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Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program

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The Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program supports refugee parents to have fun with their children and learn about their development. Parents will get information and support about parenting and have access to community resources and services related to their concerns and settlement process. The program also provides a structured home based program linked to Refugee StrongStart program.


Home Visitors will engage parents to actively identify and plan activities for their young children, help them have conversations on how the family’s situation may affect the child and work on the achievement of developmental milestones.

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The program focuses on the following domains of developmental parenting:

  • Affection: warmth, physical closeness, and positive expressions toward the child;
  • Responsiveness: responding to child’s cues, emotions, words, interests, and behaviors;
  • Encouragement: active support of exploration, effort, skills, initiative, curiosity, creativity, and play;
  • Teaching: shared conversation and play, cognitive stimulation, explanations, and questions.



  • Our Refugee StrongStart program is FREE.
  • Children from 0 to 5 years old learn through play and develop
    language, social and motor skills in order to be ready for school.
  • Parents have the opportunity to meet and connect with other
  • Learn about parenting in Canada, get information and support.



Collingwood Neighbourhood School
Room 107 – 3417 Euclid Ave., Vancouver, BC V5R 6H2
Sept. 11th – Dec, 20th, 2018
Thursday afternoon, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Download: EYR Strong Start Program Fall 2018 EnglishEYR Home Visiting Program – English, EYR Strong Start Program Fall 2018 Spanish (TBA), EYR, Home Visiting Program – Spanish, EYR Strong Start Program 2018 Arabic (TBA), EYR Home Visiting Program – Arabic

To find out more about getting involved with this program contact Ana at 604-298-5888.

To view our program schedules visit our PIRS Program Calendar.

“When the parent-child relationship is positive, children develop a sense of security, explore with confidence, and lean to communicate effectively.”

~ Lori Roggman