Vernon

BGC Okanagan  – Vernon Club

General Inquiries
3300 37th Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2Y5

Phone: 250.542.3121
Email: vernon@bgco.ca

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BGC Okanagan – North
BGC Okanagan – Vernon Early Years
BGC Okanagan – Youth

Ages 0-5 Programs

Daycare

We believe in the importance of the whole child and create a space where children aged 3-5 years feel safe and secure. We strive to help each child reach their full potential by giving many opportunities to explore, discover, PLAY and experience meaningful activities and events in a rich, nurturing, and high quality Early Learning environment.

Daycare & Location Details

Daycare

We view all children as individuals who bring their own unique ideas, learning styles, and are competent, capable and curious.

We support all aspects of a child’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative development and we strive for each child to experience a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Our dedicated Early Childhood Educators connect each family’s unique diverse strength, and maintain relationships based on mutual trust, openness and respect. Communication is vital and we encourage two-way dialogue between parents and educators.

To support quality in our programs we invest in our educators and provide professional learning opportunities and encourage reflective practise. 

Lakers Club
6990 Cummins Road
Infant-Toddler
3 – 5 Years of Age

Club on 35th Ave.
3305 35th Ave.
Infant-Toddler
3 – 5 Years of Age

 

Ages 5-12 Programs

After School Programs

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs After School Programs are the best place for children to be after the school bell. For 60 years we have been providing programs to children and we know what kids love to do! Children will be provided time to play outside, sports, games, creative arts, a daily nutritional snack, and fun leisure activities. Our staff develop a special, caring relationship with each child, encouraging them to explore areas of interest, create new friendships, and develop their personal growth.

After School Programs & Location Details

After School Programs

After school programs emphasize a sense of belonging, help make positive choices, learn healthy behaviours and build on a child’s strengths encouraging them to reach their potential. Parents often comment that they “trust our staff in caring for their children.” We understand the importance of physical health, social and emotional development, learning, and allowing kids to be themselves in a supportive, safe place where they are encouraged to explore, try new activities, and have a lot FUN! 

Vernon Club
3300-37th Avenue
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
The Club at Ellison Elementary
2400 Fulton Road
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
The Club at Harwood Elementary
4320 2oth Street
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
The Club at Alexis Park Elementary
4205 35th Avenue
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
The Club at Mission Hill Elementary
1510 36th Street
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
 

Recreation Programs

Recreation programs are for members aged 5-17 years who want to come out to the Club and take part in a wide variety of activities that are planned around BGCC Core programming areas. Opportunities to develop friendships, and connect with positive role models, allows children to find a place where they belong, are cared about and where they can learn new skills. Activities create a safe and fun way for kids to spend their time during the after school hours, weekends and evenings.

Recreation Programs & Location Details

Recreation Programs

Each Club location offers recreation programs to meet community needs. Each community location will offer monthly calendars describing the specific activities that can be located on our Facebook pages and at the service locations. Examples include activities such as community field trips, sports, National Boys and Girls clubs programs, life skills, creative arts, leadership, and learning.
The Recreation program is open year-round at various times based on program offerings. See the service location for monthly calendars for specific times and dates.

Parents are responsible for a yearly membership and program fees. Program fees will vary dependent on the program. Financial Subsidies or Canadian Tire Jumpstart funding may be available for eligible families. 

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Tuesday to Fridays
6:00pm to 8:30pm
7-12 years old
Vernon – Lavington
9715 School Road
Tuesday/ Friday (September – June)
2:15pm tp 4:15pm
7 – 12 Years of Age
Vernon – Falkland
5756 Tuktakamin Road
Wednesday (September – June)
2:15pm to 4:10pm
7 – 12 Years of Age
 
   
   

Youth Programs

Youth Recreation Programs

 In our after-school and evening drop-in programs, children and youth are emotionally and physically safe, welcomed, accepted, valued, respected and encouraged to explore new opportunities and build positive relationships with like-minded peers.

