FCSS staff offer parenting programs and support based on the community needs. The parenting program is designed to bring quality parenting information and support to families in their communities in a variety of ways.
Boy Brains and Girl Brains and How to Co-Parent
Boy Brains and Girl Brains - is there a difference, and if so, how on earth do we co-parent? There's a lot of conflicting information out there about whether there are real differences between male and female brains. Come see what neuroscience is showing us and learn some practical strategies for co-parenting.
Stay & Play
This program is a drop-in program which encourages fun and interaction between the parent and child (birth to 5-year-old) leading to healthy attachment and early childhood development.
National Child Day Celebrations
Families are invited to come celebrate the Rights of the Child through interactive activities, healthy snacks and special guests. Wear BLUE for National Child Day on November 20th.
The Brain Game
Come play an interactive game that builds understanding of how life experiences can affect early brain development
Move it! Move it!
This program inspires movement and gross motor skill development through activities and play.
Teaching Toddlers To Talk
Learn strategies to build expressive language through play and everyday routines.
After School Adventures
A registered class for students in grades 3-5 (Ages 8-11), Fridays after school.
Presentations and Workshops
Presentations offered by the FCSS Counselling team strengthen and enrich individual and family well-being. Topics may include: marriage education, parenting skills, anger and stress management and more.
Family Nutrition & Picky Eating
Registered Dietitian from Alberta Health Services will present ideas on how to use the New Alberta Food Guide, offer tips to guide children through picky eating, and ways to make mealtimes more peaceful and nutritious.
Using a variety of loose parts children’s imaginations will be inspired and they can build, create and play in their own unique way.
An after-school program for ages 6 and up, to come and build with Lego, allowing them to work on creativity, problem solving and social skills.
Information and Referral
Information regarding services is provided. Presentations, individual consultation and referrals can be made on a variety of topics and services can be arranged.
This program offers a perfect opportunity for parents and caregivers to get to know each other, while introducing children, 0-5 years of age the joys of shared play.
Join us for unstructured and imaginative play outdoors! Children and families engage in the outdoors through various activities including gross motor play, loose parts and creative expression.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
This program is designed to help families gain the tools, insights and practices they need to strengthen their family in the face of many modern day changes and challenges.
Could It Be ADHD?
Healthy children can be full of energy, have trouble focusing, struggle to regulate their emotions, and bounce from activity to activity. So how do we know when it's ADHD rather than just a kid being a kid? In this session we will explore where ADHD comes from, what it looks like, and where do we go from here.
Open Discussion is a time for parents and individuals to share their successes and frustrations on a variety of topics that are common to all parents.
Car Seat Clinic
Come have your car seat inspected and properly installed. Receive answers to any questions you may have. Enforcement tickets will NOT be issued.
Getting the Most Out of Life
Getting the Most out of Life through Mindful Awareness: Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to things as they are.
How to Know If Your Child Has Anxiety
Have you noticed behaviours in your child that seem different during times of stress? Come learn about the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety and how to help your child through it.
This community recycling program event offers families the opportunity to both share and benefit with other families within the community.
Making Sense of Our Emotions
Learning about the variety of emotions that families face and how to deal with them in appropriate ways.
Creative Connections Play Group
This registered play group is for families with children 0-5 years, to attend together in a smaller group setting.
Setting Healthy Boundaries
An interactive presentation exploring the "traffic light" approach to boundaries and to explore less helpful boundaries.
Make & Take Activities
An interactive class of making games to take home and play with your children.
Bullying & Harassment Awareness
This discussion focuses on identifying bullying and harassment: the various types, negative ways to use power, emotions and feelings, 5 basic emotional needs, the cycle of hurt and self-care.
Kids Have Stress Too!
Research shows that even very young children can learn to manage their stress effectively.
What You Do Matters
A six-week series that combines short group-educator discussions followed by parent-child interaction. Each one-hour session focuses on a different topic and parents have the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions and try out activities.
The Importance of Father Involvement
This program focuses on what father involvement can look like, the impact on family members, creating a balance between mother and father roles, and the various situations where these apply.
Family Violence Awareness
The discussion includes 'myths and facts' about family violence and intimate partner violence. Encouraging participants to define abuse and looking at signs and ways to help through open discussion.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
This program provides parents with simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children's behavior and prevent problems developing. To learn more click.
Roots of Empathy (ROE)
This internationally recognized program brings infants into classrooms to introduce students to the various stages of early human development. To learn more click.
Baby Gym Time is for parents and their children 0-18 months of age. Join us for a fun session of baby friendly activities and self-directed play.
An indoor play space for parents and caregivers of preschool aged children. This program encourages physical literacy and allows families to connect with other families while children get to have a great time playing!
Support group for adults, 19 yrs and older, who have lost loved ones and are attempting to navigate through the maze of hurt, sorrow, and heartache of grief.
Brunch & Learn with Westwind Early Years Coalition
Come enjoy a lovely brunch as you learn about the Westwind Early Years Coalition. Find out about the EDI (Early Development Instrument) results for our area, and how this can help with your child's development.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex
What do I tell my kids about Sex? How much should they know, how do I go about telling them, and when is it appropriate for them to know?
Caring for Aging Parents
This presentations will offer helpful tips on caring for aging parents, such as when and how to prepare elderly parents for moving into a seniors care facility/nursing home, and how to best care for parents with dementia.
Healthy Communication and Relationships
This discussion explains the use of active listening skills within relationships to help explain healthy, kind communication versus roadblock communication. An understanding of healthy, unhealthy relationships and abusive situations is provided. Along with information regarding healthy and unhealthy boundaries.
Family Night Live
Activities focused on children ages 3-12 years Family activities, Snacks, Time together. Parents must attend with children.
Baby & Me
These post-natal classes help new parents learn about the challenges and rewards of parenting as well as the skills needed to help baby grow and develop.
Stress Management & Conflict Resolution
An interactive presentation will explore how we use The Drama Triangle when experiencing stress or conflict, as well as at least one idea for other options for managing stress or conflict.
Self Esteem and Personal Growth
This discussion focuses on our own emotions and feelings, our 5 basic emotional needs, how we avoid the cycle of hurt, how to practice self-compassion versus being self-critical, challenge societal messaging about who we should be and brainstorming about self-care and resiliency.
The Brains Response to Stress
We will be discussing the topic of stress and some of the biological components that contribute to the experience of stress. As well as, exploring strategies for effectively managing moments of stress.
Stay & Play in the Park
This program encourages fun and interaction between the parent and child (birth to 5-year-old) leading to healthy attachment and early childhood development. Weather Permitting.
This program will be focusing on art through the ages. Parents/Caregivers are required to be present for the duration of the program.