SFU Childcare started in 1968 with a group of dedicated parents who began a co-operative family orientated drop-in center. The university awarded the co-operative a $550 grant for equipment and recognized the formal status by changing the name of a card-playing area of a former cafeteria lounge to Family Co-op. Enrollment was limited to 30 children. Parents traded their volunteer time in exchange for care services.
In 1972 a group of students from the Faculty of Education built a wilderness landscape playground. Through the years the children has had the joy of playing on many new playgrounds, built with the help of many parents.
Childcare had become accepted as an integral part of campus life. In 1973 the provincial government gave the campus child care two portable classroom units, which were situated at the west end of the residence parking lot.