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* Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at: KARA Family Resource Centre (Main Site)
6717-132 Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 780-478-5396
Email: info@kara-frc.ca

* KARA is closed on all Statutory Holidays.

* KARA does not sign up participants for our programs that require registration until 4 weeks prior to program start date.

Programs

Weekly Drop-in Programs

Creative Play & More
Kids Night Out
Playtime Drop-In

Sign-up Programs

Caring Families
Collective Kitchen
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen
Introduction to Anger for Women
Nobody's Perfect
Parenting in Two Cultures
Triple P

Parenting Services

Advocacy/Brokering Services for Families
Childcare Provider Information
Developmental Screening for Children
Health For Two
Referrals to Aboriginal Cultural Ceremonies
Referrals to Community Programs & Services

Weekly Drop-in Programs


Creative Play & More

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Description:

  • A weekly drop-in parent and child (0-6 yrs) playtime. We will learn developmental skills, our ABC’s, colors, math concepts and the 5 senses. Parents can learn how to do all of our activities with items around the home. We will have an action filled circle time and an interactive story.
  • Dates: Thurs., until Dec. 11, 2014 from 9:30-11 am.

Kids Night Out

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Description:

  • A weekly evening drop-in for families with young children (0-6 yrs). This is a child-parent interaction based drop-in program that is designed to offer a fun getaway from everyday routines. It focuses on fine and gross motor activities to promote the healthy development of your child. Join us every Monday evening to have your kids played out and fed, just in time for bed! Older siblings are welcome. A light supper will be provided from 6 - 6:30pm.
  • Dates: Mon., until Dec. 8, 2014 from 6-8 pm.

Playtime Drop-In

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Description:

  • A weekly drop-in parent and child (0-6 yrs) playtime. There will be a variety of activity centers set up for kids to explore. Parents can watch their child(ren) play, or join in the fun too! The morning will end with circle time, songs and stories.
  • Dates: Tues., until Dec. 9, 2014 from 9:30-11 am, at KARA-Too #108, 5606-134A Ave.

Sign-up Programs


Caring Families

Description:

  • Parents and their children (0-6 yrs) attend the program together.
  • 12 week program, 2 full days each week. Lunch and snacks are provided.
  • This is a parenting and personal development program. Parenting can be very stressful. The Caring Families program embraces the belief that each parent and child has strengths. They can use these strengths to build healthy families. The program provides families with opportunities to learn new skills as well as build on skills they have already. All of this happens in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Parents and children spend part of the day doing activities in the playrooms together. Parents use this time to bond with their children and observe their development. Parents also have opportunities to practice their new skills with their children. Staff members can provide support to families as needed.
  • Parents also spend part of the day in a group. These group times are just for the parents. Staff members care for the children while the parents are in their group. Parents spend these times doing different learning activities together.
  • There is a little bit of personal time during the day too. Parents can use this time in different ways. They can have some one-on-one time with a staff member to discuss any parenting concerns, borrow items from the Parent Resource Library, use the time to relax or visit with other parents.
  • Dates: Our fall session has started please call 780-478-5396 for more info.

Collective Kitchen

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Description:

  • Plan and prepare nutritious meals in bulk to take home. You will cook in a group setting, learn about nutritious foods and make new friends. Facilitated by our own KARA Chef in a friendly and fun atmosphere.Generally it is a group of 4 participants. You need to have 1 hour available to plan menus and 4 hours available during the day for cooking and all for only $10.
  • For more info call our Director of Food Services at 780-478-5396 Ext.236.
  • Dates: Please check out our poster or call 780-478-5396 for more info.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

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Description:

  • 6 session, weekly program for parents of young children 3 yrs of age and up.
  • Each week the group watches a video that shows how to use the different skills and spends time discussing and practicing them.
  • Learn and practice some great communication and discipline skills in this group. These skills can help you guide your child's behaviour in ways that leave both you and your child feeling good. They can also help you to build your child's independence and self-esteem.
Topics Include:

  • Dealing with Children's Feelings - how children’s feelings affect their behaviour - how to help children understand and name their feelings – how to talk to children in ways that help them to deal with their feelings effectively
  • Engaging Cooperation – ways to encourage children to cooperate with you
  • Alternatives to Punishment – dealing with children’s misbehaviour in positive ways
  • Encouraging Independence – helping children learn new things and practice their skills - talking to children in ways that encourage them to think for themselves - helping children to develop their problem - solving skills – teaching children to be responsible
  • Praise – how to talk in ways that build children’s self-esteem and confidence, building a positive and respectful relationship between parent and child
  • Freeing Children from Playing Roles – how labels (e.g. “smart one”, “lazy”, “the athlete in the family”) affect children – helping children to see options and possibilities when making choices about what to do – encouraging children to pursue their hopes and dreams
  • Dates: Please check out our poster or call 780-478-5396 for more info.

