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Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre
A facility of
Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba
255 – 9th Street
Brandon MB R7A 6X1
Telephone: 204-726-6280
The Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre gratefully
acknowledges the financial support of the
Fall Programs **Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec 2014**
The Resource Centre will be closed for statutory holidays.
Register Early!
Day Time Programs: Child care is available. Transportation within Brandon is also available for those who require it. Our vans
are equipped with child car seats to ensure your child’s safety while transporting.
Evening Programs: Child care is NOT usually available in the evenings. If you are unable to attend without child care, please
mention this and arrangements MAY be possible.
PRIME TIME FOR LEARNING/ EARLY LEARNING: This program is fun, hands on and informative. Come join in a time to
discover ways to help young children learn. Caregivers will learn effective strategies to help children develop their language,
literacy skills and to think creatively. Parents of children ages 0-6 years are welcome to attend.
Tuesday mornings:
9:30 - 11:15am
September 16 - November 4, 2014
SIBLING RIVALRY: During this 5 week program, information and activities presented will help parents discuss, understand and
deal with sibling rivalry in hopes of guiding sibling rivals toward peace at home and in the future.
Tuesday afternoons:
1:30 – 3:15pm
September 16 – October 14, 2014
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS: Explore the building blocks that help strengthen the parent/child relationship and create a warm
home environment. This program is for parents with children ages 0-12 years.
Tuesday evenings
7:00 - 9:00pm
September 30 – November 25, 2014
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE: Is helpful with strengthening parent-child relationships from ages 0-17 years. It enhances parent/child
problem-solving skills and promotes emotional self-regulation of both parents and children.
Thursday mornings:
9:30 – 11:15am
September 18 – November 20, 2014
BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!!!: A parenting program for parents with young children who want to get to know other parents, relax
and have fun while talking about life with baby. Topics include: Bonding with babies, childproofing and safety, mealtimes,
routines, discipline, learning through play, stress, quality childcare and other interest areas of the group.
Thursday afternoons:
1:30 – 3:15pm
October 2 – November 20, 2014
STRENGTHENING STEP FAMILIES: This 5 week program is for parents who have at least one child in their home from a
previous relationship. This program will help you understand the pitfalls and potential of step-family living.
Monday evenings:
6:00 - 8:00pm
September 8 – October 20, 2014
TALKING, LEARNING, CARING: A series of eight sessions that parents are welcome to join at any time. If you are
experiencing a crisis in your family life or if you have become involved in child welfare services this course will provide you with
some practical information. This is NOT a parenting course but certainly can be an introduction to other programs offered by the
Centre. You will receive informative handouts about parenting. There will also be time for discussion and mutual support
between group members.
Tuesday mornings:
9:30 – 11:00am
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: This support group is for families who have immigrated to Canada and who want
to form new and supportive peer relationships. Come join us in a warm, caring and supportive environment, where you
will gain knowledge about parenting in Canada, share parenting ideas and learn about your community.
MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS IN TOUCH (Ages 9-11 yrs): This is an eight week session program that focuses on relationship
and skill-building where mothers and daughters learn together.
Monday evenings:
6:00 – 8:00pm
October 20 – December 8, 2014
MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS IN TOUCH (Ages 12-14 yrs): This is an eight week session program that focuses on relationship
and skill-building where mothers and daughters learn together.
Tuesday evenings:
6:00 – 8:00pm
September 30 - November 25, 2014
HALLOWEEN HOWL: Mummies and daddies are invited to bring their little ghosts and goblins (ages 3-5) for a bootiful
afternoon of spooktacular activities and magical crafts. **Wear your Halloween costumes IF YOU DARE!!! **
Tuesday afternoon:
1:30 – 3:15pm
October 28, 2014
HOWL-O-WEEN CENTRAL: School-aged ghouls and monsters (ages 6-12) can gather for a howling good time making
Witches’ eyeballs, Frankenstein’s fingers and many more frightful things!! **Wear your Halloween costumes IF YOU DARE!!! **
Wednesday afternoon:
4:00 – 5:30pm
October 29, 2014
TOT TIME TOGETHER: Come join us for a fun filled morning with music, snack and toddler friendly crafts. This parent child
activity is for children ages 2 & 3 years old. Child care is available for children under 2 years and also for 4-5 year olds.
Tuesday morning:
9:30 – 11:15am
November 18, 2014
STRETCHING THE STORY: Parents and children ages 3-6 years are invited to join in the fun as we bring a favourite story to
life through music, crafts & play.
Wednesday morning:
9:45 – 11:15am
November 26 or December 3, 2014
HOLLY JOLLY CRAFTS: Come celebrate the holiday season with your child. This morning will include crafts, snacks, stories
and songs. Parents and preschoolers over 3 are welcome to attend.
Tuesday Afternoon:
1:30 - 3:15pm
December 2, 2014
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: Bring your preschooler (3-6 yrs) for a fun filled afternoon of creative Christmas crafts, yummy
snacks and family memories. Limited child care space for children under 2 years, so call early.
Tuesday morning:
Tuesday afternoon:
9:30 - 11:15am OR
1:30 - 3:15pm
December 9, 2014
DROP-IN PLAYTIME: An opportunity for parents and preschool children to play together in the child care room. A staff is
available to assist you, but parents are responsible for supervising their own children. Snack, Circle Time and Crafts provided.
Families can come twice a month – either the 1 and 3 Friday of each month or the 2 and 4 Friday of each month. Join any
Friday mornings:
9:30 – 11:15am
September 5 – December 19, 2014
FAMILY CIRCLE (A Parent Child Mother Goose Program): Parents, babies and children under the age of 2 join together in a
circle to enjoy action rhymes, songs and stories. There are two sessions held on Wednesday mornings. We will try to
accommodate requests for time of session but we need to ensure that the groups are divided equally. Please register if you plan
on attending the upcoming 9 week session. NOTE: There will be a $5 registration fee per family to attend.
Wednesday mornings:
9:30 – 10:15am OR 10:45 – 11:30am
September 24 – November19, 2014
** Rides are available for earlier session (9:30) only.**
LDAM: The Learning Disabilities Association of MB and our Centre partner to offer educational workshops & a support group.
Please call 204-727-4669 for more information.
THE STORE: The STORE has a good supply of used clothing, books, toys and household items. Store hours are Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 1:15 – 3:00pm. In season only donations are appreciated.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!: Please call us if you are interested in volunteering with our Agency. We have several different
opportunities for you. Please contact Brenda Lacerte at 204-726-7178 if you are interested.
NATIONAL FAMILY WEEK 2014: National Family Week is October 6-12, 2014. Our 5
Sunday October 5, 2014. Planning is underway... please stay tuned to hear more!
annual kick off celebration will be