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* Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at: KARA Family Resource Centre
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.

* To register for one of our Sign-up Programs you will need to meet with our Family Liaison Worker. Together, you will look at your needs and the Family Liaison Worker will refer you to the right program at KARA or in the community. Please call 780-478-5396 to book an appointment to find out what program is right for you.

Programs

Drop-In Programs

Kids Night Out
Playtime Drop-In
Creative Play & More
Rhymes That Bind
Grow With Me
Dunluce Drop-In Fun

Parenting Programs (Registration required)

Books for Babies
Nobody's Perfect
Parenting in Two Cultures
Literacy And Parenting Skills / L.A.P.S.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Group

Family Support

Collective Kitchen
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) One on One Connecting Parents Program
Health For Two
Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaires (Developmental Screening for Children)
Social Emotional Ages and Stages Questionnaires

Additional Information, Resources and Services

Tips for Tots
Workshops
Childcare Provider Information
Referrals



Drop-In Programs


Kids Night Out

Description:

  • This is a parent-child interaction based program that is designed to offer a fun, energetic getaway from everyday routines for families. It promotes the healthy development of your child while spending quality time together as a family. Join us for an evening of fun and family time. Light supper included (i.e. soup and bun).
  • Runs Mondays, September 21 to December 7, 2015 from 6 - 8 pm.

Playtime Drop-In

Description:

  • 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 activity while visiting each other. The morning will end with a circle time of songs and stories. A snack will be provided.
  • Runs Tuesdays, September 22 to December 8, 2015 from 9:30 - 11 am at
    KARA-Too, 5606 - 134A Ave.

Creative Play & More

Description:

  • This is a weekly drop-in playgroup for young children and their parents/caregivers.  The focus is on supporting young children’s learning through their play. Each week will include some sensory play activities that encourage children to use their five senses and movement to explore and discover. These “hands on” activities will help children develop their understanding of math, science, and language concepts in ways that are fun and developmentally appropriate. This playgroup welcomes children with special needs. A snack will be provided.
  • Runs Thursdays, September 24 to December 10, 2015 from 9:30 - 11 am.

Rhymes That Bind

Description:

  • This is a program for parents and young children (0 to 6 years) to interact using rhymes, songs, and simple movement games. This drop in program runs once a week for ten weeks. Participants will learn rhymes to help with daily routines and ways to support their child’s language development. A snack will be provided.
  • Runs Tuesdays, October 6 to December 8, 2015 from 1:30 - 3 pm.

Grow With Me

Description:

  • This is a program for parents, caregivers and babies under 12 months. This weekly drop in program helps parents interact with their babies in ways that promote bonding, communication and development of their body and brain. The session will include parent baby play activities, parent discussion of topics and resources, and a time to connect with other parents. A snack will be provided.
  • Runs Wednesdays, September 23 to December 9, 2015 from 9:30 - 11 am at
    KARA-Too, 5606 - 134A Ave.

Dunluce Drop-In Fun

Description:

  • This group is an opportunity for families of young children 0 – 6 years, to come together to learn, interact, and connect with other families in the community. We will explore topics and share relevant resources according to families’ specific needs and interests. There will be fun crafts, songs, music, stories and other special activities each week. A snack will be provided.
  • Runs Thursdays, until December 10, 2015 from 9:30-11 am at
    Dunluce IV Community Centre #9, 11930 – 162 Avenue.

Parenting Programs - Registration required!


Books For Babies

Description:

  • This is a program for parents and babies under 12 months. Participants learn about what, when and why we read to babies. This four session program involves exploring books, having fun playing together and connecting with other parents. Each family will receive free books, book bag, and helpful information to take home.
  • Runs Wednesdays, November 18 to Deember 9, 2015 from 1:30 - 3 pm at
    KARA-Too, 5606 - 134A Ave.

Nobody's Perfect

Description:

  • This is a parenting group that discusses the basics of parenting a young child (birth - 3 years).  This group is great for first time parents!  Topics include: looking after yourself as a parent, keeping children safe and healthy, helping children to learn and develop, and encouraging positive behavior.
  • Runs Wednesdays, September 23 to November 4, 2015 from 1 - 3 pm at
    KARA-Too, 5606 - 134A Ave.

Parenting in Two Cultures

Description:

  • This is a group for parents of children 0-6 years of age who are new to Canada. Participants with limited English are welcome. Parents and children attend together. 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. The group leader shares 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.
  • Runs Thursdays, Oct. 1 to Dec. 10 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm at
    KARA-Too, 5606 - 134A Ave.

Literacy And Parenting Skills / L.A.P.S.

