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Child Care

The City’s role in child care is related to its legislated responsibility to oversee land use and development to ensure the efficient use of land. A safe, livable and healthy environment includes access to quality child care services that reflect the particular needs of the community. Investment in quality child care services can have positive social and economic returns for children, families and the community.

The City is an active partner with senior levels of government, other municipal governing bodies, the community, parents and child care providers in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive child care system. A comprehensive child care system encourages equitable access to quality programs that are accessible and affordable to all residents of the City.

Child Care Strategy

In 2009, the City adopted a Child Care Policy and Plan to provide an overall framework and specific actions to be implemented to help support child care facilities in the City of North Vancouver.

Updates to Child Care Policy & Plan

In 2017 / 2018, the City will be updating the existing Child Care Policy and Plan, replacing it with a new Child Care Strategy. A needs analysis is currently underway and will help inform the City’s objectives for child care in our community.

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Connect for Kids

Connect for Kids is a one-stop link to information and support for North Shore families. It contains information about hundreds of child and family services on the North Shore. Whether you're a parent, caregiver or a professional working with children and families, you'll find useful information here. You can connect to places that offer child care, out-of-school activities for children, parent programs, multicultural support, family resources and much more.

Starting a Child Care Facility

The establishment and operation of child care facilities is governed by provincial and municipal regulations and responsibilities. The City of North Vancouver allows for the development of child care facilities in all its land use zones. Persons interested in establishing a child care facilityin the City should discuss their plans with a City Community Planner and review the child care business license and building permit requirements.

Child Care Capital Investment Fund

Registered non-profit societies may apply to the Child Care Capital Improvement Fund for the purpose of expanding, repairing renovating or purchasing new equipment for child care facilities in the City.

Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRR)

The City works in close partnership with the North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program operated by the North Shore Community Resource Society. The program provides services, support and consultation to parents, care providers, community agencies, municipalities, and the public on issues related to child care and early years.

Services for providers include workshops and training, newsletters, a resource library, equipment and resource lending kits, laminating and photocopying services, and job postings. Services for parents include information and referrals on child care options for children, birth to 12 years of age; parent packages which include information on how to evaluate and select child care services that best meet the needs of individual children and their families; and information on recent fee surveys. CCRR staff can also assist families in applying for provincial child care subsidies.

North Shore Child Care Planning Committee

City staff play an active role on the North Shore Child Care Planning Committee. The Committee's mission is "To provide a structure that promotes collaborative planning for child care issues on the North Shore".

Contact Info

Heather Evans
Community Planner
Tel: 604-982-3993

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