Family Resource Network  

The Town of Banff receives provincial funding to provide programs and services as part of the Bow Valley Family Resource Network. 

Family Resource Networks (FRNs) deliver prevention and early intervention services and supports for families with children aged 0 – 18.  The Town of Banff, Town of Canmore and Closer to Home work together to provide services and programs for Bow Valley Residents. The Town of Banff’s services will have a focus on caregiver education and capacity building, coordinating social connection and offering well being activities for families in collaboration with other partners.

For family supports, questions or more information on FRN's programs and services, please contact familyconnections@banff.ca

Please note, due to COVID-19 the Family Connections Play Space is currently closed and the Running Rascals and Play For A Day programs are canceled until further notice. Until our reopening, the Bow Valley Family Resource Network has a number of online program offerings we encourage you to explore here(Updated Nov.22)

Upcoming Programs & Services

Feeding Your Baby
Are you getting ready for your baby to start solid foods? Public Health Dietitian, Carley O’Kane, will answer all your questions about what to feed first, textures and other topics related to feeding your baby. This class is best suited for parents and caregivers with children under 12 months of age. Free giveaways to all registrants! Open to all Bow Valley residents. This session will be offered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date:  Friday, February 12     Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Mealtime Struggles
Do you have questions about your child's eating? This class teaches you how to create a positive mealtime environment, introduce new foods and cope with mealtime struggles. Taught by Public Health Dietitian, Carley O’Kane, this class is for parents and caregivers with children 1-5 years of age. Open to all Bow Valley residents with free giveaways for all registrants! This session will be offered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: Friday, March 5     Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Nutrition Tips & Tricks for a Healthy Family
Struggling with day-to-day nutrition in your busy family life? Want to get some healthy foods into your picky eater? Join Dawn Byford, Holistic Nutritional Consultant and Plant-based Cook, in this free workshop on feeding your family in a healthy and easy way. Learn simple tips on affordable shopping, saving time in the kitchen, engaging kids in eating new foods and nutrition’s connection to mood and energy in your family. Open to all Bow Valley residents. This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: Thursday, February 25    Time: 10-11:00am

Parent & Baby Fitness
Join this free class designed for parents & caregivers with babies who are not yet walking. Instructor Kim Mayberry will lead you through a warm-up, low impact exercises and cool down. Register for all four or single sessions. Open to all Bow Valley residents. Sessions are currently offered online via Zoom. To register, call 403-762-1251 or visit www.banff.ca/register.
Date: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23  Time: 10-10:45am

Family Connections Play Space 
The Family Connections Play Space is for parents and caregivers of young children aged 0-5 and is located upstairs at 101 Bear Street (formerly Parent Link). We welcome all Bow Valley families to join us for stories, play and socializing. 

The Play Space is free, however pre-registration is required. Families may register for Mondays/Thursdays OR Tuesdays/Fridays. Registered families may attend programming at any time on their registered days only.  

Running Rascals
Running Rascals is an active play program for children who are able to free-stand and walk and runs out of the Pioneer Room at 101 Bear Street. This program provides time for little ones to play and socialize, while building their gross motor skills. Please note, Running Rascals is currently being offered during Family Connections Play Space sessions.

Play for a Day
Families who have previously established cohorts may have the opportunity to book the Family Connections Play Space and Running Rascals space for an hour and a half of un-programmed play. A cohort of up to 15 people may book the space once a month. Some cleaning responsibilities are required to comply with COVID-19 health protocols. This free program is offered to families and caregivers with children aged 0-5.
Location: 101 Bear Street- Family Connections Play Space & Pioneer Room

Developmental Screening
Child development is happening all the time, even during our current health crisis. We invite you to complete a FREE online Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ and ASQ - Social Emotional) to check-up on your child's development. These parent-completed evaluation tools assess the development of children 0-5 years old in the areas of: communication, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, personal social skills and social/emotional development. Once completed, a trained professional reviews the completed questionnaire and can meet virtually to offer fun activities to enhance development and/or make referrals, if necessary. If you would like to receive an online ASQ/ASQ-SE please click here

Emotion Coaching One- to- One
Schedule a meeting to learn some strategies to help you raise emotionally healthy children by becoming more aware and understanding of their emotions while helping to support them in challenging situations. Email familyconnections@banff.ca or call 403.762.1229.

Other Bow Valley Family Resource Network Programs

The Town of Canmore is the ‘hub' service provider for all Bow Valley families. Information on their many programs and services are located on their virtual hub. If you are a Facebook user, please follow “Bow Valley Family Resource Network” for updates on programs and services for families. 

Helpful Resources for Families: 

Alberta Health Services, Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, public education sessions on child and youth emotional wellness and health topics . For information or to register, click here or visit http://community.hmhc.ca/.

AHS: Help in Tough Times: List of resources, including coping strategies for families and children during Covid-19

I’m Ready Booklets: Information for Parents with Children Under 5:

Zero to Three:  Information for parents of young children

Anxiety Canada:  Resources for coping with anxiety.

Triple P Positive Parenting:  Online parenting courses (toddlers to tweens and pre-teens to teens) and resources for families

Banff Public Library: Find information for storytimes, memberships and more

Banff Recreation:  Find resources for staying active during the Covid-19 pandemic, including family kits that can be borrowed.

Active for Life: Information on raising physically literate kids.