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Directory of Parenting Resources in

East Vancouver

Information, support, programs and community resources for parents and

caregivers of babies and children birth to age six, and beyond

Contents

PARENTING PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT

Shorter Term Programs

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program (0-6)…………………………………………………. 1

Parent-Child Mother Goose (infant/toddler)…….. ……………………………………… 2 Vancouver Public Library (baby and toddler rhyme & story time) ………….…………. 2 My Tween and Me (7-12) ………………………………………………………………………. 3 Longer Term & On-going Support Programs Collective of Parents Empowered (“COPE” for 0-6)………………………………….. 3 Single Mothers Support Groups ………………………………………………………………… 3 Parents Support Circles (0-12) ………………………………………………………………… 4 Parents Together (for parents of teens) ……………………………………………………. 4 Aboriginal Family Support ……………………………………………………………….. 5 Parenting & Other Support: Online Resources and PHONE LINES ………………… 7-8

Such as:

SUCCESS Chinese Language Support Line, Parents Helpline, VictimLINK, ClickLaw, LawLINE, Information Children, Mentoring Boys, 211, 811, government (This can also be used as a 2-page handout) EARLY LEARNING FAMILY PROGRAMS…………………………….……….............. 9

Such as:

Strong Start Centres (parent-child preschool) H.I.P.P.Y. (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)

FAMILY RESOURCE PROGRAMS

Family Places and Parent-Child Drop-Ins ……………………………………………… 10 Young Parents …………………………………………………………………………………… 11

Pregnancy and Birth, such as:

Healthy Connections, Pacific Post Partum Support Society, Building Blocks, Breastfeeding support – (ALSO: see section on Health)………………………………………………………... 12-13 MULTI-PROGRAM AGENCIES ……………………………………………………………… 14 Such as: Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Westcoast Family, YWCA, Big Brothers /Sisters, Salvation Army CHILDCARE RESOURCES ……………………………………………………………… 15

HEALTH RESOURCES

BC Healthlink dial “811” and 24 hour nurse line ………………………………………….. 16 Medical Services Plan -Care Card premium assistance …………………………………… 16 Vancouver Coastal Health/child and youth health ………………………………………….. 16 Health units in East Vancouver ………………………………………………………………… 17 Nurse Practitioner Eastside Community Clinics Drop-In …………………….…………….. 17 Mental health; Behavioural/emotional challenges support …………..…………………….. 18 Mental Health Crisis Line: 310-6789 (NO AREA CODE NEEDED) Dental Health, free or low cost ………………………………………………………………….. 20 Child Safety Information, Preventing Unintentional Injuries ……………………… 21 Home safety, Safe transportation, environment, toys, car seats, poison control, etc.

Anti-Violence Crisis Lines and Support Services ………………………………………… 24 Food and Nutrition ………………………………………………………………………………25 Food Banks, Food Security, Dial a Dietician, Canada Food Guide, etc.

HOUSING ………………………………………………………………………………… 26

IMMIGRANT SETTLEMENT AND SUPPORT

Settlement Agencies ………………………………………………………………………………… 28 Settlement Workers in Schools ………………………………………………………………….. 28 MOSAIC Multicultural Victim Support Program ……………………………………………. 29 WelcomeBC …………………………………………………………………………………………. 29 FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS-FREE or low-cost Parks and Playgrounds, Recreation Programs, Camps, etc Community Recreation Centres in East Vancouver …………………………………………. 30 How to get a Leisure Access Card ………………………………………………………………. 31 Sports subsidies, summer camps, special needs recreation………………………………… 31 List of Water Parks and Wading Pools ………………………………………………………… 33 Appendices Alphabetical list of all websites in this document ……………………………………………. 34 Canada Food Guide: download in many languages …………………………………………. 36

PARENTING PROGRAMS / SUPPORT GROUPS

Please note that many agencies offer multiple programs aimed at helping parents of young children. Their contact information is listed throughout.





Shorter Term Programs (10 weeks or less):

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program A free 6-8 week program, for parents with children birth-5, offered in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, Punjabi, Korean, Kurdish and other languages. Meet with other parents of young children; share questions, concerns and ideas about being a parent; learn about child development, health and behaviour; discuss real-life parenting situations; work together with the support of two trained facilitators; discover positive ways of parenting. Parents decide the issues THEY want to talk about. Childminding and healthy snacks are provided.

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Parent-Child Mother Goose (& similar rhyme and song programs) The very popular Parent-Child Mother Goose (often just called Mother Goose) program is 10 weeks and is for parents/caregivers and children (babies or toddlers). P-C Mother Goose provides a fun and relaxed group experience for parents and their babies, toddlers or pre-school children to focus on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together- often in their first language. New ways of dealing with cranky and fussy times are learned. Confidence is gained. The bond between parent and child is strengthened. Parents see that they can positively affect how their children behave and learn. Children gain self esteem and develop social skills. The group is taught to the parents and the children participate at their own level and ability. A repertoire of rhymes, songs and stories is learned and taken home. It is a chance to share and network with other parents. Some different languages are offered.

