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. All 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 and offering well being activities for families in collaboration with other partners.
For family supports, questions or more information on FRN's programs and services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please note, due to COVID-19 the Family Connections Play Space is currently closed and the Running Rascals and Play For A Day programs are canceled until further notice. Until our reopening, the Bow Valley Family Resource Network has a number of online program offerings we encourage you to explore below. (Updated Nov.22)
Upcoming Programs & Services
Do you have questions about your child's eating? This class teaches you how to create a positive mealtime environment, introduce new foods and cope with mealtime struggles. Taught by Public Health Dietitian, Carley O’Kane, this class is for parents and caregivers with children 1-5 years of age. Open to all Bow Valley residents with free giveaways for all registrants! This session will be offered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: Friday, March 5 Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Parent & Baby Fitness
Join this free class designed for parents & caregivers with babies who are not yet walking. Instructor Kim Mayberry will lead you through a warm-up, low impact exercises and cool down. Register for single or multiple sessions. Open to all Bow Valley residents. Sessions are currently offered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: Every Tuesday in March Time: 10:00-10:45am
Bow Valley Prenatal Health Group
Join us for an online casual café, where you can meet with an Alberta Health Services childbirth educator and connect with other parents on the topics of pregnancy, nutrition, labour and birth, breastfeeding and feeding your baby, infant sleep, newborn care, transition to parenthood and early parenting. Register for single or multiple sessions. Open to all Bow Valley residents. This group will be meeting online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: March 11 & 25 and April 8 & 22 Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Bilingual and Multilingual Preschoolers
Many children are exposed to more than one language in their everyday lives. Families with preschoolers experiencing more than one language are invited to join us for an educational program led by Alberta Health Services Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), Jordan Bartlett. This session will include a short presentation about bilingualism and child language development- with a focus on answering questions and dispelling myths. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring any questions they may have on the subject of raising a child with more than one language in the home. Open to all Bow Valley residents. This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: Wednesday, March 17 Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Family Connections Play Space
The Family Connections Play Space is for parents and caregivers of young children aged 0-5 and is located upstairs at 101 Bear Street (formerly Parent Link). We welcome all Bow Valley families to join us for stories, play and socializing.
The Play Space is free, however pre-registration is required. Families may register for Mondays/Thursdays OR Tuesdays/Fridays. Registered families may attend programming at any time on their registered days only.
Running Rascals is an active play program for children who are able to free-stand and walk and runs out of the Pioneer Room at 101 Bear Street. This program provides time for little ones to play and socialize, while building their gross motor skills. Please note, Running Rascals is currently being offered during Family Connections Play Space sessions.
Play for a Day
Families who have previously established cohorts may have the opportunity to book the Family Connections Play Space and Running Rascals space for an hour and a half of un-programmed play. A cohort of up to 15 people may book the space once a month. Some cleaning responsibilities are required to comply with COVID-19 health protocols. This free program is offered to families and caregivers with children aged 0-5.
Location: 101 Bear Street- Family Connections Play Space & Pioneer Room
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.
Emotion Coaching One- to- One
Schedule a meeting to learn some strategies to help you raise emotionally healthy children by becoming more aware and understanding of their emotions while helping to support them in challenging situations. Email email@example.com or call 403.762.1229.
Other Bow Valley Family Resource Network Programs
The Town of Canmore is the ‘hub' service provider for all Bow Valley families. Information on their many programs and services are located on their virtual hub. If you are a Facebook user, please follow “Bow Valley Family Resource Network” for updates on programs and services for families.
Helpful 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! How to make sure every child is thriving by five.
- Look at Me! I am 3!
- Look at Me! I am 18 months!
- I’m Ready for Screens
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 storytimes, 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.