Family Centres are the heart of early years programming in the Louis Riel School Division. The Centres, located within 12 elementary schools in the Division, provide free programming to parents with children six years of age and younger. While the Centres are closing for the summer, they will reopen for another great school year this September. So if you have young children and would like to participate in fun, learning activities and connect with other parents, check back for Family Centre updates online or talk to school staff in September.
Read on to learn about highlights from the past year.
On October 12, 2017, the annual Growing and Learning Together Fair for families with young children was held at Lavallee School. Families had fun engaging in developmentally appropriate activities, while learning about community resources available to support parents in an important job—raising healthy children!
From September 2017 to May 2018, 1,175 families made 30,544 visits to LRSD’s Family Centres. In addition to ongoing mentorship and promoting positive parenting practices, Family Centres also offered the following programs for families raising young children in four key areas:
- Learning & Literacy – Rock and Read; Read with Me; Alphabet Soup; Mother Goose; Messy Science; Trips to the Children’s Museum and the Farm; Ready for School programs; and Growing up Green.
- Nutrition and Health – Ways to Well-Being; Handle with Care; Yoga; Gym Time; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Families in the Kitchen; Family Breakfast, How Do I Cook That?; Nutrition Bingo; Wiggle, Giggle, Munch; First Aid/CPR training; and Ways to Well-Being.
- Positive Parenting – Nobody’s Perfect; Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting; Positive Parenting Program; and Handle with Care.
- Community Building – Healthy Potlucks; Indigenous Sew and Tell; Little Metis Sing with Me; Dream Catcher Workshop; and Community Kitchen.
Our Family Centre staff continue to facilitate the Roots of Empathy program in all of our elementary schools. Roots of Empathy is a classroom-based program focused on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of aggression in children. At the heart of the program is an infant and parent who visit the classroom once a month. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and to label the baby's feelings. For more information, contact Tricia Bailey Sauvé at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thank you to all Early Years staff, parents, and their children for filling our Family Centres with fun, laughter and learning. We look forward to another busy and productive year, and you are invited to join us on the journey! See you in September!
For more information about LRSD’s Family Centres, check out our brochure or visit Family Centres.
What are parents and community members saying about our Family Centres?
“Your Family Centre has been a wonderful place of learning, creating, sharing and laughing for all of us!”
“Thank you for all of the amazing programs and support you have provided for us this year! We are so lucky to have you.”
“[The Family Centre staff] have created a welcoming, diverse, beautifully organized, and calm space for parents, infants, and young children.”
(Below, from top left, clockwise): Parent and child making a book during Rock & Read. Daughter modelling rainbow skirt made by Mom during “Sew and Tell.” Parents and children in a Round Dance during Little Metis Sing with Me.