Vancouver - Post Report Question and Answers
Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?
Pre-schools are available and can be pretty pricey. There is a free program called Strong Start that is put on by a few of the public schools around town and requires the parents to stay and interact with their kids in a classroom. It is so much fun! There are a variety of preschools around town. The local community center has a drop-off program that is $10 an hour or you can sign up for certain days and times for a flat fee. The public school preschool program is 3 days a week for 2.5 hours a day for $300 a month. I did find one place that charged $700 for 3 days a week, 4 hours a day. So do your research before committing. - May 2017
Preschools have a waiting list and are very expensive. A nanny will cost about $20/hour. - Aug 2015
I know they were available and knew at least two colleagues who lamented the expense. - Jun 2014
Lots of preschools around, a bit expensive, but well run. - Mar 2012
There are several preschools in Vancouver and surrounding area. Average monthly cost is about 150-200/month. - Jun 2010