The Tsleil-Waututh Child & Family Development Centre will provide a holistic program for children and families, where they will learn, thrive and grow through incorporating the Tsleil-Waututh culture, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and other cultures.


The Tsleil-Waututh Child & Family Development Centre (CFDC) works to promote healthy development in children, families and the community, using a strength-based approach that is family focused, community-based and culturally inclusive.

Family focused means we help each family identify their goals and support them in reaching these goals, by accessing as many community supports and resources as possible. Some families may find it hard to use certain supports; in this case, we will work with parents to deal with road blocks or look at other supports.

Although we have Tsleil-Waututh culture as part of our curriculum, we will also look at other First Nations’ cultures and the cultures of families enrolled in the centre. Our staff members share their culture and show the children other cultures as well.


We believe:

  • The hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language is our connection to the past
  • We share a responsibility in reviving the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language
  • Elders are our main resource in teaching language, culture and values
  • Parents and families are their children’s main caregivers and teachers
  • In supporting and empowering parents and extended families
  • In supporting families to promote their children’s overall development
  • When children know who they are, they are more successful in life
  • Children learn through play
  • All children have rights and we have an obligation to protect them
  • In providing a welcoming, home-like environment that reflects the cultures of the families we serve
  • Our curriculum must be culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate, and stimulating
  • In providing a holistic program that incorporates six program components:
    1. Culture and language
    2. Education
    3. Health promotion
    4. Nutrition
    5. Family involvement
    6. Social support

Licensed Childcare

We run a licensed childcare program ,with 10 spaces for 0-3 infant-toddlers and 20 spaces for 3-5 pre-school-aged children. We are proud to be part of the $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres program with the Province of BC.

Parents can apply for the waitlist by completing this form and send it to

Please note that our Centre prioritizes Tsleil-Waututh members, siblings of children currently in our care and children of staff. Our Centre is full and we have long waitlists. While we wish we could reply to each of you individually, we simply can’t. The North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program is a resource for families seeking childcare in the North Shore.

Parent Night

We hold weekly parent groups where we provide a meal and child minding. Many of these parent groups have guest speakers on informative topics, while some are informal sessions where parents can enjoy each other’s company and share experiences.


Our HIPPY Program—Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters—reaches out to families with children who are three, four and five years old. We provide activities and support to help children develop literacy and numeric skills for school. Parent involvement is an essential component of the program; our worker gives families simple activities to follow through on with their children. The result? When the children enter school, families see the impact of their efforts and are more likely to be involved with their child’s education.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Our consultants visit homes with children under six years of age to help empower parents in their roles as the primary caregivers and teachers in their children’s lives. These clinical professionals work collaboratively with families to set and reach goals for their children and themselves.

Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Location: 3036 Takaya Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7H 3A8 

To apply for the childcare waitlist, please complete this form and send it to 

For daycare inquiries, please call Community Development Reception 604-924-4177