Description:

  • This program is for parents of young children who want to develop their language and literacy skills while discussing parenting topics. Some of these topics are child growth and development, building self-esteem, listening skills, positive discipline, dealing with conflict and problem solving. L.A.P.S. supports parents to become positive literacy role models for their children by enhancing their own skills and interest in reading and writing.
    This program runs for 13 sessions.
  • Runs Tuesdays, Sept. 22 to Dec. 15 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Group

Description:

  • Parenting is not an easy job!
    This is a group for parents who want to learn more about positive ways of raising children. Parents learn ways to encourage positive behavior and problem solve solutions to deal with children’s misbehavior. This is for parents of children 3-12 years old. 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.
  • We are offering this program at two locations:

    Thursdays, starting October 1 to November 26, 2015 from 6 - 8 pm at
    Beverly Daycare, 11809 - 48 St. Call Seta at 780-477-1151 to register for childcare.

    Wednesdays, starting October 7 to December 9, 2015 from 6 - 8 pm at
    Montessori Daycare & After School Care, 8620 - 91 St. Call Sally at 780-469-0963 to register for childcare.

Family Support


Collective Kitchen

Registration required!

Description:

  • This is a three week program facilitated by our Director of Food Services. The Collective Kitchen Program is offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. The first morning will be an orientation and menu planning session. The next five sessions will be an opportunity to cook in a group setting while learning how to prepare nutritious food. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the program.
  • There is a cost of $10 per family for this program.

  • To register call our Director of Food Services at 780-478-5396 ext.236.
  • Runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 8 (planning) to September 24, 2015 from 9 am - Noon

Triple P - One on One:

Description:

  • 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. (There are usually 3-4 meetings).

  • Call Eri at 780-478-5396 ext. 225 to make an appointment.

Connecting Parents Program

Description:

    Connecting Parents is focused on families who live north of 153rd Avenue, east of 142nd Street and west of Manning Freeway.
    The goal of Connecting Parents is to:
  • Connect parents to one another
  • Connect parents to resources in their community
  • Connect parents to service providers, businesses and others who work with families
  • Connect parents to other programs offered by KARA at our other sites
  • To find out what is currently being offered in your neighbourhood OR to make a suggestion on what is needed in your community, please call Janice at 780-478-5396 or email her at janice@kara-frc.ca

Health For Two

Description:

  • A program available to expectant mothers offering prenatal information, nutritional supplements (such as milk coupons and prenatal vitamins), and support during their pregnancy plus two months following the birth of their baby.

  • Call Eri 780-478-5396 ext. 225 to make an appointment.

Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaires (Developmental Screening for Children)

  • ASQ’s are parent completed questionnaires that Monitor 5 key categories - communication, problem solving, fine motor, gross motor, and social. The ASQ is a tool that will give parents and caregivers new ideas to support their child’s healthy development. ASQ’s are designed to screen children 2 months to 5 years.

  • Call Eri 780-478-5396 ext. 225 for more information or to make an appointment.

Social Emotional Ages and Stages Questionnaires

  • The Social Emotional ASQ’s are parent completed questionnaires that ask simple questions about a child’s behaviour and social interactions. This is another tool in helping parents to better understand their child.

  • Call Eri 780-478-5396 ext. 225 for more information or to make an appointment.

Additional Information, Resources and Services


Tips for Tots

Having difficulties with your child’s behaviour? Come talk to one of our program staff regarding the parenting struggle you may be experiencing. Our staff will share their knowledge with you and go over a helpful “Tip Sheet” from Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) to help you manage your child’s misbehaviour.

For tips or to find out more
about Triple P click here:
TripleP-Banner


Workshops

    KARA offers one day workshops on a variety of topics in various locations in north Edmonton. A sample of some of the topics we offer include:

  • Mealtime Struggles
  • Enhancing Self Esteem
  • Positive Discipline
  • Building Communication Skills

  • Check the following options on upcoming workshops and their locations:

  • Our Workshop Poster
  • Our KARA Home Page
  • Or call us at 780-478-5396 for more information.

Childcare Provider Information

The Government of Alberta Children & Family Services offers Albertans an informative website which helps parents to find information on how to contact the licensed daycare centers and/or day home providers in their area.
Note: This service does not register private childcare providers.
Call KARA at 780-478-5396 for more info.


Referrals


  • Do you have questions about what resources are available in your community?
    KARA staff can assist you by providing information or a referral to the different programs and services available.
  • You can also call 211 Edmonton which is a program operated by The Support Network. 211 Edmonton provides a direct link between essential community services and the people who need assistance.
  • Another option is informAlberta.ca which is a province-wide database on available resources.
  • Information on Aboriginal cultural ceremonies or programming can be obtained by contacting Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society 780-481-3451 or Ben Calf Robe Society 780-477-6648.