Peace Region Family Resource Network
Phone: (780) 624-0770
Email: [email protected]
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Services During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities in a variety of ways and due to public health orders, we will not be able to allow physical access to the Peace Region Family Resource Network location at this time.
The good news is that we are still here for families with children 0-18 and we are committed to offering services and programming in our region!
Parent education including tips, consultation and courses will be available virtually. We will also be able to provide general supportive listening and home visitation services through phone calls, teams, text messaging, email and other means. We will be working to continually adapt what we are offering and we welcome our community to be an active part of the process. Let us know which services would be most valuable to you and your families and watch for tips and live videos on our new Facebook page!
Areas We Serve
Families with Children Aged 0-18 who reside in our service area.
- Peace River
- Birch Hills County
- Clear Hills County
- Fairview No. 136
- Little Buffalo
- Hines Creek
- Northern Lights
- Northern Sunrise County
- Peace No.135
Family Resource Network Hub
Where are we Located?
Location: Baytex Energy Centre 9810 73rd street, Peace River, AB
Phone: (780) 624-0770
Email: [email protected]
Mailing Address: Box 6600, Peace River, AB, T8S 1S4
Our FRN Hub is an information centre for families with children aged 0-18. Family Education Facilitators are available to answer questions, provide evidence-based resources, connect families to community agencies and make referrals to services. Families can also attend programs that run at the hub (see Parent Education for more information), borrow books from our Resource Lending Library or sign out a literacy kit. Call 780-624-0770 for more information.
We have parent education resources, an extensive brochure wall and a children’s library that is available for families to browse and/or borrow from, during scheduled visits to the Family Resource Network. Call 780-624-0770 or ask a staff member for more information.
Literacy Kits are a fun educational way to promote your child’s early literacy skills, for use on site at the Baytex during a scheduled FRN hub time or at home. Each bin includes at least four books with toys and activities related to the books to expand on the learning and help you really bring those stories to life!
Kit topics: Feelings, Baby Animals, Kitchen Play, Indigenous Literacy, Bears, The Construction Bin, Ocean, Science & Bugs, Dinosaurs & Numbers, Tea Party, Food Play, The Caring Bin (Emotions), Vehicles, Music, Shapes, Farm, Wild Animals, Language & Physical Literacy.
Community Connection and Referral
FRN staff can help find and connect families to community services and refer families in our service area. We are serving Peace River, Berwyn, Birch Hills County, Clear Hills County, Fairview, Fairview No. 136, Grimshaw, Hines Creek, Little Buffalo, Manning, Nampa, Northern Lights, Peace No. 135, Northern Sunrise County.
*Check out our resources page for more! Please let us know if there is a resource that should be added to our list!
Did you know that you are doing things everyday that promote development? Talking and responding warmly to your chid and encouraging their growth lay foundations for future success! Raising children to be healthy, safe, and secure, while important, is not always easy! That is where the Home Visitation program comes in.
The Home Visitation program is designed for parents to be, and caregivers of children aged 0-6. We focus on parent/child interactions that support and nurture child development, growth and exploration with a program that is unique to each family.
At the Peace Region Family Resource Network, we also strive to be encouraging and culturally sensitive. We collaborate with you as a caregiver to ensure that activities are practical, linked to your goals, engaging, and built on what you are already doing well! Our program is voluntary, confidential, and free of charge. Contact us to see if the Home Visitation program is a good fit for your family!
We are proud members of the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association.
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Ages and Stages
The ASQ3 screens five key areas of development in young children to create a well-rounded snapshot of the child’s skills and abilities: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving skills and personal social skills. The ASQ-SE2 focuses exclusively on social-emotional development. These confidential screenings can be done online, in-home or onsite with support.
Interactive Family Time
Families can book 90-minute time slots at our FRN Hub (upstairs in the Baytex Energy Centre) to skill build & play together! A Family Education Facilitator will be on-site to assist with questions, book lending, resources, tip sheets and literacy kit sign out. The Peace Region Family Resource Network will be following the cleaning and physical distance guidelines set by Alberta Health Services. -See Interactive Family Time User Guidelines
Interactive Family Programs
These casual drop-in sessions are designed to help keep families with children aged 0-18 connected and informed in a fun and interactive way! Programs may include topics such as resiliency, social-emotional development, the developing brain, family literacy and community connection. They may be offered onsite, online or in your community.
