FAMILY CENTRE SOCIETY
Donations Still Gladly Accepted for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge
On Sunday, June 26, about 20 people - staff, board members, and families - gathered to participate for a second time in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5K and half-marathon. This race is a great way for charities to fundraise and participate in a well-organized event. So far this year, we have raised $4,460, which will be used to purchase additional equipment for our NEW PLAYGROUND (rebuild happening in the fall).
We can continue to receive donations until July 25, so if you missed your chance to donate before the run/walk, wait no longer!
To provide child-centered programs that nurture healthy growth and development for all families: 'A Home Away from Home'
A vibrant, joyful child and family community where families connect, share, learn and grow!
RESPECT - We value individual, embrace diversity, and act with compassion towards others - children, parents, family members, neighbours and the community.
QUALITY - We aim to provide the highest quality services and programs which reflect and respond to the changing needs of our community through continued learning and integrity.
POTENTIAL - We believe that children and families have the potential to grow and flourish.
DIVERSITY - We embrace and celebrate diversity and welcome all kinds of families.
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.