities focused on early childhood learning and development for First Nations children from birth to age six and their families. This includes pre and post natal support, cultural development programs, parenting and education programs and workshops, infant and toddler development programs, health screening, monitoring and referrals, fitness and nutrition, exercise, yoga for kids, Afterschool and Breakfast programs and literacy support.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

Early Childhood Development staff provides family support in such areas as parenting and life skills. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. The program is open to all Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) families, and runs Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm (lunch is served at 12 pm daily). Activities may include regalia making, fitness, playgroups, health talks, crafts, and parent support groups.

Y Young Moms Program

The Y Young Moms Program offers 8 transitional housing units for pregnant or young moms age 16-29 who are parenting a child under 5 years of age. Families receive weekly support, individual counselling and advocacy to help families achieve independence. Trained staff offer positive parenting education; life skills education; group counselling and support; mental health support; pre-employment and employment counselling and referrals.

Supported Child Development

Working with families, the Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) provides consultation, extra staffing supports and staff training to child care providers and early childhood educators. The SCDP helps to ensure that all children are included in, and learn from, their preschool, daycare, or child care arrangement in Greater Victoria. Referrals are accepted from both parents and professionals who work with children with developmental and behavioural challenges from birth to 19 years.

Prevention Speech

This program provides speech and language services to infants, toddlers and preschool children. To receive services, children must: have only speech and/or language delays or disorders, and be preschool aged – not yet eligible for kindergarten. Speech-language assessments and treatment are offered at the five regional public health units located in Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, West Shore and the Peninsula. Visit the website to contact the Health Unit closest to you.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Seating

Queen Alexandra provides orthotics, foot care, splinting, prosthetics, pedorthics, seating, and assistive devices to people of all ages across Vancouver Island. They care for people who need acute care, emergency, and rehabilitation services. Whatever your physical needs or challenges, they can help you go where and do what you want. Their services are located in at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, in the Fisher Building, 2400 Arbutus Road. These services are referral-based, please talk to your doctor about obtaining a referral.

BC211

BC211 connects people to the community, government and social services they need. You can call or text 2-1-1 any day of the week, between 8 AM and 11PM. They offer confidential, multi-lingual, and texting services. You can also chat online, link is below.

La Leche League (West Shore)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Pam for meeting times and location.

La Leche League (Esquimalt)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Janice for meeting times and location.

La Leche League (Saanich Peninsula)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Sarah, Margaret or Darlene for meeting times and location.

James Bay Community Project

Youth & Family Outreach. We offer counselling, information and support to families and their children from birth - 19 years old.

Baby Talk (Sooke)

These informal drop-in education sessions are put on by the Sooke Health Unit. Topics focus on infants 0-12 months of age and are led by a public health nurse. This is a great way to learn about raising your baby as well as a great way to meet other parents of young infants. Located at the Sooke Health Unit, 6672 Wadams Way Sooke, B.C. Call to find out the weekly discussion topic.

Westshore 1000×5 Children’s Book Recycling Project

The  Westshore "1000 X 5" Children’s Book Recycling Project was started in September 2012.  Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community, screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families in the Westshore.  Drop off locations are at every School District #62 elementary school in the Westshore area. Just ask the office for the location of the donation box. We share books on a rotating basis to 250 families per month.  

Pregnancy Support and Information

Island Sexual Health offers information on pregnancy, testing, options and decision making. They are are a pro-choice organization that offers non-biased, factual, and comprehensive information equally on all options available in Canada. They believe a pregnant person has the ability and right to make the best decision for themselves when they are given objective, non biased information. You can make an appointment for more information and support. The Victoria Clinic is located at #101-3960 Quadra Street

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

The centre helps immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria. Their mission is to assist in the settlement and adjustment of immigrants and refugees in Canada, and to provide services designed to increase the newcomer's participation in Canadian society, by assisting the newcomer to overcome barriers. They are located at 1004 North Park Street, Victoria

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education, employment, and arts programming we create a welcoming community. Their main office is located at 930 Balmoral Road

The Compassionate Friends of Canada

The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. Our Primary Purpose is to aid in the positive reconciliation of grief and foster the physical and emotional health of parents and their surviving children. Our Secondary Purpose is to provide information and education about the grief of bereaved parents and their surviving children. The objective is to help those in their community, including family, friends, co-workers, employers and professionals to be supportive.

BC Bereavement Helpline

The BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) is here for you. We are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with us you will find it here. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of our caring volunteers for information on our bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support. Your call is free, confidential, and anonymous. We will help you find the most appropriate support for your specific type of loss.

Young Parent Support Network (YPSN)

Our mission is to support and empower young parent families in the Coast Salish Territories (Victoria, BC). YPSN works to meet the needs of the young parent community through parenting programs and groups, as well as one-to-one services for young and expecting parents facing challenges in their lives. YPSN is located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd Victoria

Greater Victoria Literacy Resources Guide

Guide to Literacy Organizations, Programs, and Services in Greater Victoria.

Saanich Commonwealth Place

Saanich Commonwealth Place is a recreation facility located at 4636 Elk Lake Drive. It features: competition pool, wave pool, dive tank, shallow tot pool, steam room and sauna; fully equipped, air conditioned weight room; aerobic, dance studio and five multi-purpose rooms; full size gymnasium, proshop, café and free parking; Greater Victoria Public Library - Bruce Hutchison Branch; Teen centre

PCEC “1000 x 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project

Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community, screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families on the Saanich Peninsula. If you have children’s picture books to donate, they may be left at: any school in District No. 63 (Saanich); the Saanich District School Board Office; and the Peninsula Co-op Food Centre.

Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC)

The Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC) network is an Early Years Community Table that builds relationships and partnerships among people who provide services for young children and their families on the Saanich Peninsula.  We work to strengthen connections and community involvement and co-ordinate collaborative efforts to raise community awareness of the importance of the early years.  This includes initiatives for promoting early literacy, and the healthy growth and development of all young children; and interpreting local information and transforming development research into advocacy, support and action within the community.  For direct family services on the Peninsula, we are proud to organize Books for Breakfast.

First Nations Health Authority

When it comes to maternal, child and family health, FNHA’s approach is health and wellness now and into the future for the whole family.  This family-focused approach supports important areas like: Healthy relationships, Sexual health, Family planning, Healthy pregnancies, Optimal birth experiences, Parent and guardian health, Early childhood development, Child safety.

Aboriginal Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The CCRR program staff work in partnership with Aboriginal families and communities on reserve and in urban settings throughout British Columbia. Our goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of high quality child care resources and services that support the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families. We strive to be adaptable, responsive, inclusive and culturally relevant.

