Family Resource Network  

The Town of Banff receives provincial funding to provide free programs and services as part of the Bow Valley Family Resource Network. Offerings are available to residents of the Bow Valley.

Family Resource Networks (FRNs) deliver prevention and early intervention services and supports for families with children aged 0 – 18.  The Town of Banff, Town of Canmore and Closer to Home work together to provide services and programs for Bow Valley residents. The Town of Banff’s services will have a focus on caregiver education and capacity building, coordinating social connection, child development and wellbeing and offerings in collaboration with other partners.

Where to Find Information

  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • If you are a Facebook user, follow “Bow Valley Family Resource Network” for updates on programs and services for families
  • Email our Family Connections Coordinator at familyconnections@banff.ca
  • The Town of Canmore also offers free, Bow Valley Family Resource Network programs- open to all residents of the Bow Valley. Visit their virtual hub for more information.

Upcoming Programs

Family Connections Play Space
The Family Connections Play Space is for caregivers of young children aged 0-6- providing a welcoming and warm space for families to enjoy. Bring your little one and drop-in to play, socialize and connect with friendly Family Resource Network staff. Free and open to all families of the Bow Valley- this is a drop-in program and does not require registration. Masks are optional.
Dates & Times: 9:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.)

Running Rascals 
This drop-in program is for young children who are able to free-stand and walk- providing time to play and socialize, while building gross motor skills. Caregivers may connect with friendly, Family Resource Network staff and each other- while enjoying time with their little ones. Toys and equipment will be provided. Free and open to all families of the Bow Valley. This is a drop-in program and does not require registration. Masks are optional. 
Dates & Times: 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. Thursdays and 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Saturdays
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.) 

Get Out  
Are you in Grade 7–10? Get in on some Friday night fun at Get Out! Have your choice from a variety of activities and equipment while enjoying time with friends and our Youth Leader. With a weekly prize draw and tons of sport equipment to use- it’s the place to be on Friday nights! Get Out is free and open to all Bow Valley youth to drop-in, registration is not required.
For program dates and times, click here.
Location: Banff Elementary School 

Leader In Training (L.I.T) 
Grades 9-11
Aug. 2-5 Training component 10am-3pm
Aug.8-12 Volunteer placement component 9am-4pm
Are you ready to lead? Join the Bow Valley Family Resource Network (BVFRN) and Summer Fun team for this two-week leadership development program. Learn what it takes to program plan, problem solve and work with children on their level. Find your own leadership style in our week of training - then practice your skills as a volunteer leader with the Summer Fun day camp program. All L.I.T. participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program. L.I.T. registration opens May 4.
Note- participants must attend both weeks of the program to receive their certificate 
Location: Week One -Fenlands Recreation Centre, Week Two- Banff Elementary School 
All Bow Valley Family Resource Network programs are free of cost 

Available Services

Closer to Home - Healthy Families Program
Healthy Families is designed to help parents enhance their parenting skills and improve their knowledge and understanding of child development, child health and positive family functioning and in addition, to increase their connections with their community to support them and their family. It provides home visitation services to families with children ranging in age from newborn to 6 years old (at time of referral) who are facing challenges that may negatively impact their child’s development and their family’s well-being. Services are voluntary and include between one to 3 visits a week in a family’s home and/or community, depending on the needs of the family. An initial screening will assess a family’s eligibility for the program. Please contact familyconnections@banff.ca or call 403-762-1229 for further information.

Rainbows
Do you have a child who is experiencing grief due to divorce, separation, death or other loss? The Rainbows program is free and provides support to children and youth in Kindergarten to Grade 8- connecting with a trained Rainbows facilitator and other peers in a small, intimate group setting. Confidentiality and safety of all participants is priority. If you feel your child could benefit from Rainbows, please contact familyconnections@banff.ca or call 403-762-1229.

Developmental Screening
Child development is happening all the time, even during our current health crisis. We invite you to complete a FREE online Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ and ASQ - Social Emotional) to check-up on your child's development. These parent-completed evaluation tools assess the development of children 0-5 years old in the areas of: communication, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, personal social skills and social/emotional development. Once completed, a trained professional reviews the completed questionnaire and can meet virtually to offer fun activities to enhance development and/or make referrals, if necessary. If you would like to receive an online ASQ/ASQ-SE please click here.

Family Connections Play Space Bookings
Private bookings are available for those operating a licensed day home, or professionals working for an not-for-profit agency supporting children with special needs. Please email familyconnections@banff.ca for further information and availability. 

Resources for Families: 

Alberta Health Services, Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, public education sessions on child and youth emotional wellness and health topics . For information or to register, click here or visit http://community.hmhc.ca/.

AHS: Help in Tough Times: List of resources, including coping strategies for families and children during Covid-19

I’m Ready Booklets: Information for Parents with Children Under 5:

Zero to Three:  Information for parents of young children

Anxiety Canada:  Resources for coping with anxiety.

Triple P Positive Parenting:  Online parenting courses (toddlers to tweens and pre-teens to teens) and resources for families

Banff Public Library: Find information for story-times, memberships and more

Banff Recreation:  Find resources for staying active during the Covid-19 pandemic, including family kits that can be borrowed.

Active for Life: Information on raising physically literate kids.