Family Resource Network  

Park and play

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

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, child development and wellbeing and offerings in collaboration with other partners.

Where to Find Information

Upcoming Programs

Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Prepare yourself and your preschooler for the transition to kindergarten in this free, in-person, four week program. Caregivers will interact with school staff and join an FRN educator to explore topics such as child development, skills that foster independence and responsibility, and social-emotional development. Children will spend time in a kindergarten classroom meeting a kindergarten teacher, learning classroom rules and playing games to further their development. This program is open to all Bow Valley residents with children entering kindergarten in September of 2023. Registration is required. Call 403.762.1251 or email

Tuesdays, April 25 – May 16, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Family Connections Play Space
The Family Connections Play Space is for caregivers of young children aged 0-6- providing a welcoming and warm space for families to enjoy. Bring your little one and drop-in to play, socialize and connect with friendly Family Resource Network staff. Free and open to all families of the Bow Valley- this is a drop-in program and does not require registration. 

May Dates & Times: 
Wednesdays 9-11:30a.m. 
Fridays 9-11:30a.m. 
Saturdays 9:30a.m.- 12:00p.m.
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.)

June Dates & Times: 
Mondays 9-11:30a.m. 
Wednesdays 9-11:30a.m. 
Fridays 9-11:30a.m. 
Saturdays 9:30a.m.- 12:00p.m.
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.)

Running Rascals 
This drop-in program is for young children who are able to free-stand and walk- providing time to play and socialize, while building gross motor skills. Caregivers may connect with friendly, Family Resource Network staff and each other- while enjoying time with their little ones. Toys and equipment will be provided. Free and open to all families of the Bow Valley. This is a drop-in program and does not require registration. 

May Dates & Times:  Thursdays 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.) 

June Dates & Times:  Thursdays 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Upstairs at the Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.) 

Get Out  
Are you in Grade 7–10? Get in on some Friday night fun at Get Out! Have your choice from a variety of activities and equipment while enjoying time with friends and our Youth Leader. With a weekly prize draw and tons of sport equipment to use- it’s the place to be on Friday nights! Get Out is free and open to all Bow Valley youth to drop-in, registration is not required.
For program dates and times, click here.
Location: Banff Elementary School 

Bow Valley Let's Move It
Come connect with other caregivers and community members at this free, dance event. Each week, a dance instructor will lead us in one hour of fun, low impact movement. With free childcare provided- this self-care hour is for you! No previous dance experience is needed. Open to all families of the Bow Valley- registration required. 
Location: Banff Elementary School
May 7, 14, 28. Register for May
June 4, 11, 18, 25 Register for June

Available Services

Closer to Home - Healthy Families Program
Healthy Families is designed to help parents enhance their parenting skills and improve their knowledge and understanding of child development, child health and positive family functioning and in addition, to increase their connections with their community to support them and their family. It provides home visitation services to families with children ranging in age from newborn to 6 years old (at time of referral) who are facing challenges that may negatively impact their child’s development and their family’s well-being. Services are voluntary and include between one to 3 visits a week in a family’s home and/or community, depending on the needs of the family. An initial screening will assess a family’s eligibility for the program. Please contact or call 403-762-1229 for further information.

Do you have a child who is experiencing grief due to divorce, separation, death or other loss? The Rainbows program is free and provides support to children and youth in Kindergarten to Grade 8- connecting with a trained Rainbows facilitator and other peers in a small, intimate group setting. Confidentiality and safety of all participants is priority. If you feel your child could benefit from Rainbows, please contact or call 403.762.1268.

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.

Family Connections Play Space Bookings
Private bookings are available for those operating a licensed day home, or professionals working for an not-for-profit agency supporting children with special needs. Please email for further information and availability. 

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

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 story-times, 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.