Journeys of the Heart

The Journeys of the Heart (JOH) program is a ten-month cultural learning program for Indigenous children age 2 to 5 years old and their families caregivers. The JOH program nurtures a child’s cultural identity while preparing them for the education system. The JOH program also will provide children and their caregivers with skills and tools to promote transition into the public-school system.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that is designed to specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal children with special needs. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing early intervention and support in child care settings during the early stages of development is important. ASCD enables children who require extra support to be included in a childcare, preschool or after-school setting when their parents or caregivers are working or going to school. The Aboriginal Infant Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development Provincial Office is located at: 551 Chatham Street, Victoria BC

Jordan’s Principle

Jordan's Principle is about ensuring First Nations children receive the services they need when they need them. It is available to all First Nations children in Canada. It applies to all public services, including services that are beyond the normative standard of care to ensure substantive equal​ity.​ It provides payment for needed services by the government or department that first receives the request.
​The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is responsible for administering Jordan’s Principle resources in British Columbia. This approach however does not limit or relieve the federal government of its fiduciary responsibilities to First Nations in BC. ​Jordan's Principle applies in BC. This arrangement does not hinder its definition or implementation.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) are proud to jointly offer funding to cover the costs of a birth doula and postpartum doula for pregnant Aboriginal mothers and families living in BC (both on and off reserve). This partnership aims to bring birth closer to home and back into the hands of women. Grants provide up to a maximum of $1000 to cover doula services for each woman's birth and postpartum needs. Speaking with your doula will help you best use a grant, based on your needs during pregnancy and at home following delivery. Payment is made directly to a doula after pre-approval and after BCAAFC has received an invoice for the doula care provided.

Reporting Child Abuse

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Your call will be answered by the Provincial Centralized Screening team (PCS) and their primary role is to receive and assess child protection reports and initial requests for ministry service across the province, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If a child is in immediate danger, call police (call 9-1-1 or your local police) to intervene and a child protection social worker should be contacted to determine whether the child is in need of protection.

Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

A First Nations Health Authority program offered to some bands. COHI services are provided by a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and a COHI Aide employed by the band. Services are similar to those offered through the Smiles First Program. COHI services are provided in 76 on-reserve communities in BC.

Smiles First Program

One-on-one consultation for at-risk pregnant women and parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  Smiles First provides assessment and skill building for parents to understand factors that increase the risk of dental disease, and learn ways to reduce risk.  Visual screening can identify early stages of decay, and fluoride varnish or dental referral is provided as needed.  This services is available at all health units and some community locations. Contact your local health unit for information.

Camosun Dental Clinic

Clients of all ages and the public are welcome to visit our in-house Dental Hygiene clinic between September and April each year. Our Dental Hygiene students provide professional, preventive and therapeutic services that are caring, high quality and low cost. Personalized care is provided by students under the direction and supervision of licensed faculty. Initial screening is free for everyone. Subsequent appointments are free for children under 3, $5 for children ages 3-5. The Dental Clinic is is located at Camosun College Lansdowne (Dental Building), 3100 Foul Bay Rd. Victoria.

Scian’new Community Day

Each Thursday, the community gathers together to enjoy making lunch together, followed by a walk / hike and ending with traditional craft making. Located at the Longhouse within the Scian'new Community (Beecher Bay First Nation).

Pacheedaht Parents’ Support Group

Dinner is provided to all families who attend and child minding/early years support is available so the parents can take part in the educational group that is offered after dinner. Located at the Pacheedah Nation Health Building in Port Renfrew.

Pacheedaht Family Day Program

Pacheedaht Family Day is delivered by Sooke Family Resource Society along with volunteers from the community, Pacheedaht band staff, and service providers from MCFD, VIHA, and South Island Wellness Society.  This program provides a healthy lunch each Tuesday, with the exception of vacation breaks. A volunteer committee, made up of Pacheedaht Nation members, continues its involvement in formal and informal planning sessions and in program participation and support. Takes places at teh Pacheedaht Nation Health Building,

Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health

Supports the well-being of Aboriginal children, youth, and families, especially those who are vulnerable, through child and youth mental health services. Other services coordinated through central provincial offices include intake and screening; helplines and after-hours support; resources and referral; funding and benefits programs; and specialized treatment for disabilities, mental health issues, and substance use. Serves Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, and View Royal. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Located at 2nd Floor-1195 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6

Songhees Early Years Programs

Songhees Daycare offers full daycare services from 8 am to 5pm. Songhees Preschool offers a safe and supportive environment for children to begin their educational journey. The curriculum in the preschool is designed to prepare the children for entry into public school as well as grounding them with community and family support for their education. Located at 1100 Admirals Rd, Victoria

Songhees Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre offers wellness programs that include primary health clinics, pre and post natal care, vaccination clinics, injury prevention training, chronic disease prevention and management, oral health, and facilitated fitness and recreation programs. Facilities include: Computer Lab, Elders Centre, Fitness Studio, Washrooms, Showers.

Surrounded by Cedar

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services will provide child and family services rooted in cultural values and beliefs to restore and enhance the strength and resiliency in the urban Aboriginal community. This includes counselling, elders in residence, youth support services, cultural programming. They are located at #211 - 1497 Admirals Rd. Victoria BC V9A 2P8

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis people acknowledge that our children are sacred gifts from our ancestors. They become our knowledge-keepers and carry our culture, language, and heritage forward for future generations. At Métis Nation British Columbia, this understanding informs our commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. We strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank "helps those in need through those who care." We do that in a variety of ways but primarily by providing food hampers, including fresh produce to enrich the hampers, designated to supplement a client's food needs.  The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank is an emergency food service and we are here to help you and your family in a time of need. Located at 9586 Fifth Street, Sidney

Greater Victoria Public Library

Branches of the GVPL are located across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the West Shore and Sooke. Each location has a children's section, as well as drop-in storytimes for families. Library cards are free and you can take home books, dvds, cds for your family.

Vancouver Island Regional Libary

Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney

Saanich Peninsula Literacy

The Saanich Peninsula Literacy Task Group is comprised of community representatives committed to strengthening life-long literacy. SPL promotes literacy and lifelong learning on the Saanich Peninsula by building awareness and by supporting community actions related to literacy.

Panorama Recreation Centre

Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the town of Sidney.

Kid Care Canada

At Kid Care Canada our focus is social and emotional health, now considered the best foundation for mental, emotional and physical wellness, and happiness and success throughout life. Our resources guide you so that you can be a more confident and relaxed parent. You will see how your everyday nurturing actions put your infant or toddler on the path for social and emotional health, and that the benefits last a lifetime!

