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 familyconnections@banff.ca

Our in-person programs are currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see the information below for available programs and services.

Upcoming Programs 

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: April 19 & 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 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: April 8 & 22 Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Water Safety for Families 
The seasons are changing and families are enjoying more time outside near open water. Join Kerri Dance for this free, online workshop to learn about water safety and drowning prevention. All attendees will be entered to win a life jacket for their child. Open to all Bow Valley residents with a child aged 0-18. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: April 27       Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Infant First Aid & CPR
Join this free, online class designed for parents and caregivers with infants. A certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor will cover infant CPR, choking and wound management and introduce the basics of infant first aid. This is an educational workshop and does not provide certification upon completion. Open to all Bow Valley residents. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: April 29 Time: 10:00-11:00am

Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Prepare yourself and your preschooler for the transition to kindergarten in this free, 4 week online program. Topics include child development, skills that foster independence and responsibility, social-emotional development and an opportunity to meet a kindergarten teacher! Open to all residents of the Bow Valley with a child entering kindergarten in September of 2021. To register, email frnadmin@canmore.ca.
Date: Thursdays, May 6-27      Time: 6:00-7:00pm 

Prenatal Fitness
Come learn about the physical changes through the trimesters and how you can exercise safely throughout the different stages of your pregnancy. Being “Mom Strong” will help your pregnancy and recovery. This class is suitable for regular exercisers as well as those new to exercise who are looking to get started to help support a healthy pregnancy. Kiley is a Pre and Post-Natal Fitness Specialist and CSEP-Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist working with the Bow Valley Primary Care Network. Open to all residents of the Bow Valley. Register at www.bowvalleypcn.ca or by calling 403-675-3000.
Date: May 17 Time:10:00-11:30am

Family Walk & Wonder
Are you wondering about family resources and places to go with your children? Join us on a fun and easy 2km walk- exploring family friendly trails, parks, childcare and program spaces. Pack a snack and water bottle as we will have time to stop, eat and answer questions along the way. Carriers and strollers recommended for young children. Open to all residents of the Bow Valley. Register by May 3. Registration is limited to 8 people per walk due to COVID-19 public health restrictions. To register, email community.connections@banff.ca. Please register early to secure your spot!
Date: May 5    Time: 12-1:30pm OR 2-3:30pm   Location:   Meet at Banff Train Station

Family Connections Play Space  (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions)
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 (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions) 
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 (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions) 
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

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.


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

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 familyconnections@banff.ca or call 403.762.1229.

Other Bow Valley Family Resource Network Programs

The Town of Canmore also offers free, Bow Valley Family Resource Network programs- open to all residents of the Bow Valley. 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 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.