On Staurday, October 3, 2015, enjoy free, behind-the-scenes access to popular City of Vancouver sites! This is such a neat event and several spaces are very child friendly. Kick off Doors Open Vancouver a day early at City Hall... detals below:
Come one, come all to our Canada Day Celebration! This event will be held the day before Canada Day: Tuesday June 30 from 10 AM - 1 PM. The regular family drop-in will be closed that day for the event.
The Family Centre will be closed for the statutory holiday on Canada Day itself. Everything will be back to normal on Thursday, July 2.
We hope to see you there!
1-2-3 Jump! is a physical literacy program for 3yr olds and their parents. 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.
Our friends at Marpole Oakridge Family Place are hosting
A No-Court Approach to Separation and Divorce: Clean Divorce Workshop, Facilitated by Rahul Aggarwal, Collaborative Lawyer & Family Law Mediator
A respectful approach to resolving family disputes as a team.
Rather than focusing on positions and entitlements, Collaborative Divorce professionals help the parties focus on individual and mutual interests that help guide decisions to establish a solid foundation for life after separation.
When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 6:30-8:30 pm.
Where: Marpole Oakridge Family Place; 8877 Selkirk Street, Vancouver. Street parking is available
How: Parents must register in advance by emailing Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 25.
No childmind is available; for adults only. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided
Finding quality child care can be a difficult task. Thankfully, there are folks who can help! Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre provides information, referrals, training and resources to families, individuals and organizations who are seeking the best care and early learning for children. They also publish a Parents' Guide to Selecting and Monitoring Child Care in BC.
Also, on Wednesday, October 15 during the afternoon drop in (1 - 3 PM), advisers from Westcoast Childcare Resource will visit us with information about how to choose quality child care, they can also help you customize a child care list for your specific needs, or provide information about current vacancies. We hope to see you there!
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It costs a lot of money to support a family and everyone needs as much help as they can get. Today we have a bit of information about Education & Training Savings Plans as well as the Humanomics Youth Savings Account.
Families in British Columbia are encouraged to start planning and saving early for their children’s post-secondary education or training program. To help, the B.C. Government will contribute a grant of $1,200 to eligible children through the BCTES grant. You can find out more details about the grant here and you can watch a short informative video here.
The Humanomics Youth Savings Account offer is available for a limited time at participating Humanomics credit unions. These accounts are for 11 or 12 year olds. They must open the account in their own name, with a deposit of $25, or a recurring monthly deposit of $10 for three months. On the account's first year anniversary, there's a bonus of 20%*. By the third year, there's a bonus of 5%*. That’s up to $125 for free. You can find out more information on the Humanomics website (they also have a short informative video, too).
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Today is Vancouver's Family Place Day! To celebrate this and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we are having a potluck after our morning drop in. Our drop in will start at the normal time (9:30 AM), and the potluck lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. We would love to have you join us!, just show up with some food to share!
There are also four other Family Places in Vancouver. Please take a few minutes to peruse their websites to find out more!
The text of the Proclamation above (for those interested):
Whereas Family Places (also known as Family Resource Programs FRPs) make a difference in the lives of families with young children and build healthy relationships and community networks;
And Whereas Family Places work with their communities on different levels to address issues around family support, settlement, parenting, early childhood development, isolation, advocacy, and community;
And Whereas Family Places provide opportunities for families to come together to learn, share, network, and support each other;
And Whereas Family Places are active in their efforts to find support to run their many family-focused programs and services;
And Whereas Families and caregivers with young children (ages 0 to 6), volunteers and community partners, come together to create healthy, caring, and inclusive communities for everyone;
And Whereas Our communities are better places in which to live when families have opportunities to form healthy relationships and build community;
Now, Therefore, I, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, Do Hereby Proclaim Thursday, October 9th as
Family Place Day in the city of Vancouver.
Today we have a video preview of the course we run occasionally throughout the year. The speaker is Dr. Gordon Neufeld, a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change.