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You and Your Baby

Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development, and more. Connect with other parents on the Peninsula. For prenatal families and families with infants up to 12 months. In partnership with Island Health, public health nurses provide information and support, together with the facilitator and guest speakers.

Artemis Young Parent Program

Artemis Young Parent Program has an on-site infant/toddler centre for young parents who attend Artemis Secondary School. The program supports pregnant teens and young parents under age 20 in a nurturing community while also providing a safe, stimulating environment for their children. The staff of experienced Early Childhood Educators provide responsive care for the children along with building respectful, trusting relationships with their families. There are rich and varied experiences to support all aspects of children's well-being while nurturing their cultural and familial traditions. The team of ECE’s, Counselors and a Public Health Nurse offers pre-natal and parenting education, individual and group counselling, support and advocacy.  Parents are also given the opportunity to connect with other students to share the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Breastfeeding Solutions

Breastfeeding Solutions is a 90 minute group medical visit shared by 3 to 5 mothers and babies.  During the session each mother has a chance to meet privately with Dr. Jennifer Wickens for a breastfeeding medicine consultation. Eva Bild, breastfeeding educator, provides expert help with latching and breastfeeding methods. There is an opportunity for discussion and questions.  Please go to the linked website to fill out the registration form. Meetings are held at Saanich Neighbourhood Place 1-2 times per month, on Friday mornings.

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-Thursday from 9am-1pm (lunch is served at 12 pm daily). Activities may include regalia making, fitness, playgroups, health talks, crafts, and parent support groups. Call ahead to register.

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.

La Leche League (West Shore)

In light of the enhanced public health strategies to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, La Leche League Canada has suspended all in-person meetings and events until further notice. Free prenatal and free group meeting information: https://www.lllc.ca/virtual-meetings-calendar Virtual meetings mean geography is no longer a barrier! Feel free to click on the Group name on the date and time that suits you: https://www.lllc.ca/groups-map 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.

La Leche League (Esquimalt)

In light of the enhanced public health strategies to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, La Leche League Canada has suspended all in-person meetings and events until further notice. Free prenatal and free group meeting information: https://www.lllc.ca/virtual-meetings-calendar Virtual meetings mean geography is no longer a barrier! Feel free to click on the Group name on the date and time that suits you: https://www.lllc.ca/groups-map 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.

La Leche League (Saanich Peninsula)

In light of the enhanced public health strategies to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, La Leche League Canada has suspended all in-person meetings and events until further notice. Free prenatal and free group meeting information: https://www.lllc.ca/virtual-meetings-calendar Virtual meetings mean geography is no longer a barrier! Feel free to click on the Group name on the date and time that suits you: https://www.lllc.ca/groups-map 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.

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.

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

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/

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.

Peninsula Babies

Registered program. Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development and more. For families in the prenatal stage on to infants of nine months. 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: peninsulababies@beaconcs.ca

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.

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. 

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)

In light of the enhanced public health strategies to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, La Leche League Canada has suspended all in-person meetings and events until further notice. Free prenatal and free group meeting information: https://www.lllc.ca/virtual-meetings-calendar Virtual meetings mean geography is no longer a barrier! Feel free to click on the Group name on the date and time that suits you: https://www.lllc.ca/groups-map 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.

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)

January 2022: Due to current Public Health Orders, our programs are adapting often. Some programs are postponed, some are running virtually, and others are happening in person with enhance safety protocols in place. Please check in with program coordinators regularly or contact admin@snplace.org for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding during this time. About the Program *Running virtually in January 2022* 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 or email to register. Located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Victoria (inside Pearkes Rec. Centre, behind Tillicum Mall).

Best Babies (Fernwood)

Victoria Best Babies is continuing to provide services through the COVID-19 pandemic. We serve pregnant and parenting parents of children ages 0-1 year. If you are a parent in need, please call or text Laura for more information at 250-216-1938.

Victoria Best Babies is a Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program sponsored by Fernwood NRG with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Post-natal discussion groups run on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This group is for parents and their babies ages 0 months-1year old. Discussions are led by various members of the staff and the community. Our Public Health Nurse, Dietitian, Program Coordinator, and Family Support Worker are available for support.

Pre-natal classes run on Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This group is for pregnant people and their older toddlers (if applicable). Discussions are led by various members of the staff and the community. Our Public Health Nurse, Dietitian, Program Coordinator, and Family Support Worker are availab

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.

Young Parent Play & Connect

January 2022: Due to current Public Health Orders, our programs are adapting often. Some programs are postponed, some are running virtually, and others are happening in person with enhance safety protocols in place. Please check in with program coordinators regularly or contact admin@snplace.org for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding during this time. About this Program A play and discussion group for parents under 29 years old and their children. Please contact Tanya to register. Located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd.

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

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.

