Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
We are a non-profit society offering a range of resources and services for parents, caregivers and their young children, pre-birth to 6 years. A Home Away From Home, Mount Pleasant Family Centre is a place for families with young children to drop in, make new friends, learn new skills and receive support in times of need.
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
Families Canada (FC) and the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) are pleased to launch Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic, a webinar series created in response to the current COVID-19 climate. The webinar will highlight some possible effects of the pandemic on young children’s behaviours and emotions and discuss ways to support children, families and service providers through a series of presentations and open plenary.
Isabelle Vinet, an expert in the prevention of disruptive behaviours during early childhood and Executive Director of the CEECD, will facilitate the series.
Every Wednesday starting TODAY at 1 PM EDT in English and 2 PM EDT in French.
How do I join?
Please register in advance for this webinar series at this link!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
What’s on the agenda for this week?
Introduction and welcome
Presentation on self-regulation in early years
Q&A and plenary
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. and her team at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic are now providing services across the province of British Columbia on their newly established Telehealth platform. Also Dr Vanessa’s team has opened 70 short-term spaces for sliding scale clients with up to a 50% fee reduction for families that are in need.
B.C. Support Services for your Family: one-on-one phone support
- Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311 (voicemail, with others)
- Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
- BC Wide: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- Seniors’ Distress Line: 604-872-1234
- Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)
- Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)
Government of BC has created a COVID-19 self assessment tool. Click on the link to determine if you need further assessment or testing- http://covid19.thrive.health/
The Crisis Centre of BC is available to help 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Please feel free to call Vancouver Crisis Line: 604-872-3311 if you or your family member are in crisis during this challenging time.
Please check their website for more information crisiscentre.bc.ca
In the light of the spread of the Covid-19, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of everyone at the Family Centre. As safety is always our highest priority we wish to inform that All our programs at the Family Centre, Circle of Care and Connection and Dads’ Drop-In will be closed as of now. We will however, continue to monitor the situation closely by following the latest guidance from the health authorities on the daily basis to let families know about the resumption of our programs. I would thank you all for your continued support at these challenging times.
In this time of uncertainty, we all need to do our best to Flatten the Curve:
WHAT TO DO:
- Wash your hands >20 seconds with soap and warm water.
- Avoid crowds.
- Cancel all non-essential travel anywhere.
- If you can work from home, do so!
- Get a flu buddy (aka ‘pandemic pal’) and make back-up plans for care of children, pets, and those in need of special assistance
- Look beyond yourself. At all times, be kind to each other and be mindful of other people’s worries.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Do not touch your face.
- Do not attend non-essential public gatherings.
- Do not hoard masks, or essential supplies beyond your family's need.
- Do not shake hands; get creative with zero-contact greetings.
- Do not go to work if you are in any way sick.
- Do not go to the doctor without calling ahead.
To get the most up-to-date information, go to https://www.canada.ca/public-health
Be safe out there!
MPFCS Staff and Board