Family Resource Network  

The Town of Banff receives provincial funding to provide programs and services as part of the Bow Valley’s 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 will work with the Town of Canmore and Closer to Home to provide services and programs open to all Bow Valley residents.  The Town of Banff’s services will have a focus on caregiver education and capacity building, as well as coordinating social connection and wellbeing activities for families in collaboration with other partners.

Contact: familyconnections@banff.ca if you have any questions and information about our programs and services or if you are looking for support for your family. 

With COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements, we are not able to provide drop-in programming at this time but once it is safe to do so, we do plan on opening up the play space at 101 Bear Street.

Upcoming Programs & Services

Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)

Our children continue to develop and grow even though we are living in different times. Parents, you can complete free Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ and ASQ-Social Emotional) to check-up on your child’s development. These questionnaires look at 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, Banff’s Family Connections Coordinator will review the questionnaire and can meet with you (online or by phone) to offer free and fun activities to encourage healthy development and/or make referrals if necessary. If you would like to complete a questionnaire for your child, please email familyconnections@banff.ca.

Parent & Baby Fitness

This FREE outdoor class is designed for parents to attend with babies who are not yet walking. Wear your baby in a carrier or bring a car seat, stroller, or blanket with toys. You will be led through a warm up, low impact exercises and then a cool down with gentle yoga poses. Led by Kim Mayberry: Dance, Fitness and Yoga Instructor.

Wednesdays August 19 & 26 and September 2 & 9 from 11-12

Register for all 4 or single sessions at banff.ca/register or call 403.762.1251

Please bring your own water bottle, yoga mat and/or long towel.

In order to adhere to Alberta Health Services protocols, this program will be held outside at the green space behind the Whyte Museum. Anyone (instructors or participants) who is sick with cold-like symptoms such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath, even if minor, MUST NOT attend the class. You will be turned away if you exhibit these symptoms. You will be asked pre-screening health questions prior to attending class and a signed waiver is required.

Emotion Coaching 1-1

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 403.762.1124.

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 what’s happening for all families in the Bow Valley. 

Helpful Resources for Families: 

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.