Family Resource Network  

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 and offering well being activities for families in collaboration with other partners.

Please note, some of our programs are on hold or being delivered online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see the information below for available programs and services.

Where to Find Information

  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • If you are a Facebook user, follow “Bow Valley Family Resource Network” for updates on programs and services for families
  • Email our Family Connections Coordinator at familyconnections@banff.ca
  • The Town of Canmore also offers free, Bow Valley Family Resource Network programs- open to all residents of the Bow Valley. Visit their virtual hub for more information.

Family Grow Kits
We are happy to announce the availability of free veggie grow kits for Bow Valley Family Resource Network families through generous funding from Community Food Centers of Canada and the Bow Valley Food Alliance. Kits will include containers, seeds and soil. Additionally, the Bow Valley Primary Care Network, Food From Home initiative has kindly offered to share their online skill building/education sessions- which will be available on their facebook page “Bow Valley Food From Home”. The aim of providing these kits and access to introductory educational sessions for gardeners is to inspire Bow Valley families to grow their own foods, and provide the skills and supplies to do so. A limited number of kits are available through the Bow Valley Family Resource Network and only one kit per family on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in a kit, please email familyconnections@banff.ca and Jessica will contact you with further details.

Upcoming Programs 

Leader In Training (L.I.T) - Registration opens June 2
Are you ready to lead? Join the Bow Valley Family Resource Network (BVFRN) and Summer Fun team for this two-week leadership development program. Learn what it takes to program plan, problem solve and work with children on their level. Find your own leadership style in our week of training - then practice your skills as a volunteer leader with the Summer Fun day camp program. All L.I.T. participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Open to all residents of the Bow Valley entering Grade 8 or 9. To register, call 403-762-1251 or email community.services@banff.ca.
Note- participants must attend both weeks of the program to receive their certificate. If you have a youth interested in this program, outside of the grade range- we are currently wait listing if we are able to accommodate more participants. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the wait list.

  • Grades 8-9
  • Training component: July 26-30, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
  • Volunteer component: August 3-6, 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. 
  • Fee: Bow Valley Family Resource Network programs and services are free of charge
  • Location: Week 1- Fenlands Recreation Centre, Week 2- Banff Elementary School

Family Connections Play Space
The Family Connections Play Space is for caregivers of young children aged 0-5- 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. We kindly ask all attending adults to please wear a mask. Current restrictions recommend children over the age of 2 years old wear a mask.
Date: Tuesday & Thursday mornings in August
Time: 9:00am- 11:30am
Location: Upstairs at the Catherine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear Street) 

Park & Play 
Park & Play is an outdoor, drop-in program for caregivers with young children aged 0-5. Children may enjoy the provided toys and supplies during open ended play, while caregivers connect with each other and Family Resource Network staff. Park & Play is free and open to all families of the Bow Valley. We kindly ask all attending adults to please wear a mask. Current COVID-19 restrictions recommend children over the age of 2 years old wear a mask. In the case of inclement weather, programming will move into the Family Connections Play Space at the Catherine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear Street).
July: July 29, 9:30-11:30a.m.
August: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30a.m.
Location: Central Park Gazebo 

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. Running Rascals is free and open to all families of the Bow Valley. We kindly ask all attending adults to please wear a mask. Current COVID-19 restrictions recommend children over the age of 2 years old wear a mask.
July: July 30, 9:30-11:30a.m. at Central Park Gazebo
August: Fridays, 9:30-11:30a.m., upstairs at the Catherine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear St.)

Get Out  
Are you in Grade 7-10? Get in on some Friday night fun at Get Out every week through July. Have choice in what you want to do- whether it is shooting some hoops outside, chatting with our Youth Leader Pete, or just hanging out with friends- there is something for you. With a weekly prize draw, tons of equipment to use and pretty rad staff- you’ll want to make this your frequent Friday night place to be! Get Out is free and open to all youth of the Bow Valley in Grade 7-10. Current COVID-19 restrictions recommend youth wear a mask unless exempt or doing high intensity physical exercise.
Date: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 6:00 -9:00p.m.
 Location: Banff Community High School Courtyard

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 familyconnections@banff.ca or call 403-762-1229 for further information.

Rainbows
Do you have a child who is experiencing grief due to divorce, parental separation, death or other loss? The Rainbows program provides support to children and youth in kindergarten to Grade 8-connecting with a trained Rainbows facilitator. Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, Rainbows is currently available to children on a one-to-one basis. Please contact familyconnections@banff.ca if you feel your child could benefit from this support.

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.

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 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.