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The Parent & Caregiver Support Services is the new division that will carry out the new Spoke Services under the Family Resource Network model, and will be providing free, universal skill-building and educational programs, information, and resources to support and meet the needs of parents and families in Chestermere.
Given the current pandemic situation we have not been able to confirm our spacing needs, and what our presence will look like at Chestermere’s City Hall. What we can confirm is that our programs will be delivered in a variety of ways, and settings. We will be offering virtual programs, and using technology to provide support and information to parents and families.
When the pandemic is over, and social distancing measures lifted, we will be offering off-site learning opportunities for families at different locations and time of day throughout Chestermere.
No. The Family Resource Network model follows the new Well-Being & Resiliency Framework, and so the programs and services will look different. The Parent & Caregiver Support Services team will be delivering a variety of universal, community-based informational and skill-building programs, and resources designed for parents and families with children 0-13 years of age.
The Aspen Commons Family Resource Hub will be providing additional supports and services for families in Chestermere, and other communities that are included in our region including Strathmore, Wheatland County, and SE Rocky View.
They will offer a broad spectrum of prevention programs to intensive services for families with children 0-18 years of age, for example play-based learning for children. To learn more about their programs and services please visit: https://www.aspenfamily.org/programs/frnchestermere-strathmore
We will be providing virtual learning opportunities for families in the coming weeks through Skype, and WebEx, and also providing pre-recorded videos for families to watch with information and strategies to support you and your family during COVID-19. We will also be regularly posting helpful resources, articles, and links on our website and Facebook page. In addition, we will also be rolling out an online Ages & Stages Questionnaire database where families can complete a developmental screen for their child (0-60 months of age) on their smart phone, tablet or computer.
We are also available or over the phone support from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, or via email. Families are welcome to call us at (403) 207-7050 to connect with one of our helpful and experienced Caregiver Support Facilitators.
To check out our new website and list of helpful resources please visit: www.chestermere.ca/pcss (we will be updating our website and Facebook page on a daily basis)
We will be offering a variety of universal, curriculum-based programs including the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), the Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Kids Have Stress Too program, developmental screening including Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Circle of Security, and an emotional literacy program which helps caregivers and children how to increase their ability to independently problem solve, improve friendship skills, enhance positive behaviours and regulate their emotions, using the evidence-based PATHS®, and Social-Thinking Curriculums.
In addition to these programs we will provide ongoing access to information, resources, and referrals to connect families with additional supports. We will offer a variety of resources for families to take home, including a library of resource books that can be signed out. We will also provide opportunities for families to meet with local Service Providers such as nurses, Speech & Language Pathologists, or mental health professionals.
Again, we will be working closely with our regional Hub, the Aspen Commons Family Resource Network, to assist with intake, coordination, and referral support for families who may be needing supports outside of what our Parent & Caregiver Support Services team can offer, such as more targeted and intensive services.
No, Chestermere families can self-refer and are free to participate in any of our programs and services that are available. We are here to support parents and families with children 0-13 who may need support, are experiencing vulnerability, or are just wanting to add new strategies to their arsenal of parenting tools.
We will be accepting referrals from our regional Hub, and other agencies and service providers in the area to ensure families are receiving help and connecting to quality supports in a timely manner.