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At Beacon Community Services, we strive to foster children’s healthy intellectual, social and emotional development.

New program offerings regularly become available, so if you don’t see a particular program here, please feel free to call 250-655-5305 to inquire. For families with children birth to 6 years old, you can also contact the Peninsula Early Years Centre at 250-415-9794.

  • Baby Talk

    A free drop-in group for new parents and their babies with a chance to discuss specific topics surrounding the health and well-being of a new family. The program gives parents the opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in a warm and inviting space, with a variety of guest speakers presenting from the community. The group is held at the Peninsula Health Unit, 2170 Mt. Newton X Road.

    For further information and a list of upcoming topics, please visit www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears or call/text the Early Years Centre at 250-415-9794.

  • Peninsula Babies

    Are you expecting? Or parenting an infant up to 9 months old? Then Peninsula Babies is for you! This Beacon program supports parents throughout pregnancy to help them with their goal of delivering healthy babies. And it provides a welcoming place for parents and infants to connect.

    Vancouver Island Health Authority public health nurses offer information and support, as does our program facilitator and various guest speakers (on topics such as prenatal education, new-born care, nutrition, health, and stages of child development).

    The free program includes lunch. For more information/to register, please contact:

    Peninsula Babies Program: Rachel Green-Enkel at 250-508-7463

  • Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood

    Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood, the Saanich Peninsula Early Years Table, is sponsored by Beacon Community Services. A network of dedicated people representing services, agencies and volunteers across the Peninsula meet monthly to coordinate efforts to support the healthy growth and development of young children (0-6), and their families and to advocate for their well-being. To learn more about the work of this active committee, contact the Coordinator at 250-415-2471; email peninsulaconnections@beaconcs.ca.

  • Peninsula Early Years Centre (1649 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton)

    At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, Beacon Community Services offers a welcoming, nurturing space for families and caregivers with children ages 6 and under. Families will find comfort and encouragement, as well as important resources and supports that help build a strong foundation for young children – so they get the strongest start possible in life.

    Our dedicated team of early years professionals supports families with:

    • Child development information and assessment tools
    • Assistance with connecting to health services and early intervention support
    • Parent support and connections
    • Assistance to get child care, housing & other resources
    • Emergency food and other practical supports
    • Assistance through Outreach/Resource Workers

    See what’s happening this month with our Program Calendar.

  • Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

    A free, fun program of favourite rhymes, music and stories that help to develop language skills for children (2 months – 3 yrs). In partnership with Success By 6, the United Way, Credit Unions of BC, and Province of BC, this early literacy program provides social connection and support for parents and caregivers. Offered as registered 10 week sessions, with age appropriate groups and snacks. Phone 250-415-9794

  • Sidney StrongStart

    In partnership with School District 63, and located at Sidney Elementary, families/caregivers can drop in to explore play with their children. StrongStart supports the development of young children, consistent with the goals of the BC Early Learning Framework.

    For more information, please contact:

    Brentwood Elementary School StrongStart: 250-652-3996
    Lochside Elementary School StrongStart: 250-658-5238
    Sidney Elementary School StrongStart: 250-656-3958

  • 1000 x 5 Book Program

    In partnership with School District 63, Beacon Community Services enables Peninsula kids to develop their language and early literacy skills by distributing gently used, donated books to local families. Our goal is to make free books available so young children may have 1000 books read to them by the time they’re 5. For information about how to donate or receive books, please contact Daphne Macnaughton at 250-744-2631; email dlmvictoria@shaw.ca.