The following is a partial list of community agencies that deliver P-C Mother Goose (refer to the agency list

above as well for contact details):

Neighbourhood Houses: (unless noted, see contact info in table above) Kiwassa, Collingwood, South Vancouver, Mt. Pleasant, Frog Hollow, Cedar Cottage Hastings Community Centre 3096 E. Hastings, 604-718-6222 Strathcona Community Centre (Chinese) 604-713-1838 Britannia Community Education, 1001 Cotton Dr (English, Spanish) 604-713-8273 Family Places: Eastside, South Vancouver, Mt. Pleasant Family Centre Etc: most family resource programs and libraries offer Mother Goose style rhyme and song programs!

For more information on PCMG:

BC Council for Families: www.bccf.bc.ca click on “programs” National website: www.nald.ca/mothergooseprogram

Vancouver Public Library Family Baby & Toddler rhyme, song and story programs:

www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/ 11 branches in East Vancouver! (www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/branches/) Every branch of the VPL hosts baby and toddler programs using rhymes, songs and stories, such as Babytime and Toddlertime; Preschool Storytime; Family Storytime; Man in the Moon (for dads and other male caregivers).

VPL Branches in East Vancouver:

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Parenting Children 6-12 year olds:

My Tween and Me MTM is a 6-week program for parents with school-aged children, with the emphasis on pre-teen children 12 and under. Contact BC Council for Families www.bccf.bc.ca for listing of upcoming programs. Tel: 604-678Kiwassa Neighbourhood House offers MT&M programs in English: 604-254-5401 Longer Term and On-Going Support Groups Collective of Parents Empowered (COPE) Parenting Group COPE is an educational and experiential support group for parents. This program is unique to Eastside Family Place. COPE participants meet for three- ten week sessions (30 weeks total), through the fall, winter and spring. They discuss topics relevant to parents living in the Eastside Community. Childminding is provided for children aged 18 months to early 6 years. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the staff for more information. The COPE program is provided at no cost to participants and is for parents of children 0 – 6.

Contact: Tracey Barker Tel: 604-255-9841 tbarker@eastsidefamilyplace.org www.eastsidefamilyplace.org Life as a Parent (LaaP) Parenting Group- 8 weeks LaaP is a support group for parents of children aged 0-5 years that runs exclusively out of South Vancouver Family Place. It’s free and free onsite child-minding is provided for aged 18mos and up. The facilitator designs each program's agenda based on input from the parents. "Life as a Parent" is facilitated in the philosophy that everything going on in our lives affects how we parent, so any subject about everyday life is considered relevant. The program runs three times a year. There is a wait list for this popular group.

Contact: South Vancouver Family Place Tel: 604 325 5213 fampla@telus.net www.southvan.org

For Single Mothers:YWCA Single Mothers Support Groups- on-going

Single Mothers’ Support groups are held weekly in various neighbourhoods in East Vancouver. The groups serve women of all ages and are designed to give single moms the space to discus the ups and downs of life, build networks and be part of a community of single moms. This is a longer term support group that you can attend for up to 24 months. The YWCA also publishes the “Single Moms Hot Sheet” newsletter (print and web based- email as below to be put on mailing list). Has annual single moms’ conference as well as summer picnic where all groups come together for a day of celebration and fun. Free child-minding. If you go to the Y’s website at www.ywcavan.org, click on the tab at the top: “Programs Services Event” for “Women and Their Families,” then click on “Single Mothers Services” from the menu on the left (also note the many other resources here). There you’ll find more information on all their support programs for single mothers, including a Resources page with links to many other agencies and programs.

Note: participants of support groups must call or email to register, not a drop-in.

FOR MORE INFORMATION and TO REGISTER please call 604-895-5797, or email singlemoms@ywcavan.org or singlemothers@ywcavan.org (both addresses are listed)

Some locations of YWCA single moms’ groups in East Vancouver:

Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (Regular and Spanish Speaking) 3981 Main Street South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive YWCA Crabtree Corner, 533 E Hastings Street Immigrant Single Mothers Connect to Success – Downtown Vancouver NEW program – contact as above to learn more, located at YWCA Program Centre, 535 Hornby Street NEW! Baby & Me – Single moms' group for first time new moms and expectant moms. Click here for more details.

Single Mother’s Guide (book is free to individuals), published by Vancouver Status of Women, www.vsw.ca, call 604-255-6554 to order latest version (2006- still relevant). Pick up a copy from their office at 2652 East Hastings Street.

Single Mothers Breakthrough Program, one year FREE- Presented by: The Salvation Army, Vancouver Community and Family Services 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, Tel #: (604) 872-7676 ex 225. The Single Mothers’ Breakthrough Program is a year-long learning program focused on facilitating single mothers’ independence by sharing information and skills in a stable, supportive, environment.

Its goal is to help single mothers develop the communication skills, coping strategies, knowledge base and confidence they need to support their children and themselves— financially, emotionally and practically.

Contact the Project Coordinator to register or get information: Mona El-Masry, mona_elmasry@shawcable.com or call the number above. http://singlemothersbp.wordpress.com/

Parent Support Circles- on-going, parents of children 0-12

Parent Support Circles are free, confidential, weekly meetings of parents who wish to learn new ways to nurture and protect their children. Open to parents with children aged 0 – 12. Each circle is led by two trained facilitators. One of the most important things about Parent Support Circles is that they respond to the needs expressed by the parents who attend them. Childminding and transportation assistance is available with some Circles. Registration takes place through a central phone number for all type/language groups.

Mandarin parents can call another number directly to register in Mandarin. They also offer groups aimed at Aboriginals and Grandparents parenting their grandchildren; and step parents.



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