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KARA Family Resource Centre provides a wide variety of programming, services and supports designed to create positive outcomes for children and their families in the Edmonton area. As a Parent Link Centre, we also provide programming, groups, and events that are available across multiple locations.

Drop-In Programs


Creative Play & More

Description: This is a weekly drop-in playgroup for young children and their parents/caregivers. The focus is on supporting young children’s learning through their play. Each week will include some sensory play activities that encourage children to use their five senses and movement to explore and discover. These “hands on” activities will help children develop their understanding of math, science, and language concepts in ways that are fun and developmentally appropriate.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Every Thu until Jun 21

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided


Drop-In Fun

Description: This group is an opportunity for families of young children (0 – 6 years), to come together to learn, interact, and connect with other families in the community. We will explore topics and share relevant resources according to families’ specific needs and interests. There will be fun crafts, songs, music, stories and other special activities each week.

Location: Dunluce Tenant Centre

Address: #9, 11930 162 Avenue

Date: Every Thu until Jun 21

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided.


Grow With Me

Description: This is a program for parents, caregivers and babies under 12 months. This weekly drop in program helps parents interact with their babies in ways that promote bonding, communication and development of their body and brain. The session will include parent baby play activities, parent discussion of topics and resources, and a time to connect with other parents.

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Every Wed until Jun 20

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be 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 Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Every Wed until Jun 20

Time: 6 to 8pm

Please Note: Light Supper of Soup & Bun provided.


Playtime Drop-In

Description: There will be a variety of activity centers set up for kids to explore. Parents can watch their child(ren) play or join in the activity while visiting each other. The morning will end with a circle time of songs and stories

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Every Tue until Jun 19

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided.


Sharing Circle

Description: The Sharing Circle is open to all caregivers that want to connect with Indigenous Culture and share their stories. The circles are specifically designed for families who want cultural exposure.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date(s): Apr 9, Apr 30, May 14, May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25

Time: 6 to 8pm

Please Note: A light supper of soup or stew and bannock will be provided. Children's program provided (0 - 6 years), and older siblings, please call to reserve your spot.


Me & My Buddy

Description: This program is for all Dads, Step-Dads, Granddads, Uncles, or other significant males. No Moms allowed!!

Have you got a little buddy between 0-6 years in your life? Come and enjoy a Satuday morning of songs, circle time and free play with us!

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Sat Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23

Time: 10am to Noon

Note: A light lunch will be provided.

Registered Programs


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, and
  • Encouraging positive behaviour

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Tue May 8 to Jun 19

Time: 1 to 3pm

Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register for the program.


Triple P - Positive Parenting Programs

Triple P Stepping Stones

Description: Is the pressure of raising a child with a special need straining your family life.  This 10 week program helps you manage problem behaviours like emotional meltdowns, tantrums, etc. and developmental issues common in children with a disability.  It also helps encourage behaviour you like, cope with stress, develop a close relationship with your child and teach your child new skills.

Location: North Edmonton Christian Fellowship Church

Address: 9004 153 Avenue

Date:Tue Apr 3 to Jun 12

Time: 9:30 to 11:30am

Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years) please call to reserve your spot.


Triple P Seminars

Description: Parenting is not an easy job! This information session offers you suggestions and ideas to make parenting just a bit easier! There will be a brief question period following the presentation. Come to one or all three seminars:

This program will not be offered at this time.


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.


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 ways 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 learining.

This program will not be offered at this time.


Triple P Discussion Group

Description: Triple P Discussion Groups are for parents with specific concerns about their child’s behaviour (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. Come to one or all four sessions:

This program will not be offered at this time.


Parents Night Out Workshops

Description: These weekly workshops offer strategies and tips for everyday parenting! Come to just one or all.

  • Apr 10: Managing Fighting & Aggression (Triple P Discussion Groups)
  • Apr 17: Developing Good Bedtime Routines (Triple P Discussion Groups)
  • Apr 24: Hassle Free Shopping (Triple P Discussion Groups))
  • May 1: Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings
  • May 8: Engaging Cooperation
  • May 15: Positive Discipline
  • May 22: Alternatives To Punishment
  • May 29: Encouraging Independence
  • Jun 5: Praise
  • Jun 12: Freeing Children from Playing Roles

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Time: Tue from 6 to 8pm

Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register.

Note: Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years) please call to reserve your spot.


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.

Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Thu Apr 12 to Jun 28

Time: 12:30 to 3:30pm

Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years) please call to reserve your spot.


Note: Light lunch provided.


Books for Babies

Description: During this 4 week program, parents will learn about what, when and why we read to babies. This program involves exploring books, having fun playing together, and connecting with other parents. Each family receives free books, a book bag, and helpful information to take home. For parents and babies (0 to 12 months)

Location: Dunluce Tenant Centre

Address: #9, 11930 162 Avenue

Date: Tue Apr 3 to Apr 24

Time: 10 to 11am


Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Wed May 9 to May 30

Time: 10 to 11am

Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register.


