The following is a list of organizations which have programs and services that are useful for parents/guardians of children ages 0 to 6 in Abbotsford.
Abbotsford Early Years: Community Partners
Abbotsford Community Services provides a wide variety of programs and services including multi-cultural services, programs for young children, seniors and many more.
Abbotsford Child & Youth Committee
The Abbotsford Child and Youth Committee (ACYC) is a group of community partners, including service providers and family members, that are dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and families in Abbotsford. On the Abbotsford Child & Youth Committee website you can find online resources, local programs, services and supports including mental health and substance use resources for children, youth and families in Abbotsford. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive listing of programs available in the community from recreation and social programs to supports for challenging issues including meeting basic needs and mental health.
Abbotsford Early Childhood Committee
Public health units provide information on child health, growth, and development, as well as services which include screening, assessment, referrals, immunizations, communicable disease control, and access to resource materials. They also offer prenatal and postnatal services, as well as programs that focus on health promotion.
The Abbotsford School District is committed to providing learners of all ages and abilities with a multitude of innovative programs and educational support. We are guided in what we do by our mission statement: “Preparing and inspiring our students for a lifetime of success through respect, opportunity and innovation”.
The Central Abbotsford Community School is a non-profit organization that offers early years, school-aged and adult programming at 7 different schools in our area. As a community school, our goal is to enrich the lives of the people in the community by offering a wide range of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. We offer free and cost-effective classes and special events to ensure that every member of our community has the opportunity to participate in our programs.
The Ministry of Children & Family Development is available for meetings with children and families; they deal with issues such as family conflict, self-esteem, and behavioural programs, provide onsite counselling when necessary, and provide families with resources available or refer parents to proper agencies.
The Child Care Resource & Referral program acts to link families and child care providers within the community by offering quality child care referrals, resources and support to child care providers and parents. Your community's BEST source of child care information and resources.
The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, in partnership with parents and community, provides services to children 0-18 years with developmental delays and/or disabilities. With offices in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack, we care for a child's growth and development both on-site and through outreach services which encompass support, consultation and direct therapy through Early Intervention Services for children birth to 5 years, School Age Services for children aged 6-18 years and through Specialized Services developed in response to our community need.
Hand in Hand works in partnership with the community to provide affordable, quality child care on-site at 13 elementary schools. Hand in Hand provides licensed before & after school care for 5-12 year olds including full day programs on Pro-D days, Spring & Christmas break, and through the summer months. Preschool is offered at 6 of the sites.
Ministry of Child & Family Development
Phone: 604-870-5880 | Visit Website
The Ministry of Children & Family Development offers a wide range of programs and services to children, youth, parents, families, people with special needs, and those fighting addictions. Services are contracted out to community agencies and delivered directly by the following teams:
- Child Protection Investigation Team, Guardianship and Adoption Team, Protective Family Service Team, Youth Team, Child and Youth with Special Needs Team, Child and Youth Mental Health Team, Resource Team (fostering)
The New Beginnings program, a coordinated effort between Abbotsford Community Services and the Abbotsford School District, provides full and part-time programs for young parents to complete or upgrade their high school education, as well as high quality childcare, parenting courses, and individual support.
StrongStart is a free, drop-in, parent participatory early learning program for preschool-aged children. A qualified early childhood educator leads activities, including stories, music and arts, to help children grow linguistically, emotionally and socially, and become comfortable in a school-like setting. There are StrongStart Centres throughout the community.
United Way has been helping people in the Lower Mainland for more than 80 years. Working with over 150 community partners, we fund over 300 programs each year to create a better future for children, families and seniors.
The West Abbotsford Community School Society offers programs to provide educational, recreational, and social activities for the children and families in the diverse community of West Abbotsford. They offer children, youth, and adult programs that range from flexible fees to free and from registration required to drop-in.
In addition to food distribution, in partnership with Abbotsford Community Services and other amazing people, AFB offers our guests free dental care at our on-site clinic, kids’ soccer camps, seasonal fresh produce, special Christmas Hampers, and other exciting programs.
Healthy Abbotsford is a city-wide initiative to engage the residents of the community in promoting, fostering and engaging in healthy lifestyle choices to encourage the overall improvement in the health and well being of residents of Abbotsford.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and 117 countries around the world.