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Additional Information

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.


Child and Family Benefits

Child and Family Benefits

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

SmartSaver – Education Savings

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.

Ready Set Learn

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

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

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

Technical Assistance Centre for Social Emotional Intervention – Printable resources

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:

  • Addressing Behavior
  • Emotions
  • Routines and Schedules
  • Social Skills

Click here for the above resources. 

Translated Resources

We are continually updating these resources, you are welcome to contact us with information you think would be useful.


These should all be links to either posts or PDFs, they do not link out to further pages.

Article about Play

10 things every parent should know about play!

Toddler safety window/balcony decals from BC Ambulance Service
  • Talk to children about window and balcony safety.
  • Window screens are not strong enough to hold the weight of a child – they keep bugs out, not children in.
  • Move furniture and planters away from windows and balcony edges to discourage children from climbing, especially cribs and beds.
  • Install and maintain window safety devices – ensure there is a safe release option in case of a house fire.
  • Keep windows open 10 centimetres or less – children can fit through a space as small as 12 centimetres.
  • Don’t leave children unattended on balconies or in higher floor rooms with open windows.

National Child Day

Information for parents and caregivers: Click here!

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: Click here!