Programs and Services

Programs and Services

We provide parents with a wide variety of programs, services, and support.

As a Parent Link Centre, KARA Family Resource Centre provides educational programming, groups, and events designed to create positive outcomes for children and their families throughout the Edmonton area.

Playtime Drop-In

Description: Children can explore a variety of toys and play areas set up by the staff. These centers may have various themes (e.g., a “farm” or “circus” theme, seasonal related activities, a “having fun with things from the kitchen” day, etc.)

Staff members plan appropriate activities based on the needs and interests of the families that come regularly (e.g., arts and crafts for a creative group, a “Gymboree” time for a very active group). There is lots of flexibility in this program and opportunity for input from the families themselves.

For parents and children (0 to 6 years).

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Every Tuesday morning unless otherwise indicated.

Time: 9:30AM to 11AM

Please Note: A snack is provided.

Kids Night Out

Description: 

This parent-child interaction based program is a fun, energetic getaway from everyday routines for families.  It promotes the healthy development of children while families spend quality time together.  Join KARA for an evening of fun and family time.

For parents, children (0 to 6 years), and older siblings.

Location: KARA

Address: 6717  132 Avenue

Date: Every Wednesday evening unless otherwise indicated.

Time: 6PM to 8PM

Please Note: A light supper provided for participants.

Creative Play & More

Description:  The focus of this program is on supporting a child’s learning through play.  Each week includes some sensory play activities that encourage children to use their five senses and movement to explore and discover.  These “hands on” activities help support children’s development through play in ways that are fun and developmentally appropriate.  We end each session with a circle-time.

For parents and children (0 to 6 years).

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Every Thursday morning unless otherwise indicated.

Time: 9:30AM to 11AM

Please Note: A snack is provided.

Drop-In Fun

Description:  This group is for families with young children.  Come together to learn, interact, and connect with other families in the community.  Topics and resources relevant to participants’ specific needs and interests are explored.  There are fun crafts, songs, music, stories, and other special activities.

For parents and children (0 to 6 years).

Location: Dunluce Community Centre

Address: #9, 11930 162 Avenue

Date: Every Thursday morning unless otherwise indicated.

Time: 9:30AM to 11AM

Please Note: A snack is provided.

Literacy & Parenting Skills (LAPS)

Description: This 12 week program is for parents of young children who want to develop their language and literacy skills while discussing parenting topics. These topics may include child growth and development, building self-esteem, listening skills, positive discipline, dealing with conflict, and problem solving.

LAPS supports parents in becoming positive literacy role models for their children by enhancing their own skills and interest in reading and writing.

Children’s program provided (0 to 6 years), please call to reserve your spot.

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Tuesdays, Sep 24 to Dec 10, 2019

Time: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Please Note: A light supper is provided.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Programs)

Triple P Group

Description:

Join this group of parents with children (3 to 12 years) who want to learn more about positive ways to raise children.  Parents learn to encourage positive behaviour and problem solve solutions to deal with children’s misbehaviour.  Participants meet as a group for 9 weeks ending with a celebration.

Please note:  Participants are expected to complete “homework” tasks that give them a chance to practice what they are learning.

Location: Beverly Daycare Centre

Address: 11005 34 Street

Date: Thursdays, Sep 26 to Nov 21, 2019

Time: 6 PM to 8 PM

Note: Call KARA at 780-478-5396 to register.

Call Seta at 780-477-1151 to arrange childcare.

 


Triple P Seminar

Description: Parenting is not an easy job!  These information sessions offer you suggestions and ideas to make parenting just a bit easier!  There will be a brief question period following the presentation.

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue (Buzz 2204)

Date: Tuesdays, Nov 12, Nov 19, Nov 26, 2019

Time: 6 PM to 8 PM

 


Triple P Discussion Group

Description:

Triple P Discussion Groups are for parents with specific concerns about their child’s behaviour (age 3 to 12 years).  Each group is a two hour session.  Parents will gain greater confidence in using a number of strategies for these common parenting problems.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: To be announced!

Time: 6 PM to 8 PM

 


Triple P One On One

Description: Certified facilitators meet one on one 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 to 4 meetings).

Appointment Required: Call 780-478-5396 to make an appointment.

Parenting in Two Cultures

Description:

This 10 week program is for parents 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 facilitator 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.

Children’s program provided (0 to 6 years), please call to reserve your spot.

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue (Buzz 2204)

Date: Thursdays, Oct 3 to Dec 5, 2019

Time: 1 PM to 3 PM

Note: Light lunch provided.

Books For Babies

Description: This program is for parents and babies (under 12 months). You will 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 receives free books and helpful information to take home.

Location: North Edmonton Christian Fellowship Church

Address: 9004 153 Avenue

Date: Wednesdays, Oct 9 to Oct 30, 2019

Time: 10 AM to 11 AM

Super Dads Super Kids (SDSK)

Description: This 8 week interactive program is for men and the children they are raising! Good kids don’t just happen… they are nurtured by caring, involved and responsible adults. The focus of this program is on responsible fathers – men who make a conscious choice to be the solid role models kids are longing for and need today.

