Child Care at UBC
UBC is the largest provider of on-campus child care in North America. The supply of child care spaces at UBC has progressively increased over the last 40 years. The university continues to face growing demand for child care from university faculty, students, staff and residents, especially as the number of permanent residents on campus grows. UBC’s Child Care Expansion Plan (CCEP) provides a framework to deliver on UBC’s child care policy commitments and addresses both long-range institutional needs for childcare and projected neighbourhood demand. The CCEP aims to create an inventory of approximately 1,200 spaces by 2041, meeting 20% of the projected demand, with a focus on delivering more child care spaces for children under 3 years of age.
The new Wesbrook Child Care Centre is being constructed as an addition to the Wesbrook Community Centre. The facility accommodates 49 child care space for infants, toddler, and preschool age children. The facility will also be the first building to meet the UBC Green Building Action Plan strategies in energy, water, materials and resources, biodiversity, health and wellbeing, quality, climate adaption, and place and experience. The new centre will be managed by the UNA and operated by the YMCA. Occupancy is targeted for summer 2020.
Moving forward, UBC and the UNA are committed to expanding child care options as the campus community grows. Childcare is a key component of UBC’s mandate to develop and deliver on a complete community. For more information on child care at UBC, please visit UNA Child Care Services and UBC Child Care Services which operate licensed group care on the Vancouver campus for children of residents, students, faculty and staff at UBC.