SPEC PARENT LINK CENTRE


We are here to teach & play!

SPEC parentLINKcentre offers free parenting and play programs to meet the unique needs of the families and communities we serve.


FREE PROGRAMMING

The PLC is open to all families! We have daily fun & educational play programs in Brooks and surrounding rural areas.

Children 0 - 6 years old

The PLC programs are designed for children 0 - 6 years old.

HIPPY Program

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters! The HIPPY program is for immigrant parents (now permanent residents of Canada) with children ages 3 - 5 years of age. This free program helps prepare children for success in school and takes approximately 15 minutes per day!


DAY HOME VISITS


OPEN PLAYROOM



DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING


RURAL PROGRAMMING



DAILY ONSITE ACTIVITIES


EVENING/WEEKEND PROGRAMMING


PLC PROGRAMMING

PARENT & TOT

The parent & tot programs are an opportunity for parents and child care providers to meet other parents. This is also an excellent opportunity for your children to interact with other children. Activities and toys are provided for children to learn through play. Sessions take place in (please check our calendar for current locations):

  • Rainier (Alcoma School)
  • Rosemary (Community Hall)
  • Bassano (Community Hall)
  • Cessford (Berry Creek School)
  • Brooks (JBS Canada Centre – FlexHall)
  • Duchess (Rec Centre)

MUSIC

ART

STORIES

PHYSICAL PLAY

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (TRIPLE P)

A parenting and family support strategy that aims to prevent behavioural, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. And because Triple P is designed and tailored to the needs of parents, you can select one of the many levels of Triple P suited to your specific needs.

Children don’t come with an instruction manual so when it comes to parenting, how do you know what’s best and what works? The Alberta government is helping to take the guesswork out of parenting, by supporting parents and caregivers throughout the province with the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.

Triple P is offered in four different formats: seminar series, groups, discussion groups and primary care, or one-on-one. For more information on dates, times and availability, please call Ruby at 403-362-5056. There is no cost to attend any of the four formats and childcare can be requested.

TRIPLE P ONLINE – Positive Parenting Program

TPOL is a Level 4 Triple P program that is comprised of 8 modules. The modules are designed for parents to complete one per week, with each module taking approximately 30 minutes to an hour. It is an interactive program that contains brief video clips demonstrating Triple P strategies and an interactive activity which aims to reinforce these strategies after viewing the clip. There is also an individualized workbook which contains parents responses to activities and allows them to add notes. The program consistently encourages parents to implement Triple P strategies in their own families.

In order to access this new variant of Triple P, parents and caregivers will be able to request access codes through the Stay Positive website 

Parents will be able to input their information, such as their email address, postal code and any additional information they would like to provide. They then click ‘submit’ and soon after, they will receive an access code via email to begin the program. The codes will be provided to families free of charge.

DAY HOME VISITS

The SPEC Parent Link Centre Day Home Visit Program targets all the day homes within Brooks and surrounding areas. The program is facilitated by a Parent Link Centre staff where literacy enhancement activities and developmental screening tools are provided upon parental consent. This program takes place in each participating day home one day a week for ten successive weeks. The purpose of which is to provide supports to the day home providers and to build literacy skills in children with multi-cultural orientation.

AM I GROWING

Just like visiting the dentist, having an eye appointment or seeing a doctor, it’s important to schedule a growth checklist for your child. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires begin at four months and continue up to five years. If you have any questions about your child, call and make an appointment to have one of our staff help you complete the questionnaire. In home, or in office appointments available.

HOME INSTRUCTION FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL YOUNGSTERS

AGES: 3, 4, and 5 years old

WHO: Permanent residents of Canada

  1. Teaching immigrant parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher
  2. To help prepare their children for success in school

HIPPY is a FREE service that provides:

  • Weekly in-home support and training from a home visitor. Visits are 1 hour per week.
  • Group meetings with other families in the HIPPY program
  • Materials to help you teach your child at home
  • Children’s books, shapes, and all the supplies required for the program
  • Fun social events and workshops based on interest and needs
  • Connecting newcomer families to schools and community services

PARENT LINK CENTRE RESOURCES

PLC is a member of the the Brooks and County of Newell Early Childhood Development Coalition, developed from the Early Child Development Mapping Project of Alberta (ECMap) where schools, service providers, local government and parents look at whether the children in our community are developing appropriately.

PLC NEWSLETTER

TESTIMONIAL

“The Parent Link Centre has changed my life! Before I started coming to the programs, I was so isolated and my daughter was very shy. Especially as an immigrant and learning a new language, it’s hard to make friends. Now my daughter has good social skills and lots of friends. I get to connect with other moms. We’re much happier now.”
– A Happy Mother

PARENT LINK CENTRE FUNDED BY

* In addition, your charitable donations/investments help us to maintain and enhance Parent LINK Centre programs that support children and their families. Your donations directly support program operations.