The topics include the role of a Super Dad, child development, communication, emotional & physical health, positive discipline and work/life balance. When dads and kids are put together, good things happen.

Location: Beverly Daycare Centre

Address: 11005 34 Street

Date: Tuesdays, Oct 22 to Dec 10, 2019

Time: 6 PM to 8 PM

Note: Call KARA at 780-478-5396 to register.

Call Seta at 780-477-1151 to arrange childcare.

Nobody's Perfect

Description: This 7 week parenting group discusses the basics of parenting a young child (0 to 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
  • Encouraging positive behaviour

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Wednesdays, Nov 6 to Dec 11, 2019

Time: 1 PM to 3 PM

Note: Children’s program provided (0 to 6 years), call to reserve your spot.

Kids Have Stress Too!

Description: This program is designed to help parents and caregivers of Preschool and Kindergarten children become more aware of children’s stress, and also to help children cope with and develop effective ways of dealing with stress. We’ll also provide some examples of activities and strategies that you can use to help children manage day-to-day struggles and stress.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: To be announced

Time: 6 PM to 8 PM

Caring Families

Description: Parenting is rewarding but challenging. Caring Families is a family development program designed to assist families in building on the strengths they already have as well as learning new skills.

Parents spend part of the day bonding with their child while participating together in a variety of early learning activities, then participate in a group while staff care for their children. This is a parent/child interaction program so parents must attend with their child(ren) (birth to 6 years).

There will be time for one on one meetings with staff to discuss any parenting concerns, borrow various resources and visit with other parents. This is a 10 week program, 3 full days per week. Breakfast and lunch is provided as well as a snack for the children.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: To be announced

Time: 9 AM to 3 PM

Aboriginal Literacy & Parenting Skills (A-LAPS)

Description: This 8 week program is designed for people, with an aboriginal background, who may need help in assisting their children’s literacy development and who may wish to talk about their parenting strategies.

These topics include listening skills, passing on values and traditions, schools and our children, building self-esteem, talking to our children, positive discipline, and let’s talk about food. A-LAPS also encourages participants to examine their own literacy development and to begin the process of improvement.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: To be announced

Time: 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Positive Discipline

Description: Parents and caregivers will learn how to provide structure and guidance for their children within a warm and caring relationship. The Positive Discipline program can also support positive changes where there may be relationship and behaviour challenges.

Parents will learn how to:

  • Set goals,
  • Create a positive home climate
  • Understand how children think and feel
  • Problem solve what to do in challenging situations

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue (Buzz 2204)

Date: To be announced

Time: 1 PM to 3 PM

Health For Two

Description: This program for expectant mothers offers prenatal information, nutritional supplements (such as milk coupons and prenatal vitamins), and support during your pregnancy plus two months following the birth of your baby.

Call 780-478-5396 for more info or to make an appointment.

Collective Kitchen

Description: The KARA Collective Kitchen is offered on the first Monday of each month from Noon to 3 pm. As part of the Collective Kitchen, you will learn how to prepare and cook two low-cost, nutritious meals to take home to your family. Participants will work together during the planning, preparation and cooking. There is no cost for this program but you must call to register as there is a limit on the number of participants.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Monday Oct 7, Nov 4 and Dec 2, 2019

Time: Noon to 3 PM

Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)

Developmental Questionnaire:

Description: An ASQ is a parent completed questionnaire that screens 5 key categories – communication, problem solving, fine motor, gross motor, and social. As follow up, staff provide tips and activities to try at home or refer participants to services and programs that will be helpful.

For More Info: Call 780-478-5396 for more info or to make an appointment.


Social Emotional Questionnaire:

Description: The Social Emotional ASQ is a parent completed questionnaire that asks simple questions about a child’s behaviour and social interactions. It is another tool to help parents better understand their child.

For More Info: Call 780-478-5396 for more info or to make an appointment.

Please Note: ASQs are designed to screen children 2 months to 5 years.

Program and Events Calendar

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Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

Playtime Drop-In

LAPS

Kids Night Out

Creative Play & More

Drop-In Fun

Parenting in Two Cultures

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National Family Week is Oct. 7th to Oct. 13th

Collective Kitchen

Playtime Drop-In

LAPS

Books For Babies

Kids Night Out

Creative Play & More

Drop-In Fun

Parenting in Two Cultures

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Thanksgiving

Playtime Drop-In

LAPS

Books For Babies

Kids Night Out

Creative Play & More

Drop-In Fun

Parenting in Two Cultures

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Playtime Drop-In

LAPS

Super Dads Super Kids (SDSK)

Books For Babies

Kids Night Out

Creative Play & More

Drop-In Fun

Parenting in Two Cultures

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Playtime Drop-In

LAPS

Super Dads Super Kids (SDSK)

Books For Babies

Kids Night Out

Creative Play & More

Drop-In Fun

Parenting in Two Cultures

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