Our mission is to support families with young children in building healthy relationships and community networks, by providing services and programs in a welcoming, nurturing and respectful environment.
The South Vancouver Family Place Society (previously known as the Vancouver Life Skills Society) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that offers programs and services to families and caregivers with young children, birth to age 5. We offer a family drop-in program (some called Strong Start centres) at 7 locations as well we operate the Kids Care Preschool which is a licensed preschool.
Our office and central location is located at South Vancouver Family Place, 7710 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver. It is on Bobolink Park just west of Kids Care Preschool.
Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds and represent more than 15 language and cultural groups. The Staff are trained in early childhood education, special needs training, counselling, social work, family resource program training, early literacy training and other related education.
South Vancouver Family Place acknowledges and embraces a diverse spectrum of families and creates an inclusive environment for all.
History of South Vancouver Family Place Society
In 1975 the Vancouver Life Skills Society (now known as South Vancouver Family Place Society) was established and had as its major objective to prevent, reduce and relieve family stress resulting from raising children in isolation, as well as from poverty, abuse, violence, single parenthood and social isolation due to language and cultural barriers. The society incorporated in June 1977 and its major project was to find a permanent home for its activities.
Family Place's first home was 4932 Victoria Drive and later relocated to the Fraserview Boys and Girls Club on Victoria and 60th Avenue. The next move was to a small mall located at 2295 East 61st. Meanwhile Kids Care Preschool opens under the society's umbrella in 1995, offering both kinder care and preschool programs. Family Place joined the preschool on Bobolink Park in 2001 when the City of Vancouver generously provided a building and location for Family Place. With the very generous support of the City for these two building and their support to maintain these sites, we see this as our home for many years to come.
In the early nineties one of our parents at Family Place created a logo for Family Place that was used on many publications. It depicted a little tree house, housing the many families attending Family Place programs. In 2007 the board of directors wanted a new look for Family Place and held a contest for a new logo creation. Danielle Ragas (then 12 yrs. old) created a beautiful logo depicting a family under a canopy of hearts.
Since 2002 there has been a great deal of expansion of the family drop-in model and as of 2011 we now offer family drop-ins (some called Strong Start centres) in 7 location throughout South Vancouver.