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Programs for Newcomers

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program  

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program (EYRP) is for families with current or previous refugee experience.

The program provides preschool-aged children, from newborns to 5-year-olds, with an environment to learn through play, helping them develop their language, cognitive, social and motor skills. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other families, learn about parenting in Canada and receive more information and support. Bus tickets and healthy snacks are provided.


EYRP for 2019-20 School Year:

EYRP is offered at Collingwood Neighbourhood School.

For school locations see Neighbourhood School Map

For more information, please call 604-713-4445 

For program dates and to view the Early Years Refugee Program flyer click here.


Immigrant Parents as Literacy Support Program 

Immigrants Parents as Literacy Support Program (IPALS) is a free family literacy program for Mandarin-speaking immigrant families and for Arabic speaking refugee families.

IPALS helps prepare children for school and provides parents and caregivers with strategies to encourage English language and literacy skills.


IPALS for Mandarin speaking families

Participants must have permanent residency status and be prepared to commit to all eight sessions, which take place at Collingwood Neighbourhood School.

For school location see Neighbourhood School Map.

For program dates and to view the Immigrants Parents as Literacy Support Program (IPALS)  flyer in English, click here. To view the flyer in Chinese, click here.

Lunch is provided and families receive learning materials at the end of each session. 

For registration & information, please call 604-713-6000 ext. 2100

Space is limited.

IPALS for Arabic speaking refugee families

This program will take place at Seymour Elementary School for two weeks in March 2019. For school location see Neighbourhood School Map.

For program dates and to view the flyer, click here.

Lunch is provided and families receive learning materials.

For registration & information, please call 778-865-5383

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