Chesha7 Mixalh Méńmen

Mother Bear Child Development Centre & Daycare Services

Xwemélch’stn (Capilano)

Phone: 778-340-9410
Address: 206 Lawa Road, West Vancouver, BC V7P 1N9
44 spaces: 12 spaces for 0-3 year and 32 spaces for 3-5 years

Eslha7an (Mission)

Phone: 604-770-3269
Address: 427 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A7
29 spaces: 0-3 years – 12 spaces for 0-3 years and 17 spaces for 3-5 years

Manager: Megan McDonnell

Chesha7 Mixalh Méńmen Mother Bear Child Development Programs provide early care and education to all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh families. We believe that Squamish children have the right to receive quality cultural education and early development opportunities, including teachings about the roots and values of our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh heritage, as well as skills rooted in a strong self-identity that allows them to preserve their heritage.

We strive daily, with each interaction, to assist every child in reaching their personal potential while encouraging family members to become active participants in their child’s development and well-being.

We offer child development services for children and their families to ensure success in all aspects of their lives. We operate two licensed childcare facilities: one in Xwemélch’stn (Capilano) and another in Eslha7an (Mission) that provide full-time and part-time care to over 70 children, ranging in age from birth to school-aged.

Program Philosophy

In accordance with a First Nations perspective, Mother Bear Child Development takes a holistic approach that aligns with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw values and teachings. The programs are designed to address the whole child and are responsive to the community, focusing on the six essential components for enhancing early childhood development.

Mother Bear Child Development strives to support children and families in learning their language and participating in our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture. Culture and language provide children with a positive sense of themselves as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh.

Eating nutritious food is an important part of each child’s day. The food provided by the program will be selected in accordance with Canada Food Guide requirements and recommendations from Appetite to Play. Mother Bear promotes healthy relationships with food and with each other as a means of building a respectful, collaborative, and reflective community. Please keep candy, gum, and other food items at home.

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