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Early Years Services

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About Early Years Services

Our communities are filled with vibrant and dynamic children and parents but the simple truth is that parenting can be tough, very tough. It is important to acknowledge that as parents we don’t need to sit alone in our separate corners of parenting, knowing it is hard and confusing at times, when instead we can come together and overcome some of the challenges to best support the well-being of our children.

The Early Years Services understand that the journey of parenthood is punctuated with varying levels of needs and vulnerability and parents and families do not fall into discrete categories of ‘vulnerable’ and ‘not-vulnerable’. When given a little extra help, families can access direct services that are needed most and can build a solid foundation to overcome challenges that arise during a child’s early years.

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Tri-Cities Early Years Services

Tri-Cities Early Years Services provide a range of child-centered, community-based services for children 0-6 years old and their families that are easily accessible and barrier-free. Programs will take place throughout multiple locations at different times during the week within the Tri-Cities area. Programs are FREE and accommodate families’ diverse cultural and linguistic needs while working to reduce potential barriers (special needs, childcare, time and location).

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Healthy Babies Program

Healthy Babies is a Pregnancy Outreach Program available to pregnant women and women with babies under six months of age. Healthy babies provides new and expecting moms with extra support and resources such as food vouchers, vitamins, child-minding, transportation tickets and other community resources.

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Mother Child Parenting Plus

It is important a mother and her child are provided the opportunity to build a significant bond during the child’s early years. The Parenting Plus program is provided to women in custody at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (ACCW). While ensuring the health, safety and security of the child, this program provides support and strategies to pregnant women and new mothers.

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Tri-Cities Early Years Services

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  • Do you have a child/children between 0-6 years old?

  • Are you looking for extra FREE family support services?

Tri-Cities Early Years Services include 4 different programs:

  1. Family Resource Programs

  2. Family Navigation and Outreach

  3. Parent Educational Workshops and Support Groups

  4. Parent Ambassador Program

 

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Family Resource Programs: Free drop-in services

Are you looking for relationship-building and family bonding activities with your child? Centres and resource programs provide play-based learning, early learning and literacy, parent education, information and referrals.

  • Gain access to additional support from professionals and peers

  • Receive referrals to helpful community resources

Check out the schedule on our calendar below for details and registration!


Family Navigation and Outreach Program

Are you looking for extra one-on-one emotional support, system navigation or information towards community connections and resources? A Family Navigator is available to support your family’s journey in many ways! Contact FamilyNav@westcoastfamily.org for more information.

Family Navigators are here to help with One-to-One Navigation by:

  • Email

  • Phone (call or text)

  • In-person home visits or community meet-ups

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Parent ambassador program

Are you a parent new to Canada? Would you like to learn more about raising healthy children in their new cultural environment? Become a Parent Ambassador and attend universal programs to build your capacity and resilience to help their children develop in a healthy way.

How to become a Parent Ambassador:

  • Training is offered twice a year in April and October. Training is available to parents/caregivers who have demonstrated strong leadership in their community.

  • Each training requires participants attend 7 sessions (2 hours each) and 14 practicum sessions within a 4-month period


Parent education and support groups

Are you looking for new opportunities to engage with your children and manage reoccurring parenting challenges?

Connect with other parents and learn about early childhood development while gaining peer-to-peer support!

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Additional Early Years Resources

Have a look at additional community resources and supports.


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Tri-Cities Early Years Partners

Building on the success and learning from 8 prominent and experienced organizations, each partner agency offers complementary services that support all children and youth to live in safe, healthy and nurturing families that are strongly connected to their communities and culture. Together, all Early Years Services partners strive to achieve the same goal, to deliver inclusive, culturally safe, responsive and accessible services that support the well-being of children, youth and families in the Tri-Cities.

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Early Years Program Calendar Tri-Cities

 
 

Check out Tri-Cities Community Resources Map

 
 
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Tri-Cities Early Years Service Partners

Tri-Cities Early Years Services wouldn’t be possible without the caring collaboration from all partner agencies.

Tri-Cities Kids Matter Resource Map

 

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