Family Resource Network  

The Town of Banff has received provincial funding to provide programs and services as part of the Bow Valley’s Family Resource Network.  Family Resource Networks (FRNs) deliver prevention and early intervention services and supports for families with children aged 0 – 18. The Town of Banff will work with the Town of Canmore and Closer to Home to provide services and programs open to all Bow Valley residents.

This webpage will contain information on programs and services physically located in Banff and provided to Banff residents, while being open to all residents of the Bow Valley.  The Town of Banff’s spoke services will have a focus on caregiver education and capacity building, as well as coordinating social connection and wellbeing activities for families in collaboration with other partners. 

Though we look forward to connecting with you in person, in the meantime, please reach out to familyconnections@banff.ca if you are in need of support relating to your family, if you have any questions about our programs and services, to sign up for news about programs, or for any information and referrals to the Family Resource Network.

With COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements, we are not able to provide drop-in programming at this time but once it is safe to do so, we do plan on opening up the play space at 101 Bear Street. 

Please check banff.ca/covidhelp for resources for families, as well as banff.ca/active for recreation ideas during this pandemic.  The library also has programming and resources for families happening right now.  Check www.banfflibary.ab.ca for information on online storytimes, memberships, pick up and delivery services, e-resources and more.

For access to virtual programs and services for parents and caregivers, the Bow Valley ‘hub service provider,’ the Town of Canmore has set up a virtual hub.  If you are a Facebook user, please follow “Bow Valley Family Resource Network” for updates on what’s happening for all families in the Bow Valley. 

Upcoming Programs & Services

Emotion Coaching
This 2-session workshop gives parents tools to be emotionally responsive parents and raise emotionally healthy children. The Gottman Institute has developed these Emotional Intelligence tools after more than 20 years of research on relationships, families and parenting styles. For families with children 8 and under. 

Program Dates: Tuesday, June 16 and June 23, 7-8 p.m., on Zoom. To register, or to express interest in this workshop at a later date, please call 403.762.1124 or email familyconnections@banff.ca

Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)

Our children continue to develop and grow even though we are living in different times. Parents, you can complete free Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ and ASQ-Social Emotional) to check-up on your child’s development. These questionnaires look at 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, Banff’s Family Connections Coordinator will review the questionnaire and can meet with you (online or by phone) to offer free and fun activities to encourage healthy development and/or make referrals if necessary. If you would like to complete a questionnaire for your child, please email familyconnections@banff.ca.

I’m Ready for Fun & Friends

Join the Banff Library and Family Resource Network for stories, rhymes, and play. Each week we will focus on a different domain of early childhood development. This 5 week program (Fridays at 10am from May 22nd-June 19th) is open to families with children 0-5. To register, visit banfflibrary.ab.ca/events. Participants will be sent a link to join the program on Zoom.

Helpful Resources for Families: 

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 storytimes, memberships and more

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