Bow Valley Parent Link

Parent LinkThe Bow Valley Parent Link Centre is a partnership between the Town of Banff Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and Town of Canmore FCSS. Services are offered free of charge to families with children up to five years of age. Families and caregivers are encouraged to attend at any location regardless of where you live. Programs run throughout the year in Banff, Canmore and Exshaw.

*This edition of the booklet is from 2014. Some of the activities or events in the booklet may not be up to date. If you are interested in an activity or event listed in the booklet, it is best to call the location or hosts of the event ahead of time to ensure the event is still running.

Family Connections Stay and Play Drop-in Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9-11:45 a.m.
101 Bear Street (above the Library)
Email Parent Link Banff or call 403.762.1116.

Family Connections Stay and Play Drop-in Hours
Tuesday 1-3:45 p.m.
Friday 9-11:30 a.m.
600-9th Street
Email Parent Link or call 403.678.2529.

Family Connections Stay and Play Drop-in Hours
Thursday 9:30-11:45 a.m.
14 Heart Mountain Drive
Email Parent Link or call 403.678.2529.

Lake Louise
Seasonal events are offered in Lake Louise. Please contact us for more details.
Email us or call 403.678.7149.

Stay up to Date
Subscribe to the Bow Valley Parent Link's monthly newsletter and get updates on upcoming programs and service or like the Facebook page.

Regular Programs and Services
Triple P – 1:1 Parent Consultation
Are you looking for new ideas for a specific challenging behaviour? Meet with the Triple P facilitator at the Parent Link Centre for a four session consultation to learn strategies to help you gain confidence in effectively managing this behaviour.

Call 403.678.2535 or email us to set up an appointment or for further information

Family Support
Families or caregivers with children 0 to 6 years throughout the Bow Valley can access support with the BVPL Child and Family Worker (CFW). The CFW will be available to meet with families 1:1 to address child development and parenting challenges, difficult life transitions and provide advocacy or assistance to access community resources. Call 403.678.2535 or email us to set up an appointment or for further information.

Relationship Counselling
Confidential, professional relationship counselling is available to Bow Valley couples with children from birth to 18 years of age. There are no fees and evening and weekend appointments are available. To make an appointment email Anthea Messier (RSW, BSW, BA) or call 403.678.7132.

Visiting Resource Professionals
Bow Valley Parent Link Banff and Canmore drop-in stay and play programs are regularly visited by various professional resource staff from within each community. Library staff are scheduled on a regular basis to promote literacy through the Circle Time program. Other professionals including public health nurses, occupational therapists, dentists and Alberta Health Services staff visit during drop in as well.

Developmental Screening ASQ & ASQ-SE
Bow Valley Parent Link Centres offer comprehensive developmental and social-emotional screening tools for families with children 0 to 6 years old. The A and ASQ-SE screening tools determine those children that are typically developing and ones that require further assessment. Parents fill out the assessment on their own or with the help of a facilitator.

Toy Lending Library
The Toy Lending Library is accessible through all three BVPL sites. The Toy Lending Library works like a book library and the sign out period is three weeks at a time. We have many different toys for children ages 0 to 6 years. Picture catalogues of the toys are available in the Canmore, Banff and Exshaw Centres. Call 403.678.2529 for more information.