Beacon FASD Support Services

Keyworker services are provided at no cost to families for children (0-18 yrs) with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Child Passenger Safety Program

In partnership with the CRD Traffic Safey Commision, learn how to properly install and use car seats at our free clinics or information sessions. Seats are also available on a short-term loan. Located at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears/

Play & Chat Packs

Parents, caregivers and community members can borrow a Play & Chat Pack in support of a child`s social connection and language development. Each pack has a theme, and includes activities and tips for playing and building language skills. There are 25 different themes to choose from. Packs are housed at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Peninsula Early Years Centre

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, you can connect with programs in support of children's health & development or with our Outreach Workers for questions about ages and stages you might have. We also have our Child Passenger Safety programs in support of safe travels while in a vehicle and the Play & Chat Packs program in support of language development. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.  Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Beacon Community Services

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC

Peninsula Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Location: 2170 Mt Newton Cross Rd. Saanichton BC.

Kindergym (Sidney)

It's never raining at kindergym - our indoor playground. Featuring ride-on toys, a mini bouncy castle, tumbling mats, slides and more, join us for some open gym free-play fun! Parent participation is required. Drop-in for $5/child & $2/sibling, or purchase a 6-session pass for $27.00. Takes place at the Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney BC

Family Storytime at Central Saanich Library

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). Located at the Central Saanich Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 1209 Clarke Rd. Brentwood Bay, BC

Storytime at Sidney/North Saanich Library

Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. 0-5 years. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). The Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch or the Vancouver Island Regional Library is located at 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC

Peninsula Babies

Registered drop-in. Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development and more. In partnership with Island Health, public health nurses provide information and support, together with the facilitator and guest speakers. This free program includes lunch. Program located in Sidney. Contact for registration and details.

Parent-Child Mother Goose

Registered drop-in. A free, fun program of favorite nursery rhymes and songs that help develop young children's language skills. This program also provides connections and support for parents and caregivers. Multiple locations in Brentwood and Sidney. Contact slorimer@beaconcs.ca for registration.

Peninsula EYC Family Drop-in

Come visit us for coffee, the chance to connect with other families and time for your child to play and do activities. Our Outreach/Resource Workers are available to assist with questions about ages and stages or specific needs to your early years family. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears/

Peninsula Toddler Time

Drop-in and enjoy weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This program offers information, discussion and support during this active stage of life and learning. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Peninsula Baby Talk

Offers a friendly, weekly drop-in setting for new parents to connect. Families gain information about parenting, child development and community resources through support and discussion with the facilitator and guest speakers. Takes at the Peninsula Health Unit, 2170 Mount Newton X Rd., Saanichton, BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School

The ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School's mission is to work in a life-long partnership with the Saanich People to assure the continuing use of the SENĆOŦEN Language and the maintenance of the cultural identity of our Nation while giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes as citizens to enable them to successfully meet the social economic and political challenges of life.

Sooke Family Resource Society-Family Support Group

This parent-child playgroup is an extension of our Family Support Program.  The group offers support to parents with children 0-6 years who may be facing challenges in life such as single parenthood, low income, or young parenthood.  The group will focus on supportive parenting strategies. Call to register. Sooke group meets every other Thursdsay 10AM-noon; West Shore group meets every Thursday 9:30 to 11AM.

StrongStart (SD63)

Families and caregivers can drop in to explore play with their children. StrongStart supports the development of young children, consistent with the goals of the BC Early Learning Framework. StrongStart Centres located at Brendwood, Lochside and Sidney Elementary schools. Contact Lisa Kinshella with all inquiries.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

The Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDP) gives support and educational information to AIDP workers throughout the province in regards to aboriginal infant development programs. Programs offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services. Located at 551 Chatham St, Victoria.

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)

The BCANDS is an award winning, provincial, Indigenous not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Indigenous population of BC. BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and within BC’s urban and rural centres. If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability, residing in BC, or an on-reserve organization requiring health information / resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist. Offices located at #6 – 1610 Island Highway, Victoria.

Aboriginal Health Nurses

To support culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal patients, Island Health is pleased to connect you with an Aboriginal Health Liaison Nurse. Patients, family and friends can request a referral to the Aboriginal Liaison Nurse before or during a hospital stay. Some ways Aboriginal Liaison Nurses help are by supporting patients and families while in hospital and explaining health care information, and work with hospital staff, patients, family and community to support clear communication and discharge planning.

SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre

The SLELEMW Child Development Center’s name is in SENCOTEN and when translated means “Little Rain”. Our vision for the SLELEMW Child Development Centre is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for all children in each area of a development (physical, intellectual, language, emotional and spiritual), while maintaining the SENCOTEN language, culture and values.

South Island Wellness Centre

Offering Support to First Nation Families. South Island Wellness Society (SIWS) uses Traditional Decision Making processes to facilitate community-based collaborative planning for Aboriginal families that require support to address concerns about the care of their children. Located at Tsawout First Nation: 7725B Tetayut Rd., Saanichton

NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services

We provide child and family services to Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum, and T’Sou-ke.  Our social workers are qualified professionals and are able to assist with developing residential resources and provide guardianship services to our children in care.  Family Support Workers provide many prevention supports and programs to children and families.  Please call if you have a question about services or intake. Located at

Aboriginal Early Years

This website is a result of the Aboriginal Community's desire to have an ECE website dedicated to programs and services that service Aboriginal children and their families. It is an initiative of the Success By 6 Aboriginal Engagement Strategy, South Vancouver Island

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

Island Métis Family & Community Services

IMFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counselling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society

The purpose of Hulitan Family and Community Services Society is to provide social and emotional support to Aboriginal children, Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal families living in the Capital Regional District while ensuring families and youth have access to culturally appropriate programs and services regardless of financial ability. Located at 902-A Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association

Pacific Centre Family Services Association is dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people we work with through education, counselling and creative programming. Locations: Centre for Wellbeing, 324 Goldstream Ave, Colwood; and 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.

West Shore Parks and Recreation

Whether you enjoy a stroll in the park, a swim in the pool, playing soccer with friends, or a round of golf, West Shore Parks & Recreation has programs and facilities for everyone. West Shore Parks & Recreation is governed by the West Shore Parks & Recreation Society's Board of Directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands, the Juan de Fuca Electoral area and the Town of View Royal. Each municipality contribute, through tax requisition, toward the operation of the parks and recreation facilities. Located at 1767 Island Highway, Victoria.

SEAPARC Leisure Complex

SEAPARC is pleased to offer a variety of program options for 4 months to 5 years. Programs include a licensed preschool, social programs, sports, swimming and skating. Located at 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke.

