PARENTING AND FAMILIES
PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
COLT Program (Richmond)
Assistance for pregnant and/or parenting youth
Helps pregnant and/or parenting youth between the ages of 13 and 26 stay in school and complete their education. Staff work with mothers to overcome barriers to education and employment opportunities, including a lack of child daycare, economic difficulties, transportation, as well as relationship and personal issues.
PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN
Healthy Connections: You and Your Baby (Vancouver)
Counselling and support for pregnant women with past trauma
Program for pregnant women and moms with a history of trauma which may affect their ability to bond with their child. Support comes through individual counselling, relationship counselling, plus group and community support. Available to Vancouver residents.
Parents Connect (New Westminster)
Discussion group for moms with young children
Guided discussion groups for moms with children 6 years and under. Volunteer parent connectors share experiences and community resources. Programs offered for children 1 year and up, while younger children stay with mom in the adult program room.
Single Moms’ Support Group (New Westminster)
Support group for single moms with young children
Program to help single moms with children 0-5 years old living in New Westminster connect with other moms, share the joys and challenges of solo parenting, and learn about community resources. Bus tickets and free child minding are available.
PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS
Parent-Teen Mediation (New Westminster and Burnaby)
Support for parents and teens experiencing conflict
A program helping parents and teens come together to solve their problems. A mediator assists the family in finding ways to resolve disputes that work for both parents and teens. Available to residents of Burnaby and New Westminster.
PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) (New Westminster)
Program for parents/caregivers of children 2-6
Learn strategies to encourage your child to develop language and literacy skills that will help them adapt to their community and prepare them for school. The program is open to all parents, grandparents, caregivers, newcomers and citizens. Parents and children participate in the program together.
Raising Exceptional Children (New Westminster)
Support group for parents of children with special needs
Relax while connecting with other parents, sharing the challenges of parenting exceptional children, and learning about community resources.
Nobody’s Perfect Parenting (Richmond)
Courses for parents or grandparents of young children
Discover positive parenting methods and learn about child development, safety, health, and behaviour. Share parenting questions, concerns, and ideas in this supportive environment.
Positive Discipline Parenting (Richmond)
6-week parenting program for parents of young children
Program helping parents teach their children to develop self-discipline, responsibility, problem-solving, skills and self-esteem. Parents are invited to share and discuss real-life scenarios using positive discipline tools. For parents of children 0-6 years old.
Art and Songs (Richmond)
Group for parents and their young children
Parents and their children ages 2.5-5 get the opportunity to explore the child’s creative self through arts and crafts, songs, and stories. Each week offers a different theme for early literacy, as well as different materials and projects for children to explore their creativity.
Food Skills for Families (Vancouver)
6-week program for at-risk populations including newcomers, seniors, and people on low incomes
A hands-on curriculum that makes healthy eating, shopping, and cooking easy, quick, and fun. Gain confidence in the kitchen and learn to make healthy meals, and snacks.
RESP Information Sessions and Support (Vancouver and New Westminster)
Information sessions for anyone who wishes to open an RESP account for a child
Learn how to receive free government grants for children’s education savings, as well as one-on-one support for parents and families living in Metro Vancouver.