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The Physical Therapist provides support by working with the child towards the development of gross motor milestones. The Physical Therapist facilitates skills such as sitting, standing, walking and moving through developmental positions through the use of activities and specialized equipment. Referrals can come from any sources such as parents and related professionals. Families must want the referral made. Participation in the program is voluntary and all services are provided FREE of charge.
Whistler, Pemberton and Area
1357 Aster St., Pemberton, BC
Phone: 604-894-6106/ fax: 604-894-6333
Phone: 604-894-6656 / Fax: 604-894-5639
Douglas College offers a comprehensive series of prenatal and postnatal classes. All classes are taught by qualified instructors, including nurses and childbirth educators. The classes run thought the year and each series consist of early and late pregnancy preparation, breastfeeding preparation, postpartum and newborn care.
ALL REGISTRATION IS TO BE DONE THROUGH DOUGLAS COLLEGE
Phone: 1-866-930-5472 or visit http://www.douglas.bc.ca
Phone 604-894-6101 Toll free 1-877-894-6106
Public Health nurses provide preventative services such as immunization and new baby follow up, child health clinics, breastfeeding drop in clinics, parent and infant drop-ins, communicable disease follow up and school health resources. In partnership with Options for Sexual Health we also provide sexual health services. Nursing support services provides support to children and youth who have special health care needs.
Squamish and Area
Hours of Operation: 8:30AM – 4:30pm
OPT (Options for Sexual Health) Clinic Tuesdays 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Whistler and Area
WHISTLER: #202, 4380 Lorimer Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Hours of Operation: 8:30 – 4:30pm
OPT Clinic Tuesdays 4:30pm – 7:30pm, call for extended Winter hours.
Pemberton and Area
PEMBERTON 1403 Portage Road, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
Hours of Operation: 8:30 – 4:30pm
Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCSS) is a registered charity founded in 1978. With care, consideration and professionalism, Sea to Sky Community Services Society strives to enhance the quality of life in our communities by providing support services to the individuals and families in the Sea to Sky corridor. SSCSS believes that all individuals have the right to meaningful work, affordable housing and support in times of crisis and to meet every day challenges.
The SSCSS vision is for all individuals in the Sea to Sky Corridor to have opportunities to grow, develop, and lead meaningful lives. The society wants to create communities where everyone can support themselves and one another,
Sea to Sky Community Services Society operates a variety of programs for families and children throughout the Sea to Sky corridor, many of which are listed throughout this directory.
We also have our Child Development Team in Pemberton that provides our Infant Development program, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and child support services.
For more information, please contact our Pemberton office at 604-892-6101 or 604-894-6554, Toll Free: 1-877-894-6106.
For our Squamish office, please contact: 604-892-5796 or Toll Free 1-877-892-2002.
For our Squamish Child Development Team, please contact them 604-567-9097.
Visit our website: http://www.sscs.ca
Vancouver Coastal Health Vision & Hearing Screening is performed in all kindergarten classes throughout the school year.
Offers individual and group counseling to children ages 4 – 18 that have experienced sexual abuse. Serves Britannia Beach, Furry Creek, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie, D’Arcy and Birken areas.
Special Needs Children’s Services provides support to children with special needs who are eligible for MCFD Child and Youth with Special Needs services to access community resources and develop social and communication skills.
The speech and language program offers services for 0-5 years with communication difficulties. If a parent is concerned with his/her child’s speech/language skills such as: pronouncing speech sounds, understanding others, expressing ideas clearly, voice tone, stuttering and loss of speech or language ability or language development please contact a Speech Therapist for information. Referrals are accepted from families, physicians, nurses and all care providers.
Squamish Phone: 604-892-2293
Whistler Phone: 604-932-3202
Pemberton Phone: 604-932-3202
Spinal checkups are recommended for all children, especially 0-6 years of age. Many spinal problems can be detected early and corrected before they become a problem later in life. Treatment includes gentle, specific adjustments and soft tissue techniques to realign and restore proper motion in the spine and pelvis. The Chiropractor will work with parents and other service providers to help promote healthy growth and development.
Symptoms that may indicate your child has a possible spinal problem;
Head tilt to one side
Toeing in or out
Headaches or back pain
Uneven shoulders or hips
Problems with concentration
Gas of colic
Most extended plans include chiropractic care. BC Medical Services Plan provides partial coverage for chiropractic care for those qualifying for premium assistance.
We offer 7 free drop-in weekly storytimes for children and families as well as special seasonal programming. Storytime details are below and all library events are listed on the events calendar. No registration required.
AND check our events page for updated times!
Books for Babies
A 30 minute program featuring stories, songs & nursery rhymes. Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of language & meet other parents in the community.
Newborn – 18 months
Mondays 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Time with Tots
Ages:Toddlers & their caregivers are invited to join a fun filled half-hour of stories, songs, & lots of active movement.
18 months – 2 years
Mondays 10:30 – 11:00 am
Join us for songs & stories that will inspire an interest in books for any preschooler. It is important that children attending this program have already had their 3rd birthday, as the program is geared towards the longer attention spans of 3 – 5 year olds.
