“All children are born to grow, to develop, to live, to love, and to articulate their needs and feelings for their self-protection.” – Alice Miller

Resources

Screen Time and More Active Play

To learn more about how this relates to your child’s development and tips for reducing screen time visit the following:

ParticipAction – New, National Campaign with a lot of interesting resources and information.

10 ways to help your kids play more!

Activities

Some fun, easy, activity ideas and how they help your child’s development, in a variety of ways.

Play Dough

Outdoor Play

Art activities

Bubbles activity

For children’s social and emotional development

Heart-Mind Online

A vital resource for parents, caregivers and educators, with resources to educate the hearts and mind of children and promote children’s social and emotional development.

For a brand new collection of resources to build capacity in individuals and communities, produced by the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, visit their website!

Agencies that can provide services:

Summer Reading Club

Get ready to”book a trip” this summer! See where books and reading can take you! Kids of all ages are encouraged to join the Book a Trip 2018 Summer Reading Club. Join the Summer Reading Club. Registration starts Friday, June 15 and continues until the middle of July. Find out more!

Physical Literacy for Preschoolers

Start young! To become physically literate, it is important to understand the basics of physical literacy and provide your preschooler with the right building blocks from the beginning. Learning how to count, read and write, goes hand-in-hand with the need for ALL children to learn how to be physically literate in a healthy, safe and positive way. Find out more!

Spirit of the Children Society (SOTCS)

Spirit of the Children Society (SOTCS) is an Aboriginal non-profit society serving families in the Burnaby, New Westminster, and the Tri-Cities area (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody).We work to empower and strengthen Aboriginal families by providing support and resources through the programs we offer. Follow the link above for early childhood programs, services and supports. Click here!

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Their AIDP offers a variety of supports for Aboriginal parents and their child who are at risk of, or who may be experiencing developmental delays. They work in partnership with community partners such as: Public Health Nurses, Doctors, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Specialists. Referral services are provided when needed. Click here!

Burnaby Pacific Grace Church

Burnaby Pacific Grace Church

We welcome and support families and children. Mother Goose program is the activity we run in spring and autumn to encourage and help parents to develop strong and healthy bonding with their young children.  Focus on character development and team building, Awana is a Saturday night program for children from age 3 to 11.  It is a full 2 hour program with activities.  We provide a safe and fun environment for children to learn and grow healthy self in body, mind and soul. During summer, day camps are the highlight for all of our volunteers and children.

Burnaby Public Library

Burnaby Public Library

Nearly 6,000 people visit Burnaby Public Library every day. With four branches conveniently located throughout the city, Burnaby Public Library provides access to a rich array of the world’s stories, ideas and information. Our vision is a vibrant community where all people are informed, literate and entertained. BPL offers outstanding collections, programs and services for children from birth through Grade 7. Come and Explore!

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

At some point in life, everyone gets stuck. Since 1928, people experiencing challenges have been turning to Family Services of Greater Vancouver—a community-based not-for-profit organization providing crucial social services to children, youth, adults, and families across Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey. We offer support, provide hope, and present opportunities—helping people realize and create possibilities for themselves. All of our work is about building healthy, vibrant tomorrows.

Burnaby Family Life

Burnaby Family Life

The Burnaby Family Life (BFL) is an accredited, multi-service agency that provides a wide range of services to the whole community of Burnaby, in all its diversity.  BFL is a non profit, non partisan society governed by a Board of Directors, incorporated February 1971.  Our organization strives to support the successful settlement and integration of immigrants into Canadian society, to provide learning opportunities, emotional and practical supports, childcare and counselling services and to strengthen our community by empowering individuals and their families.  Our programs specialize in serving the vulnerable population.

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Our 12 neighbourhood Clubs give our kids a place to be amazing, safe, and have fun! We also provide substance-abuse services and support to some of the most vulnerable youth in our community. We offer counselling and employment services for youth and families. We offer programs for families with new babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and parents of teens. And we offer a summer wilderness camping adventure, Camp Potlatch, which is second to none.

East Burnaby Family Place

East Burnaby Family Place

East Burnaby Family Place is a community neighbourhood facility that provides a free service for parents, caregivers and children aged newborn to school-aged. Parents and caregivers can meet others in a supportive and friendly environment to share experiences, information and ideas.

We provide a resource library, toy lending library, volunteer opportunities, a fully qualified E.C.E. teacher, referrals to outreach programs, clothing exchange, parenting programs, hot lunch days and an informative monthly newsletter.

Children can learn invaluable social skills and share with peers in our playroom equipped with creative and educational toys, puzzles, paint and craft materials. We encourage free play and have structured activities such as craft time, circle and story time and outdoor play.

MOSAIC BC

MOSAIC BC

MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia, Canada. With the vision to create “A World of Multicultural Harmony”, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is well supported by its mission to Build Bridges, Harvest Diversity and Foster Integration.

Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Burnaby Neighbourhood House provides a free family drop in for parents/caregivers and children 0-5.  The drop in includes free play time, a healthy snack and circle time.  Parents/caregivers can access information about early childhood development or attend parent information sessions.  Three locations.  Call Maheen at 604-431-0400 for more information.

Cameray Child and Family Services

Cameray Child and Family Services

The Parent Support Program at Cameray Child and Family Services offers individual parenting support sessions for expecting parents and parents with children 0-5 years.  We also offer educational and interactive parenting groups Monday – Friday year-round.  Group topics include: Mother Goose, Nobody’s Perfect, Positive Discipline, Anger in Families, Songs and Stories, Attachment Parenting, and more!

Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

The goal of the Society is to provide culturally sensitive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are facing family violence. We also provide groups for children (2 -5 years old) and their caregivers. The groups mainly focus on helping children to increase interest in developmentally appropriate activities, increasing social contacts and enhancing communication skills.