What's a FRP?

Family Resource Programs (FRPs) are community-based parent/child interactive centres for families with children aged 0-6 years.

They are often housed within agencies such as Neighbourhood Houses, Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Boys and Girls Clubs to name a few.  They may also be a stand-alone drop-in, often called The Family Place.

FRPs are more than a singular program, they are a collaboration of programming, services and resources for all families in the community with children aged 0-6. FRPs provide Family Support, Play-based learning, Early Learning & Literacy, Parent Education and Information & Referrals to families. 


Family Resource Programs bring parents and children together to strengthen parenting, promote social networking, reduce isolation and promote community cohesion.  They are grounded in the belief that consistent positive parenting practices and secure, healthy parent-child relationships are fundamental factors in all aspects of healthy child development.

Check out the Directory of Family Resource Programs.
Contact the Family Resource Program to confirm hours of operation and service delivery.

Five Core Service Areas

1. Family Support

Parent/child interactive drop-in
Supportive counselling
Prenatal programs
Clothing exchange
Community kitchens / nutrition education
Well-baby clinics and health screening
Community dinners and field trips
Child care services
Respite child mining
Special needs

2. Play-based Learning

Creative play / age appropriate toys
Toy libraries
Child development activities
Early childhood intervention

3. Early Literacy, Learning & Care

Language development
Early literacy programs

4. Parent Education

Workshops and courses
Parent support groups
Young parent programs
ESL for parents / caregivers

5. Information

Home Visiting
Counselling services
Family preservation
Employment and housing
Disability related child and family services


"Play expands intelligence, stimulates the
imagination, encourages creative problem
solving, helps develop confidence and
self-esteem.  Play is a significant factor
in brain and muscle development.


"Parental knowledge plays a key role.
Parents who are aware of development
norms and milestones and understand
the processes of child development
adapt to or anticipate developmental
changes in children."