B.C.’s First Trauma-Informed Daycare officially opens its doors in Victoria

May 5, 2022 / by United Way

(Lekwungen Territory/Victoria BC, May 5 2022) – British Columbia’s first trauma-informed daycare opened its doors today to provide support for children who have experienced trauma. The Little Phoenix Daycare is a project supported by the Province of B.C. and will welcome children through referrals from social service partner agencies. Children from across Greater Victoria who are not from trauma backgrounds will also be welcomed, with the goal to integrate them and create an environment of acceptance and support.

Children who have experienced trauma include family violence; sexual, psychological, physical and emotional abuse; or experience living in a refugee camp. Research indicates that with early intervention, the success rates with child recovery are much higher.

“Effective supports like the wraparound services at Little Phoenix can significantly change people’s lives and build their confidence,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “I’m encouraged to see innovation driving improved services for children and families that have experienced trauma. Our government’s investment of $500,000 will go a long way to help children and families access the trauma-informed child care they need.”

United Way Southern Vancouver Island is proud to be working in partnership with Family Services of Greater Victoria and Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society in elevating the profile and funding Little Phoenix Daycare. “From the very outset, we have been huge believers and supporters of this project,” said Mark Breslauer, CEO of United way Southern Vancouver Island. “This project touches on so many of our values as an organization, from collaboration to supporting families.”

This first-of-its-kind daycare in the province is a research partnership with University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care led by Dr. Alison Gerlach. The new program will also generate new knowledge around designing and delivering a trauma-informed daycare program that can be shared within the wider Canadian daycare system.

“All children need a supportive, nurturing environment to grow and thrive. Little Phoenix has incorporated and integrated the principles of trauma-informed care and design to create a space that is welcoming and calm,” said ​Jane Taylor Lee, Executive Director of Family Services of Greater Victoria. “The attention to detail is extraordinary and we have a team of professionals who are excited to welcome children from all backgrounds into the space and assist them in developing and achieving their true potential”.

For photos from the Little Phoenix Daycare, please see this link.


United Way Southern Vancouver Island is a trusted leader, influencer and catalyst for change. United, we accelerate change to improve the lives of our neighbours who need it most, making our local community stronger. We believe everyone in the Greater Victoria region, which includes 13 municipalities and 11 First Nations and the Southern Gulf Islands should have the opportunity to reach their potential. Our priorities are focused on assisting seniors; families; diversity, equity and inclusion; and individuals facing mental health challenges and/or addictions.


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