As the largest provider of child care in the province, the YMCA is well  aware of the basic needs that must be met for every child in order for children to grow, learn and thrive. In some of our communities there are many barriers and challenges that prevent children from receiving these basic necessities. Safety, housing, and food security are everyday challenges on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.  The Woodward’s YMCA Child Care Centre serves children and families in the area, and provides extra supports so that children have a chance to be ready when the time comes for them to enter kindergarten. With daily breakfast and afternoon snacks, a hot lunch program and access to speech therapists, public health nurses, nutritionists and dentists, the YMCA is ensuring that every kid has a chance to reach their potential.

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