Our programs are providing primary prevention to families to build protective factors and prevent the development of risk factors and vulnerabilities. We provide early intervention services to engage families when their vulnerabilities are first identified to reduce the need for more intrusive and intensive interventions. Our seamless range of services offers an opportunity to intervene early, while building the relationship within the school. Parenting starts right from inception.
Family Centre is proud to be a part of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative which indicates that: Nurturing environments, particularly from pre-natal to six years of age, are essential for healthy brain development. The basic architecture of the human brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood.
Alberta wellness is pleased to launch their new video - How brains are Built: The Core story. See the video Here
Family Centre is a community-based organization. We provide Southwestern Alberta families with caring and respectful family support through a comprehensive range of prevention and early intervention services to children, youth, parents, grandparents and other family members. Family Centre is recognized for its excellence in services by designation as a "Government of Alberta - Parent Link Centre". The Ministry identified that Parent Link Centres are "centres of excellence". We offer four core services:
- Information & Referral
- Parent Education
- Early childhood literacy, learning and care
- Family support including individual, couples, family, and parent/teen counselling
These core services are often free of charge, but some specific programs have a small registration fee. All of our programs are offered through a variety of formats, venues and outreach strategies. We are always doing our best to ensure that our programs are available to anyone, by often providing childcare, transportation or finances. We encourage participant evaluations, and are always seeking ways to improve based on the feedback provided. Family Centre works with a variety of agencies in Lethbridge to ensure a continuum of services, without duplication, but we are the only Family Resource Centre (Parent Link Centre) in Lethbridge.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for one or more of our programs, please visit the Get Involved tab.