Military Family Resource Centre

The MFRC has resources to meet the unique demands of raising children in the military lifestyle. It’s about getting quality care, support and resources in an environment that understands the lifestyle.  Services include: Parenting support, child care, literacy programs, counselling, etc. The Colwood Pacific Activity Centre is located at 2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood.

Parks and Trails on the West Shore

Community parks and trails are yours to enjoy, and a legacy for future generations. While visiting, please respect the private property next to the parks, trails, viewpoints, and ocean accesses and leave no trace of your visit or the visit of your dog. Leave the treasures that you find, including wildflowers, for others to enjoy.

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands  It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities. Services are provided in the child’s home, daycare, preschool, community program or at one of our four office locations. The Queen Alexandra Family Centre is located at 345 Wale Rd, Colwood.

Your Literacy Connection West Shore

Literacy Connection Westshore's purpose is to identify the learning needs of the Westshore area -including Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and the Highlands - and respond to these by working with others to coordinate and support literacy programs and services. We are focused on bringing an awareness to the value of life-long learning and the sense of empowerment and growth this brings.

Sooke Library

We have plenty to offer children of all ages. Books, stories, games, crafts, audiobooks and more! Located at 2065 Anna Marie Rd., Sooke

Sooke Region Literacy Project

The purpose of the Sooke Region Literacy Project is to build community and help people in the Sooke Region achieve the sense of empowerment that goes along with literacy. Our community development work is aimed at enhancing, coordinating and creating literacy programs in the Sooke Region, from East Sooke to Port Renfrew, making sure that everyone has access to the learning opportunities they need to fulfill their full potential.

Prenatal Education and Outreach

The SFRS Prenatal Education and Outreach Services provides local group or individual prenatal education, support, and outreach to pregnant women and their families in Sooke and the surrounding areas. We offer a low to no-cost program for all who need or want prenatal services. This program is a partnership program with the Best Babies program. Located at 766 Wadams Way, Sooke

Island Health Prenatal Services

Prenatal Registration through Island Health allows you to access a range of prenatal services. Identify topics important to you during your pregnancy such as nutrition, lifestyle factors, community support and your hopes for your pregnancy and birth. You may want information about getting ready for your baby’s arrival including what to expect when feeding and caring for your new baby. Services are delivered through your local health unit.

Sooke Health Unit

Island Health Resources: Child health and development, Dental, Flu vaccine and influenza prevention campaigns, Hearing, Immunizations, Nutrition Parenting, Prenatal registration and postpartum support, Speech. The Health Unit is located at #104-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke

West Shore Health Unit

Island Health Resources: Child health and development, Dental, Flu vaccine and influenza prevention campaigns, Hearing, Immunizations, Nutrition Parenting, Prenatal registration and postpartum support, Speech. The Health Unit is located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood

Best Babies (Colwood)

Best Babies is a free program for pregnant women needing extra support due to family violence, poverty, addictions, food insecurity, isolation and/or health issues, including emotional and cognitive difficulties. Women can remain in the group from pregnancy until their baby is 8 weeks of age. The Best Babies services are offered through a team of professionals including a VIHA Public Health Nurse, VIHA Dietitian, dental hygienist and the Program Support and Outreach Worker. Located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood.

Westshore Books for Breakfast

The Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch programs host a variety of local readers, great books, interactive songs, activities and healthy food. Children are given a brand new book to add to their home library, and a personal photo capturing their literacy experience. Parents and caregivers will be exposed to great children’s literature and some simple ways of modeling literacy. Program is FREE for children between 0-6 years. Program Coordinated by: Belmont Park Preschool Society 301 Zealous Crescent Program Hosted by MFRC: Colwood Pacific Activity Centre: 2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood

Family Story Time at Juan de Fuca Library

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Located at the Juan de Fuca Library, 1759 Island Hwy. West Shore Recreation Centre Complex.

Sooke/West Shore CCRR Playgroup for Child Care Providers

This is a great way for daycare children to enjoy play-based activities with arts & crafts, snack time (care provider provided), and circle time. As a Care Provider, you can connect with our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) Consultant to receive extra information and ideas. Located at the Sooke CCRR, 100-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.

Sooke Family Resource Society

Sooke Family Resource Society offers the following groups in the Sooke/West Shore communities:  Parent and Tot Drop-In, Parent Discussion Group and Family Support Group.  See calendar for drop-in schedule      

StrongStart (SD62)

School District 62 offers StrongStart drop-in programs for children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Programs are offered at Beecher Bay, Colwood Elementary School, Hans Helgesen Elementary, John Muir Elementary School, Ruth King Elementary School, Millstream Elementary School, Port Renfrew Elementary, and Willway Elementary School   Please note that School District 62 Strong Start drop-in programs are closed over the summer.

Sooke/West Shore Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

BC Child Care Resource & Referral programs offers referrals for quality child care and community resources, and support to child care providers and families in every community across the Province of British Columbia. Located at 100- 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke. West Shore office located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood.

Toy Lending Library

The Downtown Y offers a wide assortment of toys and activities for toddlers through early elementary aged children. Borrow our themed toy bins for home use. Memberships are $5/month for Y members and $10/month for non-Y members. Toy Bin borrowing is available during facility hours when staff and volunteers are able to assist you. Located at 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Together Time

A time for toddlers and their grown-ups to play and visit! Riding toys, balls and tunnels will keep your little one active as you both enjoy a social time. For children 6 months – 5 years. Takes place at the Downtown Y, 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Move and Groove

Children will be introduced to gymnastics and dance activities focusing on stability and locomotor skills. Classes will incorporate gymnastics equipment as well as beginner level dance steps and sequences. Takes place at the Downtown Y, 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Family Play Time

Join us in the Downtown Y gymnasium with your children to enjoy our toys and sports equipment. All ages -Children under the age of 10 must be supervised by a caregiver, aged 16+. The Downtown Y is located at 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

SPARK for Children

SPARKS is for Immigrant or Refugee children attending a new elementary school in Canada who want to improve their english, build stronger social-emotionall skills as they adjust to the Canadian School System. Takes places at elementary school across Victoria, hosted by Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS). The VIRCS office is at 1004 North Park St. Victoria.

Family Story Time

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library, at various locations across Greater Victoria. 

Baby Time

For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library, at various locations across Greater Victoria. 

Monthly Family Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal, meet new friends, and have a great time at the Mustard Seed Family Centre, 625 Queens Ave.

Family Dinner (James Bay)

This program will provide a place for families with children (aged 0-12 years) to network and support one another. We do crafts, art, games, reading and other activities, and a light dinner is provided. Takes place at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Welcome Play Group

This playgroup is for families with young children who are immigrants, refugees, newcomers to Canada (less than 10 years) and who speak English as a second language. Free play, art, puzzles, snack time. Located at James Bay Community Project.

