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Tickets to our fabulous annual fundraiser are now available through Eventbrite for $45 + service fee.Your ticket price includes food from local restaurants, 1 beverage, live music, and the opportunity to  participate in our silent auction and basket draws. Click the image above and follow the links to find out more and purchase your tickets today!

Parent as Provider
When you sign-in at the family centre, we are now encouraging the adults to take responsibility for putting the piece of fruit they have brought to share on the fruit plate, as well as for putting money in the donation box. We recognize that there are a variety of reasons adults might want to include their children in these steps, however, providing food and monetary support are the adult's job. Also, much of the fruit gets damaged - either from being dropped or squeezed before getting on the plate!

Label Those Coats!
Even though you might know exactly what your child's coat looks like and exactly where you left it in the boot room, there might be another family who has the same exact coat (or boots, etc.) even though they are in a different size. So many children wear outerwear from the same shops, it can get confusing! If everyone puts their last name and phone number in their child's coat, then if there is an accidental swap, there is a way of contacting the other family. Even just a piece of masking tape inside the jacket or near the top of the boots will work for a while.

Repair Person Needed!
The Family Centre has a number of small repairs that need to be addressed, and all our volunteer repair people have "graduated" from our program. If you have tools, time, and feel confident that you could fix a couple of doors, strengthen a desk, and sand and refinish a hand rail, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And Now, On to February...
January 30 - March 12, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr 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. This session is full, but please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the spring session.
February 8, Monday:Family Day Holiday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
February 11, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Teddy Bear Clinic Bring your teddy bear or other doll and participate in thisproject geared towards familiarizing pre-school aged children with medical equipment and working with doctors from UBC's School of Medicine. By playing doctor with the child and treating their own Teddy for a made-up disease, we hope to reduce the anxiety the children experience at their first/next clinic visit.
February 16 - March 15, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria

Looking Ahead to March...
March 2, Wednesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill On this Wednesday, during the morning drop-in, we will have a fire drill. This can be a fun and/or interesting experience, but it will definitely be a different sort of day for everyone. We will use a hand-held bell (not our building's alarm bell) to alert the beginning of the drill.
March 10, Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 PM Savour Our NeighbourhoodLeave your kids at home and join us for our annual fundraiser, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. There will also be entertainment provided by a collective of Vancouver’s finest musicians, as well as a silent auction. The auction will include a variety of amazing items, including a Les Paul guitar autographed by Sonny Landreth. This is an adult only event (19+). Please join us for what is certain to be a joyful celebration of local food, wine and community in support of the Mt Pleasant Family Centre Society. Tickets available to purchase here. We will need volunteers to make this evening run smoothly, be on the lookout for an email requesting volunteers in the next few days!
March 11, Friday: The Family Centre is CLOSED today as we recover from putting on our fundraiser!
March 25, Friday:Good Friday Holiday The Family Centre is closed today.
March 28, Monday:Easter Monday The Family Centre is closed today

Would You Like to Help Syrian Refugees?

Currently, there are approximately 300 refugees from Syria in Vancouver. Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program (part of the Mt. Pleasant Family Centre Society) aims to bridge the gap that refugee families may experience in accessing services within their communities and shortening the pathway between arrival and integration. You can click the button below to make a charitable donation to CCC.


And now, on to January!
January 8 & 15, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Mornings Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for two special mornings of playtime just for them! Please sign up in advance with Ewa or Maria
January 13, Wednesday: End of Morning Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
January 18 - March 7, Mondays: 3:30 - 5 PM Circle of Security At times, all parents feel lost or clueless about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking of you. The Circle of Security Parenting Program can help. Childcare available. Please ask staff for more information and to sign up!
January 30 - March 12, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr 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. To register, please speak with Flora.

Looking Ahead to February...
February 11, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Teddy Bear Clinic Bring your teddy bear or other doll and participate in thisproject geared towards familiarizing pre-school aged children with medical equipment and working with doctors from UBC's School of Medicine. By playing doctor with the child and treating their own Teddy for a made-up disease, we hope to reduce the anxiety the children experience at their first/next clinic visit.
February 16 - March 15, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria

Even in January, Your Membership Counts!

Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $45 per year. Membership fees are a much needed part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop In program, parent education, workshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.

Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability. If you purchase or renew your membership in January, that's less than $3 per week!

If you did not have a membership last year, please go directly to our membership page. To renew your membership please go to CanadaHelps.org. When you visit the Family Centre, you can pay using cash, credit card, or cheque. Please speak to one of our Family Support Workers and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase an MPFCS membership.


Thanks, CIBC!

December 22, 2015

CIBC Toy Donation

This year, the kind folks at CIBC donated many wonderful gifts for the children of our families who have come to Canada as refugees. In the picture above, the children at ISS Welcome House (where many of the government assisted refugees arrive) created a beautiful thank you card which was handed over from the Circles of Care and Connection staff to Ivan from CIBC.

Multicultural Awards

This year our Circles of Care and Connection early years refugee program was among over 200 nominees  for  British Columbia Multicultural Awards.  

On November 20, as part of the celebrations of B.C.’s Multiculturalism Week,  the Government of B.C. and the Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) hosted the British Columbia Multicultural Awards, previously known as the Provincial Nesika Awards, event. The event recognized and honoured  the multicultural accomplishments of individuals, organizations and businesses in our province.

Donations for Refugees

December 2, 2015

Mount Pleasant Family and Centre and Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program have received numerous phone calls and messages from our families and neighbours wanting to find out how they can help refugees in Vancouver. It is so great to be part of such a welcoming community! Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program aims to bridge the gap that refugee families may experience in accessing services within their communities and shortening the pathway between arrival and integration. CCC is a small grass roots organization operating out of very limited space and so, would welcome your financial donations. You can click the button below to make a charitable donation to CCC.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

If you have items to donate, the following agencies are accepting donations for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Each location may have limited storage capacities. Please contact them directly to make sure what kind of items they can accept.

Inland Refugee Society 778-328-8888  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muslim Food Bank 1-866-824-2525  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eversafe Outreach Society 778-574-1998  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HomeStart Foundation 604-708-9556  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Annual Bake Sale is Happening NOW!


Bring your cash to the Family Centre and take home some tasty treats made by your friends! Many items are only $1 each! Also, the lovely folks at Aspen Clean have donated a two hour house cleaning session. You can purchase a raffle ticket to win this amazing prize at the bake sale and at our Winter Celebration Party next week! Tickets are $5. All proceeds from the bake sale and raffle go toward our Winter Celebration Party.

November 30 - December 3: during all drop-in sessions Annual Bake Sale Bring your cash and purchase tasty treats made by your friends. All proceeds go toward our Winter Celebration Party
December 10, Thursday: 10 AM - 1 PM Winter Celebration Party Join us at the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway). The Family Drop-In will beCLOSED this morning, but the Baby Drop-In will be OPEN this afternoon.
December 4 - 18, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and fruitful interaction with them.
December 24 - January 4: The Family Centre will be closed for Winter Holidays.We will reopen Tuesday, January 5.

Looking Forward to January...
January 5, Tuesday: Welcome Back!
January 8 & 15, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Mornings Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for two special mornings of playtime just for them! Please sign up in advance with Ewa or Maria.
January 22 - February 26, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development, meet other parents and share ideas. Childcare is available for children who will be happy with staff in the playroom for the 2 hr program. Ask staff for more info and to sign up. This program is free for members
End of January, Saturdays:10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 yr 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. More details coming soon! To register, please speak with Flora.

Even in December,Your Membership STILL Counts!
Annual memberships expire at the end of April, and cost $45 per year. Membership fees are a much needed part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop In program, parent education, workshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.

Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability. A Family Membership at the MPFCS is $45.00. If you renew in December, that's approximately $2.25 per week.

If you did not have a membership last year, please go directly to our membership page. To renew your membership please go to CanadaHelps.org. When you visit the Family Centre, you can pay using cash, credit card, or cheque. Please speak to one of our Family Support Workers and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase a MPFCS membership

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