For caregivers of children 0-12 months of age. Come gather with other caregivers going through the first year together, so you can share experiences, stories and the ups & downs of being a caregiver. We will watch our little ones work through those milestones within the first year. We will have activities and get creative together to build on their skills! Topics of discussion may include the developing brain, social-emotional development, gross and fine motor activities, safety and community connections. Sessions may be offered on-site, online or in your community.
Ready to Read
This virtual program was developed in partnership with the Peace River Municipal Library. In this thirty-minute interactive program, get ready to sing songs together and listen to stories that come alive with a take-home “Family Kit” that includes science experiments and art projects you can do to extend the wonder!
Sing a Long at Home
This is a virtual program developed to keep the importance of music alive, even during a pandemic! Join us to sing-along and move in the safety of your home. We will share tips, songs, and ideas to for you to use everyday to keep the love of movement and song going strong!
Building Blocks for Resilience Program
This six-week program provides information, tips, and fun activities to support your child’s growing brain, positive mental health and resilience skills. Geared for families with children aged 2 to 4 years of age. This program can be offered both in your community and virtually.
Simple Connections, Stronger Families: Resiliency Program
This four-week program is designed for ALL families, based on the Simple Connections, Stronger Families program created by YLL My Home and Alberta Health Services.
Our families are the ones we look to for Love, Support, Enjoyment and who we rely on when times are tough! In this program we will be doing activities to build our family’s resiliency and strengths. Each week we will connect virtually to participate in an activity i.e. yoga, a craft, a game, a story, and weekly family challenges! We will discuss personal wellness, building connections, sense of togetherness and more! Each family receives a resiliency kit with this program full of activities and resources to build your family up!
Circle of Security
Kids Have Stress Too!
Research shows that with help, even very young children can learn to manage stress effectively. Developed using evidence-based psychological knowledge and experts in psychology, early childhood development, education, and stress, the Kids Have Stress Too! programs are designed to positively influence children’s social and emotional development. For more information, and resources check out https://psychologyfoundation.org/
Triple P Positive Parenting Program (0-18)
Triple P is a research-based parenting program that gives caregivers the skills and the confidence that they need to help manage the big and small problems of family life and reduce everyday stress. Learn how to build stronger family relationships, manage misbehaviour, and prevent problems from happening in the first place. We have brief tip sheet sessions, seminars, discussion groups, one on one programs and groups. Sessions are offered by accredited practitioners onsite, online or in-home.
Every family has different needs, so Triple P has many different courses to choose from. You choose what is best for you and your family. It’s about giving you just the right amount of support you need! Call one of our Triple P Practitioners to find out more or to discuss options.
Triple P Tip Sheet Sessions - There Might Be a Tip Sheet for That!
Positive Parenting, Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, School-Aged Children, Teenagers.
Triple P Courses for Parenting Toddlers, Preschool & School-Aged Children (2 – 10 Years)
Positive Parenting in Uncertain Times
Join us virtually as we talk about parenting your toddler, preschooler, or school-aged child during this unprecedented time! How do you reassure your family, take care of yourself, talk to your children, maintain routines, keep them busy at home, deal with behaviour, stay connected and live with uncertainty and changing expectations?
The Triple P Seminar Series is a set of three brief information sessions that can be taken on-site or online. Families can sign up for one or all three! Topics include:
- The Power of Positive Parenting: For every parent who ever wondered: “Why does my child do that?” This seminar helps you understand the reasons kids do what they do, so you can guide their behaviour – and see more of the behaviour you like, and less of the behaviour you do not like.
- Raising Confident, Competent Children: You can help your child become confident and successful – at school and beyond. Find out ways to encourage them to be respectful and considerate, communicate and get on well with others, feel good about themselves and become independent problem solvers.
- Raising Resilient Children: How can you help your child manage their emotions, so they cope well with disappointment and in stressful situations? Get the strategies that will allow them to recognize positive and negative emotions – and deal with them in a healthy way.
Discussion groups are two-hour sessions that include a small take-home workbook and personalized plan to help you deal with a specific behaviour concern that you are experiencing with your toddler, preschooler, or school-aged child. Families can sign up for one or all four of these specific topics for common parenting problems:
- Dealing with Disobedience This discussion provides examples of common forms of disobedience and some reasons why children have difficulty learning to follow instructions. Several positive parenting strategies are then introduced to help parents develop a personal plan to prevent disobedience, teach their child limits, and manage misbehaviour.
