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 UBC Executive has recently approved fast tracking child care spaces earlier than originally planned in the CCEP through the construction of three modular buildings in Acadia Park, which will add up to 100 child care spaces for infant, toddler, preschool and school-age children. Occupancy is targeted by the end of summer 2019. The modular centres will be operated by UBC Child Care Services. Also, the existing 96 child care spaces at Berwick Child Care Centre will be renovated by the Summer of 2020, extending the life of these spaces. In addition to the fast tracked projects, the new Wesbrook Child Care Centre will be constructed as an addition to the Wesbrook Community Centre. The facility will accommodate 49 child care space for infants, toddler, and preschool age children. The Wesbrook Child Care Centre will be managed by the UNA and operated by the YMCA. The Child Care Centre will be a one storey building with dedicated outdoor play space. 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. Occupancy is targeted for Spring 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.