Traditional Parenting for Indigenous Families

Description: This 9 week cultural program focuses on parenting and literacy skills, along with Indigenous Culture and Teachings. The first week begins with a feast and ceremony. Each session afterwards starts with a light meal, smudge and prayer.

Topics include:

  • Early Literacy,
  • Building Self-Esteem,
  • Listening,
  • Communication, and
  • Discipline
  • This program explores values, traditions and the history of Indigenous People as well.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Thu Apr 5 to May 31

Time: 12:30 to 3pm

Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years) please call to reserve your spot.


Introduction to Anger

Description: This 7 week informational and educational course is not intended to take place of counseling but rather to educate you about what anger is.  It encompasses group discussions, group sharing, knowledge and skills.

The topics we cover are:

  • what anger is,
  • anger triggers & thoughts,
  • primary feelings & physical responses,
  • reactions,
  • past anger and letting go.

Knowing what your triggers are, why you react the way you do and how to use alternatives will help you to better understand yourself and your anger.


Location: Beverly Daycare

Address: 11005 34 Street (Rundle School)

Date: Thu Mar 15 to Apr 26

Time: 1 to 3pm


Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register for the program.

Note: Call Seta at 780-477-1151 to arrange for childcare if required.


Parenting in Two Cultures

Description: This 11 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. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 12 years)


Location: KARA-Too

Address: #108, 5606 134A Avenue

Date: Wed May 2 to Jun 20

Time: 12:30 to 3pm


Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register for the program.


Rhymes That Bind

Description: This is a 10 week program for parents and young children to interact using rhymes, songs, and simple movement games. Participants will learn rhymes to help with daily routines and ways to support their child’s language development. For parents and children (0 to 6 years)


Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Address: 6717 132 Avenue

Date: Wed Apr 4 to Jun 6

Time: 6 to 8pm


Registration Required: Call 780-478-5396 to register. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years) please call to reserve your spot.


COPEing With Toddler Behaviour

Description: Parents of toddlers (12 to 36 months) will explore how: their parenting style; their relationship with their child; and, their child’s personality can all shape their toddlers behaviour. Parents will also explore ideas to prevent challenging situations from happening and ways to respond to challenging toddler behaviours. Group members will view videos of common parenting challenges then spend time having problem solving discussions and doing skill building exercises together.

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

This program is not being offered at this time.


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.

This program is not being offered at this time.


How To Talk So Kids Will Listen

Description: Do you want to get your child(ren) to cooperate? Come learn and practice some great communication and discipline techniques. These skills can help you guide your child’s behaviour in ways that leave both you and your child feeling good, as well as, build your child’s independence and self-esteem. This program is perfect for parents with children 3 years and up.

This program is not being offered at this time.


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. This is a parent/child interaction program so parents must attend with their child(ren) (0 to 6 years). Parents spend part of the day bonding with their child while participating together in a variety of early learning activities. Parents then participate in a group while staff care for their children. 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 program is not being offered at this time.


Positive Discipline

Description: During this 9 week program parents and caregivers of young children 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, and
  • Problem solve what to do in challenging situations.

This program is not being offered at this time.

Family Support Services


Collective Kitchen

Description: This is a 6 week cooking class where participants will learn the math behind cooking and how to budget their meal planning. The first session will focus on orientation and menu planning. The next five sessions will focus on cooking in a group setting while learning how to prepare nutritious meals. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years)

Please Note: There is a food cost of $10 per family for this program

This program is not being offered at this time.


Basic Shelf Program

Description: The Basic Shelf program is a series of 10 weekly workshops where a group of 8-10 people are taught how to cook and shop for food on a limited budget. Participants come to each session and as a group prepare one recipe from the Basic Shelf Cookbook - utilizing ingredients from the Basic Shelf. This recipe is then shared amongst the group participants which teaches the participants not only how to prepare the food but also how to follow a recipe, safe storage of food, cleanliness in the kitchen and food safety tips. Participants are also advised of the necessity to make note of the ingredients they have used and the need to restock that item at their next shopping trip. This step is imperative to ensure that the Basic Shelf is sustainable once the program is completed.

Participants of the Basic Shelf program offered by KARA Family Resource Centre will receive the following:

  • A Basic Shelf food hamper
  • A Basic Shelf Cookbook
  • Childcare will be provided during each group session
  • Ongoing support and guidance from staff members trained in the delivery of the Basic Shelf program

This program is not being offered at this time.


ASQ Ages & Stages Questionnaires

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.


Connecting Parents Program

Description: This program is for families who live north of 153rd Avenue, east of 142nd Street and west of Manning Freeway.

The goal of Connecting Parents is to connect parents to:

  • One another
  • Resources in their community
  • Service providers, businesses and others who work with families
  • other programs offered by KARA

To find out what is offered in your neighbourhood OR to make a suggestion on what is needed in your community, please call 780-478-5396.


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.