Cari's Infant and Toddler Centre

Childcare Services: Quality licensed group care for up to 24 children aged newborn to 36 months, including snacks and lunches, with priority for space given to participants in the Campbell River Young Parents' Program.  There are also snacks and some meals for young parents. Fees for children of qualifying young parents are paid in full by the MCFD Child Care Subsidy Program. 

Cari's Infant and Toddler Centre is administered by a registered non-profit society with a volunteer board of directors, Forest Circle Society for Families.  The Society also operates Forest Circle Child Care, on the grounds of the North Island College/Timberline campus. 

We believe that a strong partnership between each of the four components (Education, Health, Support, and Child Care) and the parents of the CRYPP is essential. This partnership creates an environment in which parents can meet the demands of day-to-day life while working towards their educational goals and brightening the future for themselves and their families.

Population Served

  • Young parents and other community families
  • 16 out of 24 spaces are prioritized for participants of CRYPP
  • Some priority for space is also given to college students and to children with extra support needs. 
  • In order to access an enhanced child care subsidy to cover the cost of child care while working towards high school completion, the young parent must meet the Ministry for Children and Family Development criteria, have become a parent while he/she was less than 20 years of age, and now be aged 24 or less.
  • Services are offered to pregnant students and graduated students as they transition in and out of the CRYPP

Address / Contact Info

Forest Circle Society for Families Cari’s Infant and Toddler Centre
771 - 4th Avenue Campbell River, BCV9W 7R1
Manager : Gwen Bennett
Cari's is located on the grounds of Carihi Secondary school. The purpose-built facility is off of the lower parking lot, adjacent to the playing fields.

Phone Numbers

Phone : (250) 286-1193
Fax : (250) 286-1135

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM open year-round with closures for all statutory holidays.

Service Details

Accepting new patients / clients: Accepting new clients
Languages spoken: English

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Other Programs from This Organization

Alternate Education Program (Campbell River Young Parents' Program) Most young parents in the CRYPP attend Carihi Secondary or alternate educational programs at Robron Centre but may be attending another secondary school, Continuing Education or North Island College.
Campbell River Young Parents’ Program (CRYPP) The Campbell River Young Parents' program (CRYPP) consists of four components: education, child care, health and support, and is designed to assist parenting students achieve high school graduation while meeting the needs of their infant and toddlers.
Forest Circle Child Care Forest Circle Child Care provides quality licensed group child care for children from infancy to age 5.
Health Nurse Program (Campbell River Young Parents' Program) A designated Public Health Nurse is connected with the Campbell River Young Parents' Program and makes individual appointments for immunizations and health information as needed. An Infant Development Consultant visits the centre each month to connect with parents and offer support and information.
Support/Outreach Program (Campbell River Young Parents' Program) Community workers and guest speakers provide information, resources and assistance with transportation, housing, nutrition, relationships, etc, and a weekly parenting group.

This program was last updated on 15 Apr 2019.