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.

COVID-19 Update (Sept.16, 2021)
Please note, entry to the Catharine Robb Whyte building and FRN program spaces require adults and children over the age of 2 years to wear a mask. The Restrictions Exemption Program is in effect- adults and children aged 12 and older will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for entry to the Catharine Robb Whyte building and FRN program spaces. For further information regarding the provincial COVID-19 restrictions we are abiding by in order to remain open for in-person services, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid

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 

Nurture: For New Parents
Are you a new caregiver of an infant? Join Bow Valley Family Resource Network and Alberta Health Services staff for this free, six-week program- exploring topics most relevant to infant development. Connect with other families while learning about infant feeding, early language development, sleep and transitioning into the world of parenting! This program is free and open to all families of the Bow Valley caring for infants. Register online at www.banff.ca/register or by calling 403.762.1251. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be offered virtually.
Date: Wednesdays, October 20th - November 24th
Time: 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Family Connections Play Space
The Family Connections Play Space is for caregivers of young children aged 0-5- 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 required for adults and children over the age of 2. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for all attendees 12 years of age and older.
Date:  Wednesday and Friday mornings in October and November
Time: 9:00a.m.- 11:30a.m.
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear Street) 

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 required for adults and children over the age of 2. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for all attendees 12 years of age and older.
Date: Tuesday and Thursday mornings in October and Thursday and Saturday mornings in November
Time: 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
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 Ryan. 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.
Dates: October 22 and 29 and all Fridays in November
Time: 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Location: Banff Elementary School - Big Horn St. entrance 

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.