New centre for childhood studies doubles child care spaces (

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What people are saying about the upcoming Centre for Childhood Studies

Shaun McGrath, Capilano University alumnus and current child care user –

“As a full-time student, knowing my son was happy and well cared for by quality child care educators and only one minute away on campus was absolutely priceless. We felt truly blessed to get a spot for him at the Capilano University Children’s Centre. I am thrilled the new centre for childhood studies means so many more students will be able to benefit by having access to high-quality child care on campus.”

Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour

“I was an active and engaged parent of both my own and my foster children. As such, I know how important it is that parents and children have solid and reliable support throughout the pre- and school-age years. This support enhances their capacity to achieve their full potential. Additionally, the importance of well-trained and committed early childhood educators cannot be overstated as a critical part of our society. That’s why centres like this new one underway at Capilano University are so important. They help provide stability and a safe place for parents, students and kids to grow, learn and thrive, in child care, or as early childhood educators.”

Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Londsdale

“Access to affordable, high-quality child care is one of the most common challenges faced by young families in North Vancouver. Capilano University’s new state-of-the-art centre for childhood studies will not only double child care spaces available on campus, but also help increase the number of early childhood educators who can support other child care facilities throughout our communities.”

Facts about the centre for childhood studies

The new centre for childhood studies will include:

  • A 74-space child care centre (24 spaces under 36 months; 50 spaces 30 months to school age) on the ground floor.
  • Purpose-built classrooms, student study space and administrative space on the second floor for the early childhood care and education diploma, bachelor and post-baccalaureate programs.

The current 69-space Capilano University Children’s Centre (24 spaces under 36 months; 45 spaces 30 months to school age) is a not-for-profit child care facility run by the university and licensed by Vancouver Coastal Health under Community Care Licensing.

  • The current facility opened in 1973 and will remain in operation when the new centre for childhood studies opens.