Island Health Immunizations

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

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

Community Centre & Neighbourhood Houses Fairfield Gonzales Community Association is a City of Victoria recognized neighbourhood that works to create a connected, collaborative, inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable community. Offering varied child care services, programming for youth, recreation and food security, hosts community events, provides and promotes community planning and family drop-in programs. Location: 1330 Fairfield Road. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 

Youth Programming The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association hosts both registered and drop-in based Youth Programming for youth grades 5-8. Registered programming takes place from Monday to Wednesday and includes Pro-D Care. Youth in attendance arrive from nearby schools and are able to access resources available at the Community Centre. Youth in Grades 5-7 are able to access drop-in programming on Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30-5:30pm. Further, Youth who attend middle school are able to attend drop-in programming on Friday evenings from 6-9:30pm. All drop-in programs are available by donation. For more information visit our website or contact youth@fairfieldcommunity.ca. Recreation Programming The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association offers child friendly recreation programming. Registration is required for attendance and fees vary. Check out our website for more information: Early ChildhoodSchool Age. FGCA Family Talk – Laugh, Learn & Lunch Mondays- 1335 Thurlow Road (Garry Oak , 10:30-12:30pm An opportunity for parent and children to explore and play together, to meet other families and caregivers, and learn about the community resources. FGCA experienced childminding staff are available to support in the exploration of the challenges and joys of parenting young children over lunch. Programming includes a shared snack & lunch and group discussion. There is limited onsite childminding available and parents and guardians are required to be present on site. By donation. FGCA Parent & Tot Play group (drop-in) Tuesdays- 1330 Fairfield Road, 10:00am – 11:30am. Thursdays- 1335 Thurlow Road, 9:30-11:00am.  The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association offers drop-in parent & tot programming. Come and join us for some indoor play time! This is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to meet and play in an informal atmosphere.  There will be limited supplies offered to maintain the health and safety of all participants. By donation.  Food Security Fairfield-Gonzales Twice Monthly Community Dinners The FGCA is excited to announce the return of our community dinner program! Come by the community centre to pick up a tasty meal to go to enjoy at home. There is no need to pre-register, meals will be available while supplies last on a first come, first served basis. Second and last Friday of the month (excluding December) from 4-5:30 pm, meals available for take out while supplies last. Cost by donation, suggested $5 for an individual or $10 for a family at Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road. Community Freezer Offers a selection of frozen foods available for community members to take what they need. Inside the foyer of Fairfield Community Place, open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Neighbourhood Pantry Offers a selection of non-perishable foods and hygiene items. Outside of the main entrance of Fairfield Community Place. Anyone is welcome to take and/or donate. Thursday Market Shop Provides a selection of rescued foods including fruits and vegetables, frozen food, dairy, and non-perishables. Food is available starting at 5 pm while supplies last. Please bring your own reusable shopping bags. Tuesday Pantry Shop Provides a selection of rescued foods including fruits and vegetables, frozen food, dairy, and non-perishables. This program is available by registration only, please call 250-382-4604 or email event@fairfieldcommunity.ca. Monthly Clothing Swap Do you need some new duds? Come shop for free on the first Saturday of the month! Donated clothing is sorted by our volunteers and includes clothes for all ages and styles! It’s free for anyone to participate – come and fill up a bag to take home. First Saturday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm at Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road.  Child Care FGCA Early Years programs includes three licensed child care programs for the children between ages 10 months to 5 years old. Our Early Years programs are child-led, play-based and outdoor-focused in nature. The FCGA believes that children have a desire to grow, play and learn, as well as to explore and construct knowledge about the world around them through peer and play based experiences. All our programs follow the Early Learning Framework and participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. The three licensed child care programs are:  Huckleberry Infant-Toddler Centre for ages Ages: 10 – 36 months; Camas Early Years center - Ages: 3 – 5 years; Moss Rock Preschool - Ages: 3 –5. See website for more information.   

Burnside Gorge Community Association

Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) provides social support, child care, recreation, youth and family services, and community development programs as well as a number of special events and partnership initiatives to children, youth, families, and seniors in the Greater Victoria area.

Programming includes:

  • Child care – Licensed before and after school care, winter, spring, and summer day camps for children 5-11.
  • Youth Services – School-based counselling and recreation programs; youth outreach to at-risk youth and youth transitioning from Government care to independence; adventure day camps for youth during spring, summer, and winter breaks.
  • Family Services  - community-based counselling services for families who struggle with parenting, finances, and other issues that are a barrier to meeting their children’s needs; direct housing and financial assistance to families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; long term financial literacy and asset development for families in subsidized housing; parent and child programs including a weekly community dinner and a Resource Room for low-income families to access free clothing, food and toiletries.
  • Community Recreation and Special Events – Range of fitness and recreation opportunities for children, youth, families, and seniors; community-wide celebrations and special events.
  • Community Development – Community newsletter; Community History projects; Public Art projects; environmental initiatives such as Friends of Cecelia Ravine and the Cecelia Ravine Community Gardens; Neighbourhood improvement and place-making projects.

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.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

January 2022: Due to current Public Health Orders, our programs are adapting often. Some programs are postponed, some are running virtually, and others are happening in person with enhance safety protocols in place. Please check in with program coordinators regularly or contact admin@snplace.org for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

About Us
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a non-profit organization that offers parenting support, pre-natal, pregnancy and postpartum programs, Best Babies, early childhood programs, preschool, drop-in playtime, community kitchen, and family dinners. Locations SNP Pearkes (main location for programs): 3100 Tillicum Road, behind Tillicum Mall SNP Child and Family Centre: 3120 Tillicum Road, behind Pearkes Rec Centre SNP Royal Oak Neighbourhood House: 4525 West Saanich Road SNP Broad View: 3703 St. Aidans Street

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