- Managing Fighting and Aggression In this session parents are encouraged to share their experiences of aggressive and destructive behaviour from their children and discuss some of the reasons why children fight. This group covers the skills that children need to be able to cooperate and get along with others. Caregivers learn how to teach skills such as sharing, communicating and being gentle. They also prepare plans to manage times when fighting and aggression do occur.
- Developing Good Bedtime Routines This discussion topic explores different problems parents commonly face at bedtime and some of the reasons why they happen. The skills children need to get into a good bedtime routine are discussed and caregivers are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help prevent problems. Learn three techniques that encourage children to stay in their own bed throughout the night: the gentle, the gradual and the direct approach. All approaches are evidence-based, and parents choose which approach suits them best.
- Hassle-free Shopping with Children This discussion uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents must deal with difficult behaviour in public. Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step by step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on shopping trips. Parents develop individualized plans to manage problem behaviour during their own shopping trips and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.
Primary Care (Level 3) For Everyday Problems
Level 3 Triple P is a series of four to five personal support sessions with an Accredited Triple P Practitioner to set parenting goals, develop a plan and practice that plan with support, geared for parents with children aged 2-10 years of age. A combination of video and discussion will walk you through what might be contributing to your child’s behaviour, how you can encourage the behaviour you would like to see and how to manage misbehaviour. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
Group (Level 4) All You Want to Know
Level 4 Triple P is geared for parents with children aged 2-10 and takes Triple P strategies to the next level as you boost your confidence, learn a wide variety of strategies and work with an Accredited Triple P Practitioner to develop, practice and maintain a parenting plan that works for your family. Groups include four two-hour sessions with active discussion, a workbook and video clips to introduce you to the strategies, three one-on-one telephone sessions to assist with your at-home practice, and a follow-up group session or individual phone call session to pull it all together. *Certificates Available*
Triple P Courses for Parenting Preteens and Teens (11 to 16 years)
Parenting Your Preteen and Teen – in Uncertain Times!
Join us virtually as we talk about parenting your preteen/teen during this unprecedented time! How do you reassure your family, take care of yourself, talk to your teen, maintain routines, keep them busy and productive at home, deal with behaviour, stay connected and live with uncertainty and changing expectations? (link to pdf from Triple P)
Teen Seminar Series
The Triple P Teen Seminar series is a set of three brief information sessions that can be taken on site or online. Families can sign up for one or all three! Topics include:
- Seminar #1: Raising Responsible Teenagers: Find out what makes teenagers tick! You will come away with new ideas to encourage your teenager to make good decisions, be respectful, considerate, reliable, and involved in family life.
- Seminar #2: Raising Competent Teenagers: Set your teenager up for life with the strategies in this seminar which focuses on helping your child get the most out of their school years. Find out how to help them communicate well, develop self-discipline and good routines, follow rules, and solve problems.
- Seminar #3: Getting Teenagers Connected: Help your teenager develop good, supportive friendships. You will learn ways to build their confidence, encourage their social skills, help them to plan and meet commitments and encourage them to take care of others.
Teen Primary Care (Level 3) For Everyday Problems
Level 3 Teen Triple P is a series of four to five personal support sessions with an Accredited Triple P Practitioner to set parenting goals, develop a plan and practice that plan with support, geared for parents with children aged 11-16 years of age. A combination of video and discussion will walk you through what might be contributing to your teen’s behaviour, how you can encourage the behaviour you would like to see, deal with risky behaviour, and manage emotions. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
Teen Group (Level 4) All You Want to Know
Level 4 Teen Triple P is geared for parents with children aged 11-16 and takes Triple P strategies to the next level as you boost your confidence, learn a wide variety of strategies and work with an Accredited Triple P Practitioner to develop, practice and maintain a parenting plan that works for your family. Groups include four two-hour sessions with active discussion, a workbook and video clips to introduce you to the strategies, three one-on-one telephone sessions to assist with your at-home practice, and a follow-up group session or individual phone call session to pull it all together. *Certificates Available*
Triple P Courses For Parenting your Child with a Disability
Parenting Your Child with a Disability – in Uncertain Times!
