As a way to highlight some of the incredible and varied work our members are doing, we feature one member agency in our newsletter each month. For ease of access, we have made our Member Spotlights available to be viewed here.
November 2022- Thrive Family Programs
Thrive Family Programs offer free family drop-in programs where parents and caregivers can play, learn and grow with their children from 0-6 years. All programs nurture positive parent-child connection, support healthy child development, provide social connection and ensure parents know about and access the supports and services they need. Trained staff, experienced early childhood educators, clinical counsellors, and health consultants are on-site to provide screening and linkages to community supports and services. Programs include: Learning Through Play at two Thrive Family Centre locations, Breastfeeding Postpartum Support Group, Parent Child Mother Goose, Pancakes and Play for Dads and Babynastics.
October 2022- Houston Link to Learning
Houston Link to Learning (HLL) is a non-profit agency offering literacy programs and services for adults, seniors, families and children including: One to one tutoring, food skills for families, Fostering Literacy, life skills programming, Better at Home, Community Garden, Better at Home and many other programs services and events. HLL’s Early Years Resource Centre is the home of the Family Resource program that offers drop in for families twice a week on Tuesday and Friday mornings. HLL is so glad to be able to offer in-person services again and welcome the parents and children back to their space.
HLL recently took on a whole new venture when they purchased the local ‘Plaza’ recreation centre. The Plaza houses the movie theatre, a bowling alley and mini-golf, which are now being run by HLL for the community. The Plaza is a training and education centre for community members to receive training and education and hands-on employment training. This venture also provides them with an active social enterprise. They are excited to further develop this innovative venture for HLL and the community.
Explore Houston Link to Learning further:
HLL’s Family Resource Centre Facebook page.
September 2022- Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Saanich Neighbourhood Place (SNP) started in 1993 as a group of people who saw the need for a place parents with young children could gather, share resources and offer each other support. Saanich Neighbourhood Place was formally established in 1997 as a registered non-profit family resource centre providing programs and services for families, youth and children.
SNP offers Early Years programs such as Pre/Post-natal education and support, Parenting Education, Family Outreach and Support, and multiple Playgroups.
Saanich Neighbourhood Place has grown to include four locations: Pearkes Recreation Centre, Royal Oak Neighbourhood House (2018), Broad View United (2019), and Saanich Neighbourhood Place Child and Family Centre (2021).
August 2022- Princeton Family Services Society
Princeton Family Services Society (PFSS) was incorporated in 1977 and has provided services for our community’s children and families for 45 years. Our mission is to support children and families in the community to reach their fullest potential and the highest level of independence. We offer a variety of programs in our agency, such as PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment), Stopping the Violence, Cindy Parolin Safe Homes, Infant Development Program, Family Supports, Child Youth, Supported Needs, Community Outreach, and Family Place.
Our Family Place program provides free, inclusive, nonstructured, play-based programming for children 0-6 and their families. We offer one-to-one support to caregivers, nutritious snacks, diapers, formula, and pre-natal vitamins to those in need. In addition, we have a growing resource library and provide many opportunities to connect with other families in various ways.
July 2022- Childhood Connections – Okanagan Family & Childcare Society
Childhood Connections – Okanagan Family & Childcare Society supports children and those who care for them to ensure that all children in the Central Okanagan get a healthy start in life.
A few recent Family Programs include: Strawberry Picking and Rhyme Time, Canning and Connecting Workshop for Families, Nourish Families, Teddy Bear Picnic and Grandparent Connect Play Group.
We want every child in the Central Okanagan to get a healthy start in life, physically, mentally, and socially-emotionally. We support parents and caregivers to provide positive, stable and nurturing relationships because we know that these skills need to be developed and fostered so that parents/caregivers can provide the best care for their children.
June 2022- Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society
The Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society provides cultural support and services to Indigenous peoples in the City and Township of Langley, on the unceded shared traditional territories of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo First Nations. LFVAS was founded in September 2000 by Indigenous Support Workers in schools that recognized the need for ongoing cultural support beyond school hours for Indigenous children and their families.
LFVAS offers early years programs such as: Little Voices Playgroup, a parent-led playgroup called Mímele (meaning little child in Halq’eméylem), and P.L.A.C.E.S., which is a cultural day camp that was created at the onset of COVID-19.
LFVAS’s goal is to provide cultural, social, emotional, and developmental support to our littlest members of the Indigenous community and their families, child resources, or navigational support where needed.
May 2022- Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource Program
LaFF is a family centre for families and caregivers from Ladysmith and surrounding areas with children up to the age of six which provides inclusive, interactive opportunities for the development of children, families, and the community.
LaFF’s early intervention and prevention programming is designed to reduce isolation, strengthen parenting, promote healthy child development, provide access to public health within the community, and ensure food security that will improve the health and well-being of children and their families. With programs such as LaFF Outside and LaFF’ternoon, Ladysmith Family and Friends continue to make programs accessible and safe to its members!
April 2022- Kootenay Child Development Centre
Kootenay Child Development Centre has a philosophy of collaborative service delivery. They have various programs, and their community reach is impressive. We are highlighting their Family Resource Programs such as Tumble Time, Wiggle, Giggle and Grow and Parents in the Park. They also provide pre and postnatal program called Bellies to Babies, CAPC drop-in called Tumble Time and Infant Development Programs.
They have been an active member of FRP-BC, contributing to important conversations and supporting other members. We encourage you to peruse their website to read about their programming and commitment to their community and surrounding area.
March 2022- Kitimat Community Development Centre
Since 1974 the KitimatCDC has been a crucial community service offering three streams of support services for families, children, and adult that support a fully inclusive and inviting environment. Their Early Years services include Behaviour Support, Family Support, Special Needs Child and Youth Care Program, Building Blocks Program, Supported Child Development Program, Healthy Babies, and of course, Family Fun Spot Drop-In Group!
They have been an active member of FRP-BC contributing to important conversations and supporting other members. We encourage you to peruse their website to read about their programming and commitment to their community.
February 2022- West Side Family Place
Founded by two mothers in 1973, West Side Family Place has provided a safe and welcoming environment for parents, caregivers, and children to learn and play. WSFP is recognized as the first Family Resource Program in Canada and has served as a model for similar programs since. A unique Family Resource Program dedicated to supporting young families and caregivers, West Side Family Place continues to foster awareness, as well as support and create community.