Families Matter

Infant, Toddlers, Preschool

Infant / Toddler / Preschool

A new adventure.  The first few years of a childs life and lay the foundation for your lifelong relationship.  They are exciting, beautiful, and sometimes overwhelming and challenging years as you create a new family dynamic, learn to be a parent, and go on a hugely steep learning curve.

Families Matter is here!

We have resource centres for play and friendship, special infant drop in groups to meet other moms with young babies, in home support, and excellent programming to help parents understand the ages and stages of healthy development with children and what that means in terms of their behaviour.

Investing in learning about your children, taking care of your own needs, and investing in parenting education through your time will help insure that you have the foundation of respectful communication and discipline as you travel through all the transitions in your parenting journey.

They are worth it!  Your family is worth it.

Upcoming Programs

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If the class you are interested in is full, please give us a call so that we can add you to a waiting list.

Circle of Security

The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.
February 5, 2020 through March 25, 2020
Wednesday at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost (CAD): No Cost, Fully Subsidized
Families Matter Parent Link Centre (Bowness)
#300, 7930 Bowness Road N.W.

Childcare is available. Cost: $

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March 18, 2020 through May 13, 2020
Wednesday at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost (CAD): $75.00
Families Matter - Horizon Centre
3404 25th Street N.E.

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March 18, 2020 through May 13, 2020
Wednesday at 9:30 am -11:30 am
Cost (CAD): $75.00
Families Matter -Horizon Centre
3404 25th Street N.E.

Childcare is available. Cost: $

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How to Talk so LITTLE KIDS Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk

How do you respond to the toddler who won't brush his teeth? The preschooler who pinches the baby? The child who throws everything she can reach? It's hard to be a little kid. It's hard to be an adult responsible for that little kid. And it's really hard to think about effective communication when the toast is burning, the baby is crying and you're exhausted. Help is on the way. Join Laurie Florence for this five week program to navigate and thrive in these important years. Ideal for children ages 2 - 7 years old.
February 5, 2020 through March 4, 2020
Wednesday at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost (CAD): $75.00
Families Matter - Horizon Centre
3404 25th Street N.E.

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Infant Massage

This class will teach parents of infants (6 weeks - 6 months old) how to use a nurturing touch to connect with baby and support growth and development in this unique way. The parents can use the techniques at home to provide a full body massage to their little ones.
January 14, 2020 through February 4, 2020
Tuesday at 9:45 am-10:30 am
Cost (CAD): No Cost, Fully Subsidized
Rosemont Family Learning & Playing Centre (Rosemont Community Centre)
2807 10 St NW

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Parent Child Mother Goose (Infant Group)

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children that focuses on the pleasure and development of literacy skill through the use of rhymes, songs, and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children's crucial early years, and give their children healthy early experiences with language and communication. Please note this program is for children 0 - 1 year old.
November 6, 2019 through December 11, 2019
Wednesday at 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Cost (CAD): No Cost, Fully Subsidized
PLC Bowness
#300, 7930 Bowness Road N.W.

Childcare is available. Cost: $

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Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting

Based on the work of Joan Durrant, this eight week session addresses the roots of positive discipline, beginning with the relationship between parent and child and moving on to ages and stages of development. Learning is based on the two pillars of a strong relationship, structure and warmth.
April 16, 2020 through June 4, 2020
Thursday at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost (CAD): $75.00
Families Matter - Horizon Centre
3404 25th Street N.E.

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Spirited Child - Working with Temperament

Raising Your Spirited Child – Working with Temperament Discover the best ways of helping your child reach his/her potential, by matching your parenting methods with their individual temperament traits. In this workshop we discuss security, growth and new routines, nine temperament traits, individual personality differences, and taking the power out of power struggles.
January 15, 2020 through January 29, 2020
Wednesday at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost (CAD): $50.00
Families Matter - Horizon Centre
3404 25th Street N.E.

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Terrific Toddlers

Topics for discussion with strategies you can use are: Positive and Respectful Discipline Healthy Self-Esteem Ages & Stages Power Struggles Join us for coffee and a welcoming environment to learn more and discuss your parenting questions.
February 5, 2020 through March 4, 2020
Wednesday at 9:30 am -11:30 am
Cost (CAD): $75.00
Horizon Centre
3404 25th Street N.E.

Childcare is available. Cost: $

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Busy Bodies

Young children are on the move! Come enjoy this two hour program with your toddler aged 18 months- 30 months. Busy bodies encourages early movement experiences through gross motor activities, music/art, sensory and free play! Through this program you and your toddler will connect with others and engage in physical development. During this program toddlers have the opportunity to build on their intellectual skills, communication skills and build their self-confidence.

There are currently no classes available for this program.

LENA Start

Calling all parents and caregivers of children aged 0 – 3 years! LENA Start classes can help make a difference in your baby’s life just through early talk and interaction! LENA Start families receive: Free on-site child care; 10 free children’s books *This program is offered in partnership with Calgary Reads! For more information and to register please call Amber Perkins at (403) 205-5198

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Let's Talk About...

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Mad Science Workshop - Keep In Touch

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Mad Science Workshop - Slippery Science

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Messy Fingers

IT’S TIME TO GET MESSY! Come explore a variety of activities that use all your senses. You and your preschooler will experience all 5 senses; sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste. This is a fun way to get messy and learn how to make do-it-yourself recipes. This is a structured class that is 3 weeks long for children ages 3-5 and their caregiver.

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Noodle-Do

This is the program for parents with preschoolers aged 3-5 where you can play games that build trust, boost imagination and teach some tools to support brain development. It is all based on the latest neuroscience so it’s not only a lot of fun, it will help build your child’s brain. Parents and children will have fun trying out new activates and materials, parents will leave with some great ideas of new activities to try at home. *NO CHILDCARE AVAILABLE

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Parent Cafe

Parent Café is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together in a supportive environment for conversations, shared knowledge and social connection. Learn about the foundations of child brain development and the lifelong impact of early learning experiences. We will discuss the key role that parents and caregivers play in supporting children to reach their potential. This program if for families with children 0 - 5 years old. PLEASE NOTE: CHILD Care not provided .

There are currently no classes available for this program.

Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time is a 4 week registered class for caregivers and children aged 0-5. Join us for rhymes, songs and stories that encourage literacy, communication and enhances your bond with your child!

There are currently no classes available for this program.

What People Are Saying…

“The team at Families Matter gave us the help and resources we needed to grow our family.” Tracy Schultz

“The programs at Families Matter are simply incredible. We've learned so much when it comes to parenting our two little ones.” Danielle Stewart