Join us virtually as we talk about parenting your child during this unprecedented time! How do you reassure your family, explain COVID-19, take care of yourself, communicate with your child, maintain routines, keep them busy, deal with behaviour, stay connected and live with uncertainty and changing expectations?
Stepping Stones Seminars – Positive Parenting in a Nutshell
The Triple P Seminar Series is a set of three brief information sessions that can be taken on-site or online. Families can sign up for one or all three! Topics include:
- Seminar #1: Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability: An introduction to the seven core principles of positive parenting: Ensuring a safe engaging environment, creating a positive learning environment, using assertive discipline, having realistic expectations, looking after yourself as a parent, adapting to having a child with a disability and being part of the community.
- Seminar #2: Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential: Learn how to use the positive parenting principles to promote your child’s development by teaching new skills: choosing a skill to teach, breaking the skill into steps, choosing regards, deciding when and where to teach, using effective teaching strategies and keeping track.
- Seminar #3: Changing Problem Behaviour into Positive Behaviour: Learn how to manage problem behaviour in ways that help children learn alternative behaviours. You will be introduced to six key steps including tracking the behaviour, understanding why the behaviour is occurring, changing events that occur before the problem, encouraging alternative behaviour, removing accidental rewards and putting the plan into action.
Stepping Stones Primary Care (Level 3) – For Everyday Problems
Level 3 Stepping Stones Primary Care Triple P is a series of four to five personal support sessions with an Accredited Triple P Practitioner to set parenting goals, develop a plan and practice that plan with support. It is geared for parents with children who have or are suspected to have a disability. A combination of video and discussion will walk you through what might be contributing to your child’s behaviour, how you can encourage the behaviour you would like to see, how to set practical goals, teach new behaviour and manage misbehaviour. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
Standard Stepping Stones (Level 4) – All You Want to Know!
Standard Stepping Stones Triple P has been developed for parents of children with a disability. Stepping Stones Triple P has been evaluated with families of children with a range of disabilities (e.g. intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy) and elevated levels of disruptive behaviour. Standard Stepping Stones Triple P begins with a comprehensive assessment of parent-child interaction and family issues. The intervention provides parents with comprehensive support in managing their child’s behaviour across various settings (e.g. disobedience, fighting and aggression, temper tantrums). The focus is on understanding the function of problem behaviour and teaching the child skills that can be used to replace misbehaviour. Over 10 one-to-one sessions, parents learn to set their own goals, work out what changes they would like to see in their child’s behaviour, and learn strategies to promote positive behaviour and deal with misbehaviour.
This program may also be combined with the Teen Triple P program to meet the needs of older children with disabilities. *Certificates Available*
Stepping Stones Group (Level 4) – All You Want to Know!
Level 4 Stepping Stones Group Triple P is geared for parents with children who have or are suspected to have a disability. This program takes Triple P strategies to the next level as you boost your confidence, learn a wide variety of strategies and work with an Accredited Triple P Practitioner to develop, practice and maintain a parenting plan that works for your family. Groups include five two-hour sessions with active discussion, a workbook and video clips to introduce you to the strategies, up to three one-on-one telephone sessions to assist with your at-home practice and a follow-up group session or individual phone call session to pull it all together. *Certificates Available*
Additional Triple P Courses
Enhanced Triple P (Level 5) – For More Serious Family Problems
Enhanced Triple P is ideal for families with complex concerns. This one-on-one program provides more intensive support for families that have already completed a Level 3 or 4 Triple P program but are dealing with other issues that are impacting their ability to put their plan in place, such as partner conflict, stress or mental health concerns. The number of sessions will depend on the modules selected but generally would consist of 3 to 12 sessions. *Certificates Available*
Family Transitions Triple P – For Separation or Divorce
Family Transitions is a five-session program geared for caregivers who are going through a separation or divorce. It focuses on helping children cope, building healthy and effective co-parenting relationships, dealing with personal stress, unhelpful thoughts and anger and includes strategies to manage daily conflict. It is recommended that caregivers also take Triple P, Triple P Teen or Triple P Stepping Stones for parenting your child with a disability. *Certificates Available*
WJS Family Resilience Program (7-18)
Family Support Workers use a strength-based approach to engage with families in their homes and communities. Areas of focus may include healthy relationships, attachment, positive discipline, mentoring, life skills, and child development. Contact WJS Canada for more information. 780-624-1029
If you’re looking for more information on our programs please send us an email at [email protected] or through the form below.