September 16 - November 4, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 3 years olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. Registration is required.The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Please ask Flora or Theresa for more info and to sign up.
September 28, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during Baby Drop-In. Come sing,rhyme and enjoy stories with the librarian.
CLICK HERE to view the September schedule.
The Conversation Circles program will continue on Mondays so that parents who came to Canada as refugees can practice English while their children participate in our early childhood development program.
On September 13 (Wednesdays), the new Healthy Together Program starts. Healthy Together is an innovative and unique family education program that brings families together to learn how to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships. It is offered thanks to financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Let’s learn, move, cook, and eat together! Space is limited, to register please call 778 372 6552 after September 8, 2017.
On September 19, (from 1:30pm to 2:30) the Sound, Movement and Play Program starts again. Through this fun folk song approach developed by the Living Language Institute, children and their parents/caregivers are engaged in singing, movement and social play.
I look forward to hearing from you! Gini
The families participating in the Circles of Care and Connection Early Years Refugee Program started visiting farmer’s markets again. In July, 46 CCC families (55 adults and 52 children) went to Main St. Station Market to buy fresh, locally grown food. “We all had fun today, my children loved eating fresh fruits and vegetables,” one dad told us.
Thanks to the Fresh to Families Project supported by Whole Foods Market, low-income families, newly arrived refugees, and at risk expectant mothers receive Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs, and nuts from local farms and producers.
July 6, Thursday: Drop-In 9:30 - 11:30 AM and Baby Drop-In 1 - 3 PM VPL Librarian Visit Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Registration is required. Please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.
Canada Day Event
On Friday, June 30, we have our annual Canada Day event from 10AM - 1PM!
Come out to see and enjoy arts & crafts, face painting, Yeeri the Magician, Hiphop dancing, Vancouver Fire Dept fire truck, VPL Story Bus, cake and more for free!
Bring your picnic lunch and blankets. See you there!
Mij is currently a 3rd year Psychology student at UBC. She has a lot of experience working with children, especially with improving their literacy, and creating arts and crafts with them. So, it makes sense that she is drawn to psychology topics such as child development. Mij works in the playroom as a Child and Family Support Assistant, helping run drop-in programs. She is very grateful to be working with awesome staff and meeting families at the Family Centre!
Alice is currently a 4th year International Relations major at UBC. Beginning her second month at the Family Centre as a Special Events Assistant, she is beyond excited to be here, working and interacting with all the lovely staff, families and children. She is truly thankful to be in a warm, supportive and multicultural environment. Alice's passions lie in French, helping others and learning new cultures and languages. She is looking forward to meeting you all!
CLICK HERE to view the July schedule.
Your Membership is Important!
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $45 per year. That is only 86 cents per week! If you and your children enjoy coming to our centre, we would greatly appreciate your purchase/renewal of membership.
Membership fees are a crucial part of our annual revenue to continue our Family Drop In program, parent education, worshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.
In order to meet our fundraising goal, we need 333 families to purchase/renew their membership. We are at approximately 100 memberships so far. We continue to accept payment via cash, cheque or credit card.
For more information, please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.