The ministry recognizes that young children’s early experiences and environment lay the foundation of furture health, success and well-being. The early years, a period of rapid growth and development from conception until age six, are critical for a child's physical, social/emotional and cognitive development. To support parents and caregivers of young children, Early Childhood Development (ECD) provides a range of programs and services designed to ensure children get the best possible start in life.
Programs & Services
Family Resource Programs Building Blocks Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Early Language and Literacy Roots and Seeds of Empathy Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Children First Initiative Success by 6® Child Care Child Care Subsidy StrongStart BC
Children with Extra Support Needs
Infant Development Program Aboriginal Infant Development Program Aboriginal Supported Child Development Supported Child Development Children and Youth with Special Needs
BC Early Years Strategy
The BC Early Years Strategy takes a flexible and responsive approach to the changing needs of families. This cross-ministry strategy outlines government’s commitment to supporting young children and their families during the early years and is guided by the goals of improving the accessibility, quality and affordability of programs and services.
Looking for Early Years Programs?
This map displays the locations and contact information for a range of ECD programs across the province.
Looking for Child Care?
This map displays the locations and contact information for licensed funded child care programs across the province.
Early Years Annual Report
The 2011/2012 Early Years Annual Report is an opportunity for us to outline the array of initiatives and services that support the healthy development of children.