Introduction to Anger for Women

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Description:

  • This is not an anger management course, this is for women who want to learn more about their anger styles, triggers, strategies, healthy anger, letting go of past anger and resentment, etc.
  • Dates: Please check out our poster or call 780-478-5396 for more info.

Nobody's Perfect

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Description:

  • 6 session, weekly program.
  • Covers the basics of parenting a young child (0-3 yrs). This group is great for expecting or first-time parents.
  • There are no perfect parents, or perfect children. All we can do is our best. All of us need help and support from time to time too. Join with other parents for a group that can help you to do your best and feel good about yourself and your kids.
  • Dates: Please check out our poster or call 780-478-5396 for more info.

Parenting in Two Cultures

Description:

  • Parents and their children (0-6 yrs) attend the program together.
  • This is a group for parents who are new to Canada. Participants with limited English are welcome. This group includes time for parent-child activities. Parents also spend time discussing what it is like to raise children in the countries that they have come from and in Canada. Group leaders share information about the positive parenting strategies that are used in Canada with participants. Parents also support each other as they seek to find a way to parent in Canada without losing the traditions and culture that they value. A children's program is provided during the parent group time. Please call 780-478-5396 to register for the program and childcare if needed.
  • Light meal is provided.
  • Dates: Our fall session has started please call 780-478-5396 for more info.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

Triple P - Seminars:

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  • This is a series of three information sessions. There is a series for parents of children 3-12 years old and a series for parents of teenagers. You may attend one or all of the sessions. Parenting is not an easy job, and the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) seminars offer you some suggestions and ideas to make parenting just a bit easier. Seminar topics include: The Power of Positive Parenting; Raising Resilient Children; Raising Confident, Competent Children.
  • Dates: Please check out our poster or call 780-478-5396 for more info.

Triple P - One on One:

  • Trained Triple P facilitators are available to meet with parents who would like help dealing with a specific concern they may have about their child’s behaviour. During these meetings, the facilitator takes the parents through the steps needed to create their very own parenting plan.

Triple P Group:

  • This is a group for parents who want to learn more about positive ways of raising children. Parents also learn how to problem solve and create a plan for dealing with children’s misbehaviour. There is a group for parents of children 3-12 years old and a group for parents of teenagers. Participants meet as a group for 9 weeks. The group ends with a celebration of each other’s learning and successes. Please note: participants in the group are expected to complete “homework” tasks that give them a chance to practice what they are learning.

  • Dates: Our fall session has started please call 780-478-5396 for more info.

  • To find out more about Triple P click here:

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Parenting Services

Advocacy/Brokering Services for Families

Immigrant or Refugee families who need cultural support in order to attend one of KARA's programs can be connected with a cultural broker for advocacy and supportive services.

Childcare Provider Information

Children, Youth & Family Services offers Albertans an informative website to help parents find information on how to contact the licensed daycare centers and/or day home providers agencies in their area. See Childcare Lookup. Note: This service does not register private childcare providers.

Developmental Screening for Children

Parents can request an Ages & Stages Questionnaire and the support of KARA staff. This screening tool will advise parents if their child's development is coming along or if there are some concerns that should be looked at more closely. KARA staff can assist the family develop a plan to support any areas of development that could benefit from extra attention or provide a referral to an Early Childhood Intervention specialist for follow up.

Health For Two

This program offers prenatal information, nutritional supplements (milk coupons and prenatal vitamins), support to at-risk women during their pregnancy and two months following the birth of their baby.
Please note: this is available only to women who have social and economic risks to a healthy pregnancy (e.g., teen pregnancy, low income, poor nutrition, substance use, language or cultural barriers, or violence in their relationship.)
Health for Two does not require any health insurance.
Health for Two is sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health Services.
Call 780-478-5396 to make an appointment.

Referrals to Aboriginal Cultural Ceremonies

Families are connected to Cultural Ceremonies provided by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society. For more information call Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society at 780-481-3451.
Or you can contact Ben Calf Robe Society. For more info call Ben Calf Robe Society at 780-478-5396. 

Referrals to Community Programs & Services

KARA has a dedicated staff that can assist you with finding the right resources you need for you and your family. Here’s a just some of the areas our staff can assist you with:


  • Employment Agencies & Training
  • Family & Individual Counseling
  • Family & Individual Support Groups
  • Resources for Aboriginal/Metis People
  • Parenting Programs
  • Children’s Programs
  • Shelters
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental Health
  • Grief

  • Local Food Resources
  • Connect with Multicultural Leaders
  • Emergency Clothing/Household Goods
  • Education Institutions
  • Basic Needs (food, clothing, shelter, etc.)
  • Financial Assistance
  • Legal Service
  • Family Violence & Abuse
  • Community Agencies
  • Immigrant Serving Agencies

211 can also provide additional community resources and services that you may not be aware of in and around your neighborhood. Call 2-1-1 or 780-482-4636 if not available in your area, to search the 211 database you can also click here www.InformAlberta.ca.