Youth Recreation Programs & Location Details

Youth Recreation Programs

Positive adult mentors guided by the Clubs’ core values build self-esteem and encourage healthy relationships while instilling the importance of mutual respect, teamwork and being socially responsible. While youth may just need a safe and supportive place to “hang out”, we also offer recreational opportunities, games, creative arts and special events.

Our programs are accessible, affordable and address community needs. Youth can be referred to other supports within Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs as needed.

Vernon – Teen Junction
3104 37th Ave
Monday – Friday3:00-8:00 *Closed for Stat Holidays
13 – 20 Years of Age

 

Family Programs

Achievers Program

Achievers Program – The Achievers Program is a unique recreation and social program that provides community integration to school-aged children with support needs. Children participate in social and recreational activities. Each child has an individual goal plan that is developed with our professional staff and parents work toward independence and a lifetime of activity and community involvement.

Achievers Program & Location Details

Achievers Program

All participants are referred by MCFD. 

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday
afterschool and weekends
5-18years
 

D.I.Y (Drop-In for Youth)

D.I.Y (Drop-In for Youth) – Designed for youth with special needs this drop-in program provides youth between the ages of 13 and 18 a safe place to “hang out”, connect with friends, meet new people, and sign up for activities led by staff. .

Community Kitchen Details D.I.Y (Drop-In for Youth)

D.I.Y (Drop-In for Youth)

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Tuesdays
3-6pm
13 – 18 Years of Age
 

Life Skills Program

Life Skills Program – The Power of Me! – Focusing on the age group 13-18 years, youth with support needs have the opportunity to learn vital skills associated with living alone or semi independently, preparing them for the future as an adult. This program blends daily living, personal/social and work related skills into integrated fun lessons designed to increase self-confidence. Program occurs weekly on Thursdays during the school year. Participants must be referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Life Skills Program Details

Life Skills Program

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Thursday (September – June)
6-8pm
13 – 18 Years of Age
 

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties – Let us plan the birthday party for you! We will provide the set-up and clean-up, while parents will have to provide the guests, cake and goodie bags. There will be lots of fun games and activities central to the theme including time to play in our gym. We will have one staff party leader present, and we ask for a minimum of one parent helper. Two weeks advance booking is required.

Birthday Parties Details & Locations

Birthday Parties

Themes:

Parents/guardians are responsible for the party theme.
We do offer rock climbing and gym games including hockey
Parties are only offered on Sunday. 
Cost $150 for two hours *Maximum 15 children

Please call for availability before downloading our birthday party registration form here 

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Only available on Sunday’s
5-12 Years of Age
 

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting

Families are complex, challenging, and worth every bit of effort. The Nobody’s Perfect parenting program is about finding your way as a parent — even when family life gets a bit messy. Find ideas and support to help you manage today’s challenges and your child’s needs. Discover your strengths as a parent, and build new ones with the support and encouragement of other parents. For parents of children 0-5.

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Details & Locations

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Contact us for specific dates and times
0 – 5 Years of Age
Contact
Email Address: earlylearning@bgco.ca

Mother Goose and More

Mother Goose Programs are happening in the community!

The Parent Child Mother Goose Program uses songs, rhymes and storytelling with parents and their children to promote oral language, social competence and emotional regulation in young children. Parents play with their children by engaging in songs and games with trained facilitators. Mother Goose strengthens the bond between parent and child and provides parents with the tools that make daily life with a young child more fulfilling while enhancing their child’s development.

Mother Goose and More Details & Locations

Mother Goose and More

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue
Contact us for times!
 

Child Care Resource and Referral

The CCRR is a service for Families and Child Care Providers. Child Care Resource and Referral work with the North Okanagan communities to promote quality, inclusive child care services that meet the needs of families and promote the healthy development of children.

