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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.

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!

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; Westshore group meets every Thursday 9:30 to 11AM.

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.

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, counseling 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, counseling 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.

SEAPARK Leasure Complexe

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, counseling, 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 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 Referra (CCRR) Consultant to receive extra information and ideas. Located at the Sooke CCRR, 100-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.

Sooke Family Resource Society

This is an opportunity for your child to socialize and explore. Watch your child learn and grow with play experiences, art, and circle time. We provide a snack! Located at 100-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke

West Shore Family Resource Society

This is an opportunity for your child to socialize and explore. Watch your child learn and grow with play experiences, art, and circle time. We provide a snack! Located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood,

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

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

Sooke 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

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. 

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.

Esquimalt Craft & Play Drop-in

Promoting language development, social skills and healthy attachments through song, crafts and play. Dress for mess and outside play! Free. At Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. 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)

Everyone Welcome Playgroup

A drop-in parent-child interactive group; opportunities provided for parents and children to have fun, bond and interact through crafts, circle time, and outside play. Opportunities provided to learn from staff and others through role modeling and in-the-moment learning around positive parenting, child safety and development, and being physically active, while secure parent-child relationships are promoted. $2.75 per child. At Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St, Victoria (hosted by the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House). 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

Ambit Gender Diversity

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

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

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.

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.

Baby Bed Program

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

Island Health Immunizations

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

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Councelling

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

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. 

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