Stop by Toys & Tumbles for some pre-bedtime open gym fun! This NEW drop-in parent & tot free-play time (weekly from 5:30 - 7:15 pm) features sports equipment, tumbling mats, ride-on toys and more! Drop-in $3/Child; $2/Sibling. Takes place at Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney BC.
The Sidney 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 designated to supplement a client's food needs. The Sidney 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
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.
Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney
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 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.
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!
Keyworker services are provided at no cost to families for children (0-18 yrs) with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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
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.
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.
We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC
Prenatal Services at the Peninsula Health Unit include: 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. Post Natal Services include: Postpartum Support (offers physical and emotional support to new moms and their babies, including infant feeding, and you and your baby’s well-being and care); Breast-feeding Support (clinic-based); Family & Community Health (referrals to health & community resources as needed); Child Health Clinics & Immunizations.Location: 2170 Mt Newton Cross Rd. Saanichton BC.
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com for registration.
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.
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.
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
A signatory to the Douglas Treaty of 1850, Tsartlip First Nation is one of four Saanich tribes situated on the Saanich Peninsula of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. (Saanich Nations include Pauquachin, Tsawout and Tseycum). Meaning “land of maples” in the SENC'OTEN language, the Nation’s main community is located near the town of Brentwood Bay. In addition to the Band office, community facilities offer employment on the Nation’s territory including the health centre, school, school board, and the offices of the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language, and Culture Council.
As Pauquachin people, we seek to build a healthy, self-reliant and economically strong community where every family is learning from and honoring each other. We will root our future actions in the culture, traditions and languages of our people, which will be done through appreciating our history on this land. The community of Pauquachin , a name generally meaning “the land of cliffs and bluffs”, is historically a First Nations community that is located on Southern Vancouver Island. Pauquachin was originally part of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nation, which also includes Tsawout, Tsartlip, and Tseycum. These bands share a common history and territory. The Saanich Nation belongs to the broader cultural group known as Central Coast Salish.
Tseycum (Union Bay Indian Reserve No.4) is one of the four Saanich villages of Southern Vancouver Island, we are at the centre of Patricia Bay on the Saanich Peninsula. In the Sencoten langauge, Tseycum is spelled Wsikem and means Land of Clay. Tseycum is self governed and offers assistance to its members and guests by way of Health, Youth, Elder, Community, Employment and Financial support.
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.
The Tsawout First Nation is one of five bands that constitute the Saanich Nation. The other bands of the Saanich Nation are Tsartlip, Tseycum, Malahat and Pauquachin. Saanichton Bay has historically been, and continues to be significant to the Saanich peoples of Tsawout. Saanichton Bay was one of the main winter village sites of the Saanich peoples, and that is why Tsawout “Indian Reserve” is located there today. It is important to mention that the people of Tsawout were not stationary at Saanichton Bay year-round, though this was our "headquarters". Our SENCOTEN Language, place names, stories, history is what defines our territory and speaks to our long standing relationship to the land and waters.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
IMFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counseling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Victoria Fertility Centre (VFC) is a small, progressive fertility clinic with world class facilities and expertise. #207 - 4400 Chatterton Way, Victoria
Victoria's Online Youth Portal
A resource and information website for transgender and gender diverse people and their allies on Vancouver Island
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.
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.
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.
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
Trans inclusion training and consulting. Their website also includes lots of resources for queer and trans families.
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 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'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.
Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria BC
A map of service to support child & youth mental health across BC. Visit their website.
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
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 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.
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.
The Baby Bed program is a safe sleep initiative that provides a bed for baby and care items to promote a healthy start in life. The beds can be used until babies are up to four or five months old or when they begin to roll. Participating families are also connected to public health nurses and programs that support baby, mom and family. Offered by Island Health, contact your local health unit or visit the website for more information
An opportunity for children 0-5 years to get immunized by Island Health professionals. Available at many locations.
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.
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.
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.
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
A map of all licensed child care providers that receive Child Care Operating Funding across British-Columbia
A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help parents and guardians with the cost of full- or half-day child care.
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.