Early Childhood Development & Family Programs
Family Literacy Home Visitation ProgramTo Register Call 780-895-2874 or 1-877-895-2233
This program is provided in partnership with the Lamont County Community Adult Learning Council. Family literacy practitioners facilitate programming in the home. Participants qualify for this program based on criteria such as isolation issues, low literacy skills or concerns, or socio-economic status that prevents them from being able to access other programs offered in their community. Programs consist of reading, writing, games, crafts, rhymes and singing with the children as well as time working with the parent to identify areas of parental strength and building upon those using simple literacy activities.
Rhymes & Story TimesNext Program Scheduled: TBA
This is a community-based program that enhances the emotional and intellectual development of children using rhymes, games, storytelling and songs. This is an opportunity for both caregiver and child to learn a variety of nursery rhymes and songs, to strengthen the parent – child bond, to establish a network of friends and to build community. Skills gained in this program give parents the confidence needed to enhance their children’s ‘early years’ development and gain skills to form healthy, positive family patterns. The pace is slow and relaxed with plenty of time for repetition of material and casual discussion of issues and questions that arise. The atmosphere is accepting and supportive, with the intention of building the confidence of all participants, and creates a feeling of community and mutual support within the group.
The classes are attended by small groups of parents and their babies, toddlers and pre-school children to learn finger rhymes, action poems, stories and songs. The program allows parents to observe their children as well as other children’s behaviour, to learn about early childhood development, expectations and responses, as well as to bond through the language program. The program is run in conjunction with the Lamont Hospital Recreation Program on Friday mornings. Residents participate either by watching, signing, clapping or resting. The interaction with young children is very stimulating and emotional for the residents. It’s astounding to see the interaction between the residents and the children.
Parents and Tots Programs – Drop InThe purpose of the Parents and Tots Program is to provide an interactive playgroup for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-6. The program’s focus is to build literacy, support positive parenting skills and provide information and education on local programs and services available within the community in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Three groups meet weekly in three communities (Lamont, Bruderheim and St. Micheal). All programs are operated on a “drop in” basis.
- Lamont – Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lamont Alliance Church
- Bruderheim – Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Moravian Church
- St. Michael – Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the St. Michael Hall
- Mundare - Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mundare School
- Andrew - Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Andrew Lions Club
Parent LinkVegreville Parent Link Center: Call 780-632-8686
Fort Saskatchewan Parent Link Center: Call 780-998-5595
This organization delivers programs at their site in Vegreville for parents and children ages 0 -6. FCSS continues an ongoing partnership with both Vegreville and Fort Saskatchewan Parent link Centers. These partnerships are established to bring Parent Link programming and resources to County residents. FCSS continues to provide in kind support to Vegreville Parent Link Outreach Coordinator who is charged with providing quality child and family programming.
Each week our PLC Outreach Coordinator participates in and contributes to program planning, organization and facilitation of programs within the County. The Vegreville Parent Link center also continues to be huge resource for providing indoor playground equipment and programming, information/referrals, parenting workshops, and resource materials for parents and children.