Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning


Links to websites that hold free publications and resources for child care professionals, students, parents and caregivers.

Free Ebooks

Unite for Literacy A collection of free digital books with read-aloud option. 

Children's Library International Children's Digital Library for multilingual and multicultural stories from around the world.

Child Care Resources

Child Care Canada Resources A resource bank of links, articles, websites and more for Early Childhood Education research across Canada.

Time for Child Care Links to research papers, documents and factsheets from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.

Child Care Policy Publications Research by economists about early childhood education and policy.

BC Association of Family Resource Programs resource section for families and practitioners.

Canadian Child Care Federation A resource library of  early learning and child care knowledge.

Child Care Human Resources Sector Council A HR toolkit for early childhood educators.

Running a Child Care Program or Day Care Goverment guidelines on running a daycare or preschool in BC.

Early Years Research

Zero to Three A database of articles and guides for parents, ECE professionals and policymakers.

Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships A community and University early childhood development research collaboration from the University of Victoria.

The International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies (IJCYFS) - An open access journal providing scholarly research about and services for children, youth, families and their communities.

Vanier Institute Online resources and publications from the Vanier Institute for the Family. 

Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development Documents from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. 

Society for Children and Youth of BC Resources to help a variety of audiences learn more about children's rights and how to uphold them. 

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy The International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (IJCCEP) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal about child care and education. 

Education Development Centre A database of hundreds of education resources from professional development materials for teachers to research reports for policymakers.

Health and Well-being

Health Link BC Medically approved, non-emergency health information.

Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines Canadian 24-hour movement guide for the early years (ages 0-4).

Science of Early Child Development Free access to current research on the impact of early experience on lifelong health and wellbeing.

Child Encyclopedia An encyclopedia of early childhood development.

Heart-Mind Online Social-emotional wellbeing resources for anyone caring for children.

Outdoor Play and Learning

Outdoor Playbook An interactive guide for designing outdoor spaces, based on leading research from UBC.

Evergreen Outdoor Classroom Ideas Design ideas for the outdoor classroom.

Diversity & Multiculturalism

Welcome Here  Resources, information and links for immigrant families and those who work with them.

Care for Newcomer Children Canada’s leading organization that focuses on caring for immigrant and refugee children.

Children's Community School Resources for teaching children about social justice issues.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)

STEAM Resources and Ideas STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) ideas based on popular children's books.

Pre-K Math Early math resources for early years teachers and teacher educators.

Indigenous Resources

Kids' Stop Activities, games and stories for youth and educators about Indigenous peoples' culture, history and languages.

Aboriginal Peoples' TV Network Commercial-free, authentic Indigenous programming your child can grow with.

BCACCS Research Publications from the British Columbia Aboriginal Child Care Society.

Musqueam Teaching Kit Audio story book collection from the Musqueam Language and Culture Department at UBC's Museum of Anthropology.


Reggio Alliance A listing of articles recommended by Lella Gandini, Reggio Children liaison in the U.S., for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia approach.