StrongStart (SD61)

Drop-in early learning program where your child will explore and play with you in an environment that is friendly, safe and inspiring!. You will meet other families and get to share in the excitement of your child's early learning experiences. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while attending the program. Nutritious snacks are provided. StrongStart Learning Centres are located at the following schools: George Jay Elementary, McKenzie Elementary, Macaulay Elementary, James Bay Community School, View Royal Elementary, Craigflower Elementary. Visit the website for more information. 

Fernwood Family Dinner

Come enjoy home cooked meals by donation. All families welcome. The dinner will provide a healthy meal, ideas for easy meal preparation, access to food resources as well as a social time to bring families together, supporting them in spending quality time together while alleviating the pressure of preparing an affordable meal. Planned play activities will provide opportunities for one-one parent support. Takes place in the gymnasium at Fernwood Community Centre (please enter through the gym doors around back), 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria.

Parent-Child Mother Goose

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children. The program introduces adults and children to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years. Children benefit from enjoyable, healthy early experiences with language and communication. Coffee, tea and snack provided. Free. At Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria.

1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

1Up offers a wide selection of programs & services to assist custodial and non custodial parents to meet the needs of their growing families. Like skills courses and workshops are available, as well as mentorship programs.

Community Dinner & Games Night (Oaklands)

Join the Oaklands community for dinner and games! Meet your neighbours, share a meal, and have a laugh while playing cards and board games. Located at the Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria

Family Night

Come enjoy meal with your kids! There will be activities and games for all ages. Fun for the whole family - pool, air hockey, arts and crafts, and games! There is also an outdoor playground for those who are interested. Located at Oaklands Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria.

Esquimalt Parent-Baby Connections Group

This program offers a time to connect with your baby through songs and rhymes, while connecting with other parents and developing new skills through various early parenting topics. Located at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St, Victoria (hosted by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House)

Vic West Mother Goose and Muffins

Mother Goose promotes language development, social skills, and attachment. Through joyful interaction in songs, rhymes and movement you will find tips to soothe and comfort your baby, and develop a network of friendships and support. Includes a parenting discussion and topic each week related to early parenting, child development and parent self-care. At the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria. 

Parent & Tot Playgroup

This is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to meet and play in an informal atmosphere with toys, and books. Snacks provided. Free, caregivers must participate. At Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.

Family Dinner & Drop-in (Burnside Gorge)

Families are invited for a delicious dinner prepared by staff and volunteers every Thursday evening. After dinner, stay and have a play in the family centre after dinner. Assistance with set-up and clean-up is appreciated. Dinner is served at 5pm. $2/family. At Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.

Fun for Little Ones

Enjoy singing, movement, reading and fun with your little ones. The program encourages child development through singing, movement, stories and bonding between child and caregiver. Please note this is a structured program and caregiver participation is required. Free. At Burside Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria. 

Wiggles and Giggles

Get the wiggles out with this new interactive program that includes games, movement, and fun! The program includes organized games, movement, exercise, and free play. Best suited for ages 2–4 years; all children under 5 years are welcome. Caregiver participation is required. This program runs September to June, and closes during the summer. Free. At Burnside Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria. 

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House

The Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers counselling for adults and youth, family resource programs, prenatal and parenting support, and senior services. They're located at 511 Constance Ave, Victoria.

Mother Goose Program

Enjoy rhymes, songs and finger play. Listen to a story, learn to tell a story. Snack provided. Free. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan, Victoria

Music and Me

A fun, musical experience for little ones, birth to 4 years, accompanied by their parents or caregivers. Program is free but registration is required. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan, Victoria.

Esquimalt Smart Families

Free program, for parents with babies under 12 months. Group focus is on parenting discussion topics - baby and parent health & wellness, attachment, baby Mother Goose songs and rhymes. The group goal is to grow healthy infants and Strong families. Call to register. Located at Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria.

Individual Parenting Support

Individual appointments/ one-to-one sessions offer opportunities for support, learn new parenting strategies, problem solve your child’s behavior and gain parenting confidence, and find ideas for self-care and coping. For parents with children newborn to 12 years of age. The number of sessions is customized to individual parent’s needs; sessions can be weekdays, or late afternoon, early evening hours. Support provided by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria

Parent Talk

Free drop-in for parents with newborns to active baby (7 - 9 mos.). Guest speakers, monthly Public Health Nurse visit, opportunities to meet other parents and learn about resources for families in the community. Formally "Baby Talk". Hosted by the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House. The drop-in takes place at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St. Victoria.

Esquimalt Best Families

A registered group for parents and their babies up to 12 months of age who have been involved in a Best Babies or other similar prenatal program. Educational topics, encouragement and support provided regarding infant safety, breastfeeding, infant feeding, parent coping strategies, healthy lifestyle and positive parenting. Located at Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria.

La Leche League (Victoria Central)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Ruth or Uschi for meeting times and location.

Introduction to Cloth Diapering

New parents today have so many choices when it comes to cloth diapering that it can be overwhelming! Should you choose hemp? cotton? fleece? bamboo? What about closures... snaps or velcro or...? And how do you wash them? Join us for fun, interactive cloth diapering workshop and let us help you make sense of it all. $5. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

Dad’s Group

For dads and male caregivers of babies 0-12 months. The group is facilitated by Michael Deloughery. Michael is a father of four and has been facilitating groups for parents since the 1970s. Through this experience he has witnessed the benefits that come from a parent simply expressing what is real for them and being truly heard. He also knows first hand how difficult this can be for many men in the beginning. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

Mobile Babies & Toddlers

For mobile, exploring babies and toddlers, 9 to 18 months. Discussion surrounds learning, eating, sleeping and how to have fun with our children. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria

Older Babies Group

In this group, discussion moves past the survival mode of the first few months. Topics include about playing with and teaching our babies, creating a routine, sleep and introducing solid foods. This group is for you if your baby is 4 to 9 months old. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

New Babies Group

Group for you with your newborn (up to 4 month maximum). A chance to meet other new parents and discuss the challenges of parenting a newborn. Our usual topics in this group are feeding, diapering, comforting and the changes we are experiencing in ourselves. Drop in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria. 

Pregnancy Happy Hour

You don’t have to be showing to show up! Chat with other pregnant people in a friendly and comfortable setting. The discussion will be facilitated by an experienced childbirth educator. A chance to discuss the joys and woes of pregnancy. This group is for pregnant people only. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. 

