Ages: 0-5 Years
Dates: Mondays, with the exception of stat holidays
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Maximum Participants: unlimited
Cost: Free to attend
Start the week out on a high note!
Siblings welcome in this open session in our Centre. Have some fun in a warm, dry playroom; meet other moms, grandma’s, aunties and caregivers; and feel free to bring your bag lunch to enjoy afterwards.
Our resource library is also open to visit and withdraw books, audio and visual materials, and play tools.
These are fun evenings where moms or dads get together to share advice and stories. They are informal gatherings, ranging in group size, and may involve an activity. This is a group for parents but babes in arms are welcome.
Contact the office for more information: 780-944-4224
Join us! These workshops will provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health, mental health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.
Goal: To provide opportunities for public speaking practice and to encourage giving and receiving constructive feedback about speaking and presenting skills.
The group will learn some basic public speaking skills and will select several topics they each wish to present on to the group. Each week presentations will be done and time will be given to receive feedback from the group. This is an opportunity for structured practice and participants will be expected to complete homework weekly independently in preparation for the next week.
There comes a time in every parents life, when you hand over your child, your precious bundle of joy, to someone else to care for. Be it for an hour or a day, it can be nerve-wracking that very first time. It can continue to be nerve-wracking if you haven’t developed the trust in your childcare provider.
When your child has Down syndrome, and its compounded by other medical diagnosis, finding a reliable and trustworthy childcare program can seem daunting.
The Alberta Government provides us with several types of programs for childcare. Below are the two most relevant to the needs of the Down syndrome community.
The Supported Child Care Program provides supports for children with disabilities to attend and participate in the regular activities of a day care program, out of school care program or an approved family day home when parents require childcare to attend work or training. Supported child care may include providing funding for additional child care staff and program consultation.
The Child Care Respite Program is intended to provide temporary child care to help families who are in the midst of addressing significant challenges. Parents and guardians receive child care support when they really need help and have the opportunity to become more aware of child care options and connect with other
community resources. Quality child care can give children positive opportunities to develop new relationships and participate in new activities.
For more information about how Child Care Services can assist your family, call 780-427-0444.
For more information on Edmonton Region Child and Family Services, call 780-427-2250 or visit our website at