3 – 5 years
Fridays 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for a half hour of stories and songs. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to drop in!
Wednesdays 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fridays 10:30 – 11:00 am
Saturdays 10:30 – 11:00 am
Strong Start Drop-in programs are for preschoolers, siblings and their parents/caregivers. The purpose of the Strong Start centers is to proved school-based, high quality, early learning programs for children younger than school age accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
The programs are designed to support the success of children before they are in kindergarten. This is a partnership between Sea to Sky Community Services and School District 48. Strong Start programs operate Monday – Friday 9:00am-12:00pm, and are closed on all school holidays. Strong Start is free of charge. Strong Start programs are currently located in Squamish and in Pemberton.
Parent-tot programs (Whistler) is a drop in for parents and preschoolers in a informal program that provides support, information, circle time activities, free play and a chance for families and children to meet each other. Also available : parent Resource Library, Toy Lending Library, Clothing Exchange and Children’s Book Lending library.
SQUAMISH STRONGSTART CENTRES
Squamish Elementary School Portable
Valleycliffe Elementary School
Myrtle Philip School, Millar Room
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-12:00
PEMBERTON STRONG START CENTRE
Signal Hill Elementary School Portable
OR check out our EVENTS page!
The Supported Child Development Program promotes inclusive, family centered child care practices. The service is available to families with children from birth to twelve years and in some communities, youth 13-19 years that require extra support to participate in child care and community programs. Referrals can come from any source such as: parents, physicians, social worker, infant development consultants, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, physiotherapists and child care providers. Families must want the referral made. Supported Child Care services are provided FREE OF CHARGE.
Squamish Main office
Sea to Sky Early Learning and Child Development Center
38073 Second Ave
Phone: 604-892-8454/Fax: 604-892-8456
Hours: Monday – Friday 830-430pm
1357 Aster St
Phone: 604-894-6101 /Fax: 604-894-6333
The Howe Sound Women’s Centre promotes women’s equality and empowerment. We work from a feminist perspective. This means: supporting women and honoring the diversity of their lives; and responding to and working for change. We believe that this work contributes to the well being of the whole community.
At the Women’s Centre you will find information, referrals and support by telephone or on a drop-in basis. Library of books, pamphlets, quarterly newsletters and videos concerning women’s issues can be found there. Opportunity to meet and share ideas with a network of women from diverse backgrounds, We also provide advocacy- including legal, welfare, disability and human rights issues.
A group experience for parents and their babies and young children focusing on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. The parents are helped to gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create new and positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years. The program runs once a week for ten weeks at a time, the atmosphere is relaxed, with time for visiting and an hour for teaching with the children joining in. Children show a marked improvement in language and pre-literacy skills, gain self-esteem and develop skills. The whole family benefits! This program is FREE TO FAMILIES.
For scheduling information in Squamish and Pemberton, contact
Child Care Recourse and Referral Program
Toll free 1-877-892-2022
OR check out our EVENTS page
A Child’s first eye examination is recommended by the age of 3, by the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Within the Sea to Sky Corridor, children attending early learning programs and drop-in programs will be screened at age 3. Certain eye problems need to be caught early (before school age) top get the best out-come. For more information or to ensure that your preschooler attends a screening event in your community, please contact your local Public Health Nurse or local optometrist.
Annual eye exams are covered under BC Medical for anyone under 19years of age. Contact your local optometrist to book an appointment.
Be alert for symptoms that may indicate your child has a vision problem. Note if your child frequently:
Avoids close work
Holds reading material closer than normal
Tends to rub his or her eyes
Turns or tilts their head to use one eye only
Makes reversals when reading or writing
Uses a finger to maintain their place while reading
Omits or confuses small words while reading
Performs below potential
Closes one eye while reading
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Please ensure a caregiver accompanies young children attending any of these programs. All programs are held in The Burrow, our children’s programming room at the Whistler Public Library.
This program gives children, parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn songs, rhymes and finger plays together. Movement is encouraged and your preschooler’s early language and literacy development is supported.This program meets every Tuesday at 11 am, and is an on-going, free program and registration is not required.
Parent-Infant Drop-In provides an opportunity to develop a supportive social network with other parents of young babies. This program meets every Thursday. It is an on-going, free program and registration is not required.
Books, songs and rhymes for children ages 18 months to 5 years, accompanied by a caregiver. This program meets every Friday. It is an on-going, free program and registration is not required.
This program gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn songs for soothing and entertaining baby while promoting language development. Bring your little one and let’s sing with the babies! For babies aged from 0 – walking on Saturdays at 11 am. Older children are encouraged to come to our Rhyme and Song program on Tuesdays at 11:00 am.
Come in and enjoy this parent-directed hour. We will have board games, materials for crafts, a story corner with felt stories and puppets. This is a drop-in program for families of all ages on Saturday from 3:30-4:30.
The SPEI program is funding and support for single parents on income or disability assistance to return to the workforce. Participants may qualify for up to 12 months of funded training, continued income or disability assistance while in training, and child care costs covered during training or work placement and for the first year of employment.