Child Care Resource and Referral Details & Locations

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

With a mission of support and empowerment, Child Care Resource and Referral Vernon (CCRR Vernon) is a guidepost for the foundation of excellence in child care. With an unwavering commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, cultural safety and high quality, CCRR Vernon serves as the link between families, Educators and licensed child care services in neighborhoods throughout the North Okanagan.

Funded by BC’s Ministry of Education and Child Care, CCRR Vernon leads families, Educators and licensed child care providers through the changing landscape of child care in British Columbia. Through strategic partnerships and the pursuit of excellence, CCRR Vernon strives to ensure that every family’s journey in securing high quality, inclusive and affordable child care is marked by confidence and unparalleled support.

A Mission of Family Support

Welcome to CCRR Vernon, where families are embraced with open arms and guided towards a world of early years and child care services tailored to their unique needs. From licensed childcare referrals to a treasure trove of resources in our Lending Library, CCRR Vernon embodies the concept of family support. Through engaging workshops, vibrant drop-in programs, and personalized consultations, CCRR Vernon empowers parents and guardians with knowledge and confidence.

Empowering Educators and Providers, Elevating Care

For child care providers, CCRR Vernon serves as an invaluable ally in the pursuit of excellence in Early Learning and Care. Using a multifaceted approach encompassing dynamic workshops, immersive communities of practice, conferences and enriching networking opportunities, CCRR Vernon empowers Educators and childcare providers to deliver exceptional care. Supported with access to a stocked Lending Library, comprehensive referrals to community resources, and inclusion in the registry of licensed child care providers, CCRR Vernon equips providers with the tools and support necessary to thrive.

Vernon
3300-37th Avenue

Hours:
Monday – 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Tuesday – 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Wednesday – 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday – 8.30 am to 7 pm
Friday – 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday – 8.30 am to 1 pm

Contact
Phone Number: 250-542-3121 ext. 2111
Email Address: ccrrvernon@bgco.ca

Early Years Family Navigator

The Early Years Family Navigator role is a specialized position within the early learning and care sector in the North Okanagan. The primary responsibility of our Early Years Family Navigator is to provide comprehensive support and guidance to families with young children, particularly those who may be facing challenges or barriers to accessing essential services and resources. This role involves working closely with families to connect them with appropriate programs, services, and community resources that meet their unique needs and circumstances.

Early Years Family Navigator

Key responsibilities of BGCO’s Early Years Family Navigator include:

Assessment and Support Planning

Conducting thorough assessments of families’ strengths, needs, and goals to develop individualized support plans. This involves building trusting relationships with families and actively listening to their concerns and aspirations.

Resource Referral and Coordination

Identifying and connecting families with a wide range of support services and resources, including early childhood education programs, healthcare providers, social services, mental health resources, housing assistance, and other community-based programs.

Advocacy

Serving as an advocate for families by helping them navigate complex systems and procedures, advocating for their rights and needs, and ensuring they have access to appropriate services and supports.

Education and Empowerment

Providing families with information, education, and resources to help them make informed decisions about their children’s development, health, and well-being. Empowering families to become advocates for their children and active participants in their communities.

Cultural Competence

Recognizing and respecting the cultural diversity of the families served and tailoring support services to be culturally responsive and inclusive. This may involve collaborating with community organizations and cultural liaisons to ensure services are accessible and relevant to diverse populations.

Case Management

Maintaining accurate and confidential records of family assessments, service referrals, and progress towards goals. Coordinating services and follow-up support to ensure families receive ongoing assistance and assistance as needed.

Community Engagement

Building partnerships and collaborating with community organizations, schools, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to enhance support services and promote the well-being of families with young children.

Professional Development

Engaging in ongoing training and professional development to stay informed about best practices, emerging trends, and resources in the field of early childhood education and family support.

BGCO’s Early Years Family Navigator plays a crucial role in supporting families with young children during a critical stage of development, helping to ensure that all children have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.

Contact
Early Years Family Navigator
Phone Number: 250-542-3121 ext. 2110
Email Address: familynavigator@bgco.ca
 
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