Parent Education Workshops
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world! Thanks to the many programs offered by the Parent Link Centre you don't have to do it alone.
Parent Education Courses
Drop into the Parent Link Centre (PLC) for parenting support. Early Childhood Educators are available to provide information, education, parenting strategies and referrals to community agencies as well as answer any parenting questions you may have. If you are looking for more support we also offer a Home Visitation Program, Triple P Parenting Program and Respite Program.
Over four sessions, you learn massage strokes and how they benefit your baby, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. You also learn specific strokes to sooth crying baby, ease constipation and gas pain, and reduce colic. Open to moms and dads with babies from four weeks old to not yet crawling. No prior skills required.
Bringing Baby Home
Are you pregnant or a new parent? Bringing Baby Home will help you recognize and cope successfully with the transition of becoming a family! The program will help strengthen your couple relationship, deal effectively with conflict, improve the quality of your parent-infant interaction and help you to recognize the psychological and emotional needs of your child.
CPR & Infant CPR
This Heartsaver® CPR AED course is geared towards parents/caregivers and teaches how to recognize cardiac arrest, get emergency care on its way quickly and provides help until EMS arrives. Other topics covered include: asthma, allergic reactions, fever, viral infections, chocking, seizures, and diabetes. Provided by Cochrane Emergency Training Services.
Parent Resource Library
We have a comprehensive library of parenting books and children's books available for your family to borrow. We also offer Parent Resource Boxes on a variety of topics, including potty training, divorce, fine motor skills and more! Each resource box contains parenting books, children books, tip sheets and activities to share as a family. Early Childhood Educators are available to answer parenting questions, help you to complete a developmental screen for your child or assist in finding resources.
In-Home Parenting Support
Triple P Parenting
Parenting does come with a manual. The Western Rocky View PLC is pleased to offer Triple P Parenting to families with children ages 2 to 16 years old residing in Cochrane and the Western Rocky View County.
This unique parenting program is designed to give parents practical information and advice on positive approaches to parenting. In four 90-minute sessions, parents learn to promote their child's healthy development and gain strategies to deal with a wide variety of common behavioural difficulties and developmental concerns. Triple P offers parents strategies to:
- Build positive relationships with your child
- Praise and encourage behaviour you like
- Teach children new skills
- Set rules and give instructions your children will follow
- Respond to misbehaviour immediately, consistently and decisively
- Use discipline strategies that work
- Take care of yourself as parents.
For more information about the Triple P Parenting Program or to become involved in the program, please contact us by email or at 403-851-2265.
Home Visitation Program
Parents, do you often find yourself:
- Feeling isolated or all alone?
- Feeling overwhelmed or stressed?
- Challenged by the demands of parenting?
- In need of help getting connected in your community?
The Western Rocky View Family and Community Resource Centre offers a Home Visitation Program for families with children birth to six years old in Cochrane and Western Rocky View County. The Home Visitation Program is free and voluntary! If you become part of the program you will receive:
- Weekly / biweekly home visits
- Assistance to identify and build your family strengths
- Social and emotional support
- Parenting information and child development education
- Resource information and referrals to community services
For more information about the Home Visitation Program, please call 403-851-2250.
The Western Rocky View Family and Community Resource Centre also offers a Respite Program. The Respite Program is designed to support parents and caregivers who do not have extended family to offer a break.
For more information about the Respite Program, please call 403-851-2250.