FAMILY CENTRE SOCIETY
Online Programming during COVID-19
During these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, we have closed our Family Drop in’s and outreach services in order to follow the provincial health guidelines that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, we are now creating new ways to support families online.
Welcome to a NEW way of sharing and caring for families, friends and the broader community!
Online programming will include recorded video’s of our traditional Family Time with songs, stories and art activities, Parenting Programs, a One to One Parent Hotline, Curbside Chats and Activity Kits, and Story time.
For each and every activity we offer MPFCS staff are observing social distancing and using the utmost care to wash our hands, use protective gloves when necesarry and to maintain our high standard of cleanliness!
First thing Tuesday and Thursday mornings we will post a new video recording of Family Time favorites brought to you by the familiar faces of Maria, Ewa, Alma, Negar and Shahira including songs, stories and art activities for you and your little ones to enjoy!
Negar, Isabelle and Andy will be facilitating either a story time, circle time for Dads/male caregivers and children. Once a month they will also host a live zoom coffee time featuring a “conversation starter” suggested by participants. Stay tuned for more information!
Storytime with Negar
Every Thursday mornings, we will post a new video recording of story time with Negar including your favorite stories and songs for you and your little ones to enjoy!
Nobody’s Perfect workshop
One to One Parent Hotline
When you need just a little bit more support: Follow-up with Flora by Phone!
Flora really misses seeing you all, sitting around the table exploring family issues with you.
Take heart! You can still connect, by phone!
Whether it's about eating, sleeping or surviving isolation with a toddler, let's continue searching for ways to support children, and preserve parent's mental health.
Give Flora a call, Monday to Friday, 9-4 pm, or by appointment 236-788-3349
For those of you who have ever taken a parenting class with us you know the time flies by too quickly and you are often left wishing for just one more session! Therfore with this in mind Flora will be visiting you (curbside) to offer just a little more 1:1 support. If you would like to sign up for a curbside chat please don’t hesitate to reach out to Flora on her work cell phone: 236-788-3349 to book at visit.
Community Art and Craft
Toy Lending Library
***For more information about our online programs please visit our website https://www.mpfamilycentre.ca
and check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MPFamilyCentre
Inspiring families to build caring relationships with each other, our neighbours and the broader community.
A vibrant, joyful child and family community where families connect, share, learn and grow.
INCLUSIVITY (Openness, Kindness, Generosity, Trust, Friendship)
CREATIVITY (Fun, Play)
COLLABORATION (Mentorship, Reflection, Knowledge, Sharing, Leadership)
Play and Learn Activities
Children participate in the range of developmentally appropriate ‘play and learn’ activities in our well organized, equipped and staffed playroom where they demonstrate growth in all developmental domains.
Parent Education and Skill Development
Parents who join our informal discussion groups and our pre-registered education and skill development groups have increased knowledge of child development. They are more aware of health, safety and discipline issues and know about ‘best practices’ in parenting. Parental skill development opportunities are an integral part of our centre programming – “learning more about my child’s temperament”...”listening and focusing on what I can do to change behavior positively.
Outreach and Early Intervention Services
Through outreach strategies families who would not necessarily access community resources are enabled to attend flexible drop-in activities, make use of much needed concrete services (food, clothing, toys and books). They begin to build relationships with others and access additional resources to support themselves and their children.
School Readiness and Literacy
These programs are an integral part of each Family Centre drop-in session. Children participating in school readiness and early literacy programs develop the prerequisite skills - social, emotional and intellectual - to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten.
Community Referral and Information
Parents accessing our referral and information resources are linked to their community, building a wider supportive network for themselves and for their children. Children who require extra supports (for example speech and language assessment, health information) are identified, referred to appropriate resources and very importantly, staff at the centre support families during the process.
Volunteer Experience and Training
The drop-in program is a welcoming and supportive setting where community volunteers, who may include parent mentors and other care-givers, develop workplace and specific professional skills, as well as a sense of belonging.