Early Childhood Development Program

The ECD workers, Gina Pearson and Shayla Day, support pregnant and high risk parents (Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal) who struggle with poverty/low income, have not completed high school, have exceptional learning needs, are geographically isolated, lack family/social supports, possess a personal history of neglect/abuse, or have a history of substance misuse. Referrals can be made by agencies or professionals within the valley, or are self-referred. Families who face difficulties in the area of providing parenting skills for optimum infant care and development, home management, resource management (budgeting, managing money/bills) or who require pre or post-natal and parenting support are ideal for this program. The ECD program also works collaboratively with other service providers to offer support to families who may have had children placed in care in the past and are working toward  regaining care of their child(ren). ECD further provides support to families once their child(ren) have been returned home.
 
Outreach & Individual support:

  • Support parents/families within their own home by providing them with information around pregnancy, development in utero, and all aspects of healthy pregnancies. Also provide feedback inclusive of cultural resources.

  • Develop, implement and support parents/participants through an individualized goal plan and provide programs that build on self-esteem, and self-awareness

  • Support clients in connecting them with programs and resources that enhance their abilities as parents/families through liaising with community partnerships and other providers

  • Connect parents/families with other PAFC programs to enhance skills, increase support systems and to provide social opportunities

  • Support individual’s education and employment goals

  • Provide transportation and support at doctors appointments, court and or any other appointments that are client requires support at

  • Advocate for parents/families when needed in situations where they feel they are not being heard or respected (IE: child protection issues and school for example). 

  • Provide Post-Natal support including topics such as safe baby sleep, taking care of yourself and regular follow-up home visits and continued support pertaining to medical matters if appropriate

  • Provide parents/families with information regarding other programs at the Friendship Center and other community programs they may find useful and how to access them

  • Assist parents/families in other areas of support such as matters pertaining to MCFD/Usma, Housing and budgeting

 

Hours of Service

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm

Funding provided by: Ministry of Children and Family Development and Public Health Agency of Canada


 

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