PISE's children's programs provide a friendly, safe environment to explore movement. PISE uses a combination of structured and unstructured play to help children learn to move to the best of their ability. We inspire creative movement exploration to play your way to confidence, skill development, fun, team work, cooperation, respect and inclusivity. By building a movement vocabulary through games and play, kids build the foundation to live an active, healthy lifestyle. PISE offers programs for children of all abilities ages 18 months and up. Need financial assistance to support a child’s participation? See https://www.pise.ca/grant/ for information on how we may help.
VICCIR assists immigrant and refugees who are suffering from the psychological and emotional wounds from their past experiences by providing quality and accessible counselling services. Offices located in Victoria and Duncan.
The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. FSI is unique in Canada and the only grassroots family-to-family organization with a broad volunteer base. FSI’s supports and services are FREE to any family.
ACT is a not-for-profit society that provides evidence-based information resources and training for the autism community. Our goal is to enable parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives, but much of our information is relevant across neurodiversities. Visit our website to see our free information resources, training video library and our upcoming workshops.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.
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).
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
We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the FGCA staff as we 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. In the main Place building 1330 Fairfield Rd. Please note this program runs together with Drop In Parent & Tot, so space is limited. Participants are encouraged to arrive early. Thursdays, Laugh & Learn 10:30am-11:00am, then Lunch 11:00am-11:30am Free, but donations welcome. *this program does not operate during school closures (summer break, winter break, spring break, Pro D days) Contact for more information.
*Paused indefinitely due to COVID-19* 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An opportunity for children 0-5 years to get immunized by Island Health professionals. Available at many locations.
December 1, 2021: Some Y programs are currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please check the Downtown Y website for the most up-to-date information. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Open from 10 AM-1:30 PM except on the Thursday after income assistance day.
COVID-19 update: The family centre is open and assisting individuals on a case by case basis. 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.
Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN) supports women with legal support, housing, employment services, counselling, shelter, crisis support and childcare in Victoria.
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.
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Enjoy the 50-metre pool, two shallow pools, 160-foot water slide, pool toys, hot tub, sauna, steam room, weight room, cardio area, and more. Plus, recreation programs for all ages to keep your family active, creative, and connected in the community. Located at 2775 Quadra Street.
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 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 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 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.