Burnaby has many activities, events, programs and resources for families with children from birth to 6 years old. Below you’ll find links to this interesting and useful information. There is dad/male caregiver specific resources and supports too!

National Child Day

Information for parents and caregivers:

UNICEF promotes developing awareness of National Child Day by learning more about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, with a link to a summary of the articles included in this historic human rights treaty. In child-friendly language:

Preschool Programs

Physical Literacy: what is it? why is it important? where are the programs? Click here to learn: Physical Literacy

City of Burnaby’s Preschool Programs

Agencies for Children and Families

Burnaby Agencies


SmartSaver – Education Savings

SmartSaver is an excellent way to begin saving money for your child’s education. Your child’s higher education is important to you, but you may not know how you’ll be able to afford it. Start your child’s education savings with free money from the Government of Canada. Apply for the Canada Learning Bond. If your child was born January 1, 2004 or after, and you qualify for the National Child Benefit Supplement, you could get your child up to $2,000.

Child and Family Benefits

There are many child and family benefits to which you may be eligible.

Ready Set Learn 

A community resource guide for families with children from birth to 5 years old. There is also information for Aboriginal, Newcomer and low-income families, and families with Special Needs children.

Community Resource Guide 

A comprehensive community resource guide serving Burnaby and New Westminster, for all families and all ages.


Looking for community, government or social services? Dial 211.

FREE Parent’s Helpline: Provides you with help when you need it.

Technical Assistance Centre for Social Emotional Intervention – Printable resources

The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. This series was developed in collaboration with Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion and Bal Swan Children’s Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The Backpack Connection Series includes handouts in four categories:

Low-Income Families

For a comprehensive list of links and information for low-income families, visit Ministry for Children and Families, Supporting Affordability. 

Burnaby Community Services

Offers a range of programs for families with low income:

  • Burnaby Camping Bureau – Families with low income may qualify for camping subsidies for their children
  • Community Volunteer Income Tax & Form Completion Programs – Call our office for days and times of year-round clinics
  • Burnaby Christmas Bureau – Families with low income may qualify to receive gifts over the holidays

Burnaby Recreation Credit Program

Families and individuals with low income may qualify for “credits” to be used at Burnaby recreation facilities. For information, call 604-320-2277 or visit our website.

Kidsport Burnaby

Provides grants to help kids in financial need an opportunity to participate in organized sports.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Provides children in financial need with grants to cover equipment, registration/transport costs for active recreation and sport activities.

Affordable Family Fun

Check link on City of Burnaby’s website for information about affordable family fun for everyone.

Benefits for Families – Government of Canada

Fathers and Male Caregivers Specific Resources and Supports

Fraser Health – Information for Dads

  • Dad’s role in pregnancy
  • Preparing for delivery
  • Dealing with the unexpected
  • Your first days as dad
  • Beyond the birth: Growing into fatherhood

24HourCribside Assistance 

  • A site for dads by dads.

Free Phone App Idea from the UK – Best Beginnings

  • Supports fathers through pregnancy and early childhood.
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!

The YMCA Child Care Resource and Referral

Quarterly Newsletter with interesting articles for parents and a list of free events and supports and services.

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!


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