The Family Resource Center’s “Welcome Week” is full of fun activities

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The Moose Jaw Early Years Family Resource Center (FRC) is hosting a Welcome Week celebration as it opens its facility after a long period of the pandemic. The FRC offers free services to families with children under the age of five.

The Moose Jaw Early Years Family Resource Center (FRC) is hosting a Welcome Week celebration as it opens its facility after a long period of the pandemic.

The FRC offers free services to families with children under the age of five.

FRC Welcome Week will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 20-24, including a ribbon cutting on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

“Our welcome week will be like a grand opening because we (have not been fully operational),” said FRC coordinator Wanda Peakman. “We have different things every day, and one of our biggest days will be Tuesday. We will have an inauguration presentation with some dignitaries and speeches will take place. And an FRC family will speak.

Funding for a new early childhood FRC in Moose Jaw was first announced in 2019. The FRC was ready to operate at the end of 2020, but plans for a full opening were thwarted by COVID.

“We never had a big opening,” Peakman explained. “We offered our services throughout COVID in different ways because we couldn’t have families in the building… And now we can meet in person and connect, which is the whole idea of ​​the center of family resources. .”

Daily events will include:

  • Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m. — Lindsey Stephenson, author of the inclusive children’s book “My Mama is a Superhero!” will do a live reading. Her book will be on display as a Story Trail, with families able to walk through the center reading one page at a time.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — The Moose Jaw Police Department will be offering car seat training and a bike rodeo. They will check the size of the helmet and the children can ride their bikes on a small course.
  • Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. — The Sask Reptile Show will educate and entertain children with special guests like snakes, lizards and turtles.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2 to 3 p.m. — Music for Young Children with Cora will give children the chance to move and dance to fun beats.
  • Friday June 24 – The FRC will be hosting a Jump for Joy day with lots of fun motor activities at the end of the week.

“Throughout the week we will have our outdoor free play open. It’s where families can come to play and explore with their little one,” Peakman said. “There will be tables with development activities. So, for example, on Monday, alongside our author’s reading, we’ll have diversity activities, and we’ll have superhero capes, that sort of thing.

There will also be agencies associated with the FRC during the week offering information and resources for the early years of childhood.

Agencies with Welcome Week representatives will include:

  • South-Central Early Childhood Intervention Program
  • Early Social Skills Program
  • Regional KidsFirst
  • Inclusion Moose Jaw and FASD
  • South Prairie School Division
  • Moose Jaw Literacy Network
  • KidsFirst
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority – Oral Health Program
  • Moose Jaw Public Library

Part of the FRC’s function is to educate families about community organizing (CBO) and the government resources available to them.

The FRC also helps pregnant women, or “prenatal children”.

“We have expecting moms coming to the center,” Peakman said. “Maybe not necessarily for the bike rodeo. … We have a maternal mental health group that operates on Zoom, and we have a Moms for Moms group. … There was just a breastfeeding class held here in partnership with SHA the other weekend.

For more information about FRC or Welcome Week, contact the center by calling 306-691-0202; text to 306-690-1372; or by emailing [email protected]

The FRC Facebook page is also updated frequently: facebook.com/moosejawfrc.

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