Aboriginal Prenatal Group

This group's focus is to support pregnant mothers to have the healthiest babies possible. A Public Health Nurse teaches prenatal classes and a dietitian provides nutritional information. Hosted by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria 

Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program

The Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program (formerly Care Home Parenting Program) helps young women who are pregnant or in the early months of parenting (aged 15-21) through a combination of housing, life skills training and counselling. The program specifically supports women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through supported independent living in a stable and caring environment, the young moms can acquire the skills needed to reach their potential as independent women and skilled parents. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Club, located at 301-1195 Esquimalt Rd. Victoria. 

Baby Group

This free support and information group includes: speakers, discussion, fun and friendship with other new parents. Registration required, please call number below. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Best Babies (Tillicum/Saanich)

Prenatal nutrition program. Provides resources for pregnant and parenting mothers, up to 6 months after delivery. Vitamins, food vouchers, childminding, and lunch available. Please call to register. Located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Victoria (inside Pearkes Rec. Centre, behind Tillicum Mall)

Best Babies (Fernwood)

Free pre- and post- natal groups for pregnant people or new parents. Educational sessions, one-on-one support, food vouchers, produce, prenatal vitamis & supplements, baby food demos, healthy snacks and lunch, hospital tours and hospital pre-registration, onsite access to a Public Health Nurse, a Dietitian, and a Dental Hygienist. Call to register. Located at Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave. 

Best Babies (Quadra Village)

A pre- and post-natal program, in cooperation with Victoria Best Babies and Island Health that aims to optimize nutrition and health in expectant new parents and families. Weekly meetings, one to one support plus dietitian, public health nurse and dental hygienist services. Registration required, call Helen at number below. Located at Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria.

Triple P Vancouver Island

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Free to Vancouver Island Parenting. Check out their website for courses closest to you.

Triple P Group

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Topics: ensuring a safe, interesting, and positive learning environment; using assertive discipline, having realistic expectations. Free. Located at South Island Centre for Counselling and Training Conference Room, 3821 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria.

Moms and Mentors

This program matches isolated single moms, who are often grappling with poverty as well as the emotional and psychological difficulties that so often accompany relationship dissolution, with volunteer Mentors for friendship, support, and positive role modeling. Program run by 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, located at 602 Gorge Rd. East, Victoria.

C’NEX

C'NEX was designed for families in Burnside Gorge whose children are in the care of the government or at risk of being taken into care. By using an Integrated Case Management Model, the C'NEX program builds parents' capacity to assess their family needs and strengths. Parents and children are assisted in accessing and creating the appropriate supports. Burnside Gorge is located at 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.

Settlement Servies

Are you an immigrant or refugee looking for information on housing, schools for your kids, and finding a doctor?  Do you have questions about income tax and the Canadian legal system? Or do you just want someone to talk to who understands what it feels like to be an immigrant? ICA’s settlement workers are here to help you! ICA (Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria) is located at 930 Balmoral Rd, Victoria.

Financial Planning for New Parents

Join us as Certified Financial Planner Alexandra (Alyx) Valdal, walks us through some basic financial strategies and answers your questions. Alyx will touch on a variety of topics, including employment insurance (EI), living on a reduced income, savings plans (for you and baby!), setting up a will and life insurance. Free! Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort Street

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Triple P is a Positive Parenting Program that promotes good communication and strong relationships between parents and children. This positive approach to parenting helps parents promote their children’s development and manage their children’s behaviour in a constructive and caring way. Triple P helps parents recognize causes of common child behaviour problems and encourage desirable behaviour in their children. Located at Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria. Contact to find out when the next session is starting. .

Grandparents raising Grand Children Support Circle

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles are anonymous, confidential self-help groups offering weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators. GRG Support Circles help grandparents and others raising a family member’s child learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share their stories and stresses, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover services and resources. The Circles strengthen the first link in a chain that connects positive caregiving with healthy children, and help healthy families build strong communities. Contact to find the group closest to you.

Parent Support Circles

Self-help group providing caregivers and parents with a safe environment in which they can talk about their children, parenting challenges, successes and failures, the stress or worries in their lives, receive support and parenting skills. Support Circles are free, confidential, anonymous, (often) weekly meetings of parents who wish to learn new ways to nurture and protect their children. Contact for locations and times. 

Family Talk – Laugh, Learn & Lunch

Explore the challenges and joys of parenting young children over lunch. Programming will include shared food and group discussions. Limited on-site childminding will be available. Located at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, 1300 Fairfield Rd. Victoria.

Aboriginal Parent Support Group

This is a drop-in support group for all parents with young children (up to the age of 6). A Public Health Nurse is available to answer any questions or parenting concerns. A female Elder is available for guidance and support. Cultural activities are provided and include crafts and beading activities. Dietitian available. You will have the opportunity to: Enjoy social time for both you and your baby, Enjoy a cup of tea with lunch and relax in a safe and comfortable environment. Located at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

PATHWAYS for Families

Small group workshop series covering financial literacy, parenting, cooking, lifelong learning, employment strategies, visioning and goal setting. Located at the Mustard Seed Family Centre, 625 Queens Ave. Victoria.

Tripe P Parenting Group

Triple P Parenting promotes a strong parent-child relationship, enhancement of child development as well as management of children’s behaviour in a constructive and non-harmful way. No Child Care Available. Limited child care subsidy. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria. Contact Barbara, by phone or email. 

Victoria Fertility Centre

The Victoria Fertility Centre (VFC) is a small, progressive fertility clinic with world class facilities and expertise. #207 - 4400 Chatterton Way, Victoria

Victoria Youth Clinic

The Victoria Youth Clinic provides peer support counselling and resource assistance for trans and non-binary youth from ages 12-24. It provides access to doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists and outreach workers. Drop in or call and ask to meet with Lux. Third Floor, 818 Douglas St. Victoria.

Trans Vancouver Island

A resource and information website for transgender and gender diverse people and their allies on Vancouver Island

Rainbow Health Co-operative

Rainbow Health Co-operative is a community owned organization with the mandate to provide healthcare, livelihood and related services to underserved communities. They are a not for profit, community services cooperative. Their primary service is to support individuals and families living with transition related to gender. Drop-in meetings happen on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 from October to June. #107 – 1208 Wharf St, Victoria.

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-in

A drop-in program for trans, gender variant, and Two-Spirit Individuals in the south island area. A safe space to come together, share, create, and support. Last Thursday of every month, 6pm-7:30PM, at the Victoria Public Library, 1st Floor, 900s block group meeting rooms. Contact Marshall Kilduff at the number below.

