Kids Klub's Story
Kids Klub started in 1990 when its originator and long serving Executive Director Tertia Yates saw a need for some summer camp opportunities for neighbourhood kids out of the then named Royal Oak Baptist Church. This would become the beginning of what is now a multi site organization serving families throughout the Greater Victoria region. The intention from the start was to provide excellence in childcare and summer camps while providing young staff with great employment opportunities in a positive environment. Kids Klub now (2021) offers multiple School Age Care Sites, Summer and Spring Break Day Camps, and Childcare Services.
In 1994, Kids Klub was incorporated under the Society’s Act and became Vancouver Island Kids Klub Centre Society. A volunteer Board of Directors was formed and over the next few years Kids Klub kept growing, opening more sites in Saanich, Victoria and the Westshore. Kids Klub programs are all licensed by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and housed in various elementary schools, churches and scout halls as well as local recreation centers.
In 2000, Kids Klub started the Brown Bag Lunch Program. This program delivers free lunches to elementary and middle schools that have identified children coming to school without lunches.
In 2008, Kids Klub opened their first multiage daycare for children ages 0 to 5 to help meet a growing need in our community.
Kids Klub’s mandate from the very first day was to offer local families in the community a safe place for children to go where they would feel valued and cared for, a place where they could be active and have fun. Thirty years later, Kids Klub has proven to be an important part of every community it services and now cares for over 450 children each day with 70 qualified staff employed.