PFLAG Victoria

A community of and welcome to LGBTIQQTSA persons that are seeking supports, education and resources for parents, families, friends and allies to queer and trans community(s). Call Sharon at the number below. Group meets 3rd Sunday of each month, 2pm, at St. John the Divine off Quadra & Mason St.

Trans Care BC

Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for transgender and gender-diverse people across BC.

Support Group for Parents & Families of Gender Diverse and Trans Children & Youth

The group runs the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at Commonwealth Place, Upside Teen Lounge, 4636 Elk Lake Drive. Another session on the 4th Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30PM at Nellie McClung Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria. Contact Alana for more information: Alana.Goddard@saanich.ca

Gender Spectacular

Monthly drop-in for trans and gender-creative children in grade 7 and younger (ages 0 to 12), and their families (siblings welcome)! This group is also for trans and non-binary parents who have children in grade 7 or younger. Gender Spectacular meets the 2nd Friday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm at Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd, Victoria.

Ambit Gender Diversity

Trans inclusion training and consulting. Their website also includes lots of resources for queer and trans families.

Young Parent Support Network Drop-In

Weekly (Monday mornings) support program for parents who are under 30 years old with children 0-6 years. Hosted by the Young Parent Support Network (YPSN), located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd.

Step by Step Parenting

Drop-in, supportive discussion group for parents and caregivers based on Triple P, S.T.E.P. and other effective parenting strategies. Group is focused on families with children 9 years and under. Topics are based on feedback from parents who attend. Child-minding provided. Hosted by Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria. Call Helene for more information or to register. 

Tripe P Parenting Support

8 to 10 sessions that increases parenting confidence, and aims to make parenting easier. For parents with children 12 months to 12 years of age. The topics discussed offers suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you promote your child’s development and look after yourself as a parent. Hosted at the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria

Individual Parenting Support

Individual appointments/ one-to-one sessions offer opportunities for support, learn new parenting strategies, problem solve your child’s behavior and gain parenting confidence, and find ideas for self-care and coping. For parents with children newborn to 12 years of age. The number of sessions is customized to individual parent’s needs; sessions can be weekdays, or late afternoon, early evening hours. Hosted by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria.

Free Fernwood Legal Clinic

Do you have questions you would like to ask a lawyer? Are you faced with an issue that may require the services of a layer? Free half hour legal information appointment with a practicing family lawyer. Call or email to make an appointment. Location, Fernwood NRG, 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria

BC Family Hearing Resource Society

Their services are available to infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. They include: individual session; speech, language and auditory therapy, sign language instruction, language groups for children and parents, extended family support, parent peer support, deaf mentor sessions, cochlear implant habilitation, access to current research, information and education materials.

Eye See.. Eye Learn

Eye See... Eye Learn is a program that provides kindergarten student with a comprehensive eye exam from a participating BC doctor of optometry. If required, kindergarten students will also receive one free pair of eyeglasses.

ORCCA Dental Clinic Society

ORCCA's purpose is to provide children and adolescents under 19 years of age from low-income families access to oral care in a not for profit setting. It is based on the beliefs that all children and adolescents have the right to healthy oral care and that effective oral care positively transforms the health and lives of children and adolescents.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service is an interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with families and community partners to: support best practice in assessment and treatment of children and youth with feeding, swallowing and nutrition concerns; provide education for families and partners; contribute to current knowledge in order to support optimum, safe nutritional health for clients Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria BC

Map of Child & Youth Mental Health Services

A map of service to support child & youth mental health across BC. Visit their website.

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic

At Vancouver Island Womens Clinic, we offer a range of services for women during your reproductive years, or the years from when your periods start until menopause. Location: 285 Helmcken Rd. Victoria

Island Sexual Health

All things sexual health related. They offer pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinics, education programs and products for people of all genders, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages. Main location: 101-3960 Quadra St. Victoria.

Child & Youth Mental Health (Saanich)

Child, Youth and Family Mental Health Services offers a range of services including short-term crisis intervention, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment and inpatient assessment and treatment planning. Their services are client centred, trauma-informed, least restrictive and collaborative. You can visit the Saanich CYMH location every Tuesday 9am-12pm(noon) and Thursday 12pm-3pm, for drop-in intake. Location: 201-4478 W. Saanich Rd. Victoria.

Child & Youth Mental Health (Victoria)

Child, Youth and Family Mental Health Services offers a range of services including short-term crisis intervention, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment and inpatient assessment and treatment planning. Their services are client centred, trauma-informed, least restrictive and collaborative. You can visit the Victoria CYMH location every Tuesday 9am-12pm(noon) and Thursday 12pm-3pm, for drop-in intake. Location: 302-2955 Jutland Rd, Victoria.

Esquimalt Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 530 Fraser St. Victoria.

Victoria Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 1947 Cook St. Victoria.

Saanich Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 3995 Quadra St. Victoria.

HerWay Home

Child Centred · Women Focused · Family Oriented HerWay Home provides non-judgmental health care and social supports for pregnant and parenting women who have a history of substance use and may also be affected by mental health issues, violence and trauma.

Right from the Start

Right from the Start offers support for pregnant women and new moms, their babies, children and families. Created by women, for women, we recognize that you are the expert of your life. This program offers: prenatal services, postpartum support, breasfeeding support, family and community health, child health clinic and immunization, and Baby's Best Chance (parent handbook). Register today with the online form or by calling your local health unit.

Island Health Immunizations

An opportunity for children 0-5 years to get immunized by Island Health professionals. Available at many locations.

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities. Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria.

Vic West Food Security Collective

The Collective is a group of volunteers who work on projects to strengthen production, consumption, and access to food that is safe, nutritious, affordable, locally produced and environmentally and economically sustainable. Their projects include community kitchen, orchards, urban farming, gardens, potluck dinners

Downtown YMCA-YWCA

The Y offers a range of drop-in programs for toddlers, children and teens, as well as fitness facilities for adults. There is childminding available while you work out. They also run a licensed daycare program.  Location 851 Broughton St. Victoria.

Victoria West Community Association

The VWCA is a non-profit community group that offers programs for children, teens and adults. Current and past programs include Little Steps Preschool, Parent & Tot drop-ins, Mother Goose, Summer Camps, Music and Fun in French. Their larger events include Vic West Fest, the annual corn roast and monthly meetings to discuss concerns of residents. The Vic West Food Security Collective also offer community kitchens, potluck dinners, gardens and orchards to support food security in the community. Located at 521 Craigflower Rd, Victoria.

Oaklands Community Centre

Between their two locations, Oaklands Community Centre and the Oaklands Neighbourhood House, they offer a summer and winter farmers market, a wide arrangement of recreation and fitness programs, a 2.5-5 yr child care centre, out-of-school care, camps, youth drop-in programs, community dinners, events, and learning workshops for everyone - from newborn to 99. Located at 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria

James Bay Community School Centre

The James Bay Community School Centre offers a variety of programs and services: adult recreation and continued learning, child and youth programs, early childhood programs, seniors dinners, community events, and childcare. Location: 140 Oswego St. Victoria.  

Fernwood NRG

The Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society is a non-profit organization. They provide quality child care spaces for children aged 8 months to 5 years old, affordable housing, legal aid for families, community dinner, playtime drop-in, as well as organize annual events for the community. Fernwood Community Centre located at 1240 Gladstone ave, Victoria.

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

The Fairfield Community Place is a community centre and neighbourhood house that offers daycare and preschool programs, out-of-school care, parent and tot drop-ins, seasonal community events, recreation and fitness classes, and workshops of all kinds. Location 1330 Fairfield Rd, Victoria.

Burnside Gorge Community Association

The Burnside Gorge Community Association provides: childcare programs for ages 3.5 to 11; community and school based youth & family services; housing and asset development supports for youth and families; community recreation and special events for all ages; and a variety of community development initiatives. Location 471 Cecilia Rd, Victoria. 

Quadra Village Community Centre

The Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee) is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. They work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of their community: including prenatal support, children's, youth, family, and seniors. Call 250-388-7696. Located at 901 Kings Rd, Victoria.

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling

Formally the Mary Manning Centre, the VCAPCC responds to children, youth and families who are affected by abuse in all its forms as well as abuse related trauma, by providing victim services, counselling, prevention and education.

Men’s Trauma Centre

The Men's Trauma Centre is here to help and support anyone who identifies as a man who has experienced emotional, sexual or physical trauma as a child or an adult. You may have lived with a trauma for years or perhaps this is something that happened to you recently. Call to get the support you need. Located at 102-1022 Pandora Ave Victoria.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment. Need to talk to a counselor right now? Service Access Line: 250-383-3232

Rosalie’s Village

Rosalie's Village proves supportive transitional housing for single mothers with young children age five and under and women ages 40 to 55 who are at risk of homelessness. Also provides three emergency shelter units for single mothers with children to use for up to 60 days. Support services include a day program, work training programs, life skills training, emergency relief, vouchers, workshops, and help transitioning into long-term housing. On-site licensed daycare for infants and children is available. Rent is based on income.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

Emergency shelter for youth ages 13 to 18 who are in crisis and have no safe housing alternatives. Services include information and referral regarding community resources, advocacy, shower and laundry facilities, hygiene supplies, and meals. Staff provide support and counselling for youth and their families while they are in crisis.  Open referral, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; a phone call to check bed availability is recommended.

Mustard Seed Food Bank

Located at 625 Queens Ave, The Mustard Seed Street Church plays a large role in regional food security in Greater Victoria. They provide food hampers, and work collaboratively with 40+ other agencies in Victoria to provide food to their neighbourhoods of operation.

Mustard Seed Family Centre

The Mustard Seed Family Centre aims to reduce the impact of poverty on vulnerable families and when possible, breaking the cycle. They offer: group workshops to help with financial literacy, parenting, cooking, lifelong learning, employment strategies, visioning and goal setting; employment support, job search, referrals, counselling, emergency assistant, family dinners.

Women in Need

Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN) supports women with legal support, housing, employment services, counselling, shelter, crisis support and childcare in Victoria.

Our Place Drop-in Centre

Serving between 600 to 800 people per day, the Drop-In Centre is a sanctuary and community gathering place. Our Nutrition Bar is open between our scheduled hot meals, and serves coffee, tea and baked goods. While the Nutrition Bar is staffed by friendly volunteers, our professional staff of Outreach Workers are there to connect and assist people with their daily needs. Our Message & Mail Centre allows more than 400 people with no fixed address to receive mail and phone messages. Other services include access to computers, clothing, games, library, and more. If you are looking for substance use and addictions support, the Drop-in Centre is the place to start. Located at 919 Pandora Ave. Victoria.

Downtown Community Centre

Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Centre focuses on healthy living, health promotion and social diversity. The Downtown Community Centre provides free, healthy, recreation and life skill programs for adults and youth living and working in the downtown core with a special focus on helping people who are homeless, street involved and at-risk. Located at 755 Pandora Ave. Victoria.

Sandy Merriman House

Emergency Shelter for homeless and at-risk women, including cis women, trans women, and non-binary folks. They have 25 beds, plus 4 more for emergency referrals. In addition to the shelter program, they operate a daytime drop-in program. The Emergency Shelter is located at 809 Burdett Ave. Victoria.

The Cridge Transition House for Women

The Cridge Transition House is a safe place for women with or without children who are escaping violence or abuse in their homes. Abuse can be emotional, psychological or physical.

Victoria Transition House

By providing safe shelter, counselling, and support, Victoria Transition House assists women by providing safe shelter, counselling and support. Their Shelter and Outreach Workers are skilled in helping women find suitable housing, navigate the various systems (legal, medical, financial) and advocate whenever possible. If in need of immediate support call the 24-hour Crisis Line: 250-385-6611

Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre

Enjoy the 50-metre pool, two toddler pools, spray toys, 160-foot water slide, pool toys, water walkway, hot tub, sauna, steam room, weight room, cardio area, fitness and aquafit classes and more!

Esquimalt Recreation

The Esquimalt Recreation Centre is a multi-purpose wellness and community recreation facility with aquatics centre, weight room, gymnasium and multi-purpose spaces. The Archie Browning Sports Centre is a multi-use facility, which includes and ice arena, a six-sheet curling rink, and lounge areas.

Saanich Parks & Recreation

Saanich offers recreation, arts, heritage, culture, social programming and services to the local community through parks and trails, a golf course, four recreation centres, archives and an arts centre.

Recreation Oak Bay

Recreation Oak Bay offers a range of recreational opportunities regardless of age, ability, background and economic status, whether you’re interested in sports, arts, fitness, health and wellness, or personal development.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a non-profit organization that offers parenting support, pre-natal, prenancy and postpartum programs, Best Babies, early childhood programs, preschool, drop-in playtime, community kitchen, and family dinners. Located inside Pearkes Rec Centre (Saanich Recreation), at 3100 Tillicum Rd, behind Tillicum Mall.

Child Care Map

A map of all licensed child care providers that receive Child Care Operating Funding across British-Columbia

Child Care Subsidy

A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help parents and guardians with the cost of full- or half-day child care. 

Victoria Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The CCRR referral/subsidy consultants can do a detailed search for you to find child care, based on your family's specific needs. Visit their website to fill out the referral form.

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