What is the Prairie Parent Link Center?
Parent Link Centre (PLC) addresses early childhood development (ECD) in Parents N’ Tots, Play N’ Learn and Dad’s N’ Tots groups. Each group is structured and begin at a set time offering fine and gross motor activities, sensory play, early literacy, numeracy activities and circle time. PLC offers a small free snack and parents are welcome to also bring healthy snacks to share. ECD groups are offered in High Prairie, Grouard, Enilda, Joussard, Faust, Kinuso, McLennan, Girouxville, and Sunset House.
Free-Play sessions are offered three times a week in High Prairie for families who are interested in non-structured play opportunities. Free-Play offers families opportunity to network and interact. Parents are welcome to bring snacks and enjoy our family room.
Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood is the most important phase of child development. Healthy early child development (ECD) includes physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development. ECD influences well-being, healthy growth, mental health, wellness, literacy, numeracy, social competence and self sufficiency. The early years are critical to child development and success in adulthood. Parent Link Centre (PLC) addresses early childhood development (ECD) by offering parent-child learning through play groups such as Parents N’ Tots and Play N’ Learn. Each group offers fine and gross motor activities, sensory play, early literacy and numeracy activities, and socialization. PLC offers a small nutritious snack for the children and parents are welcome to bring healthy snacks to share. PLC also offers "Free-Play" sessions for families who are interested in non-structured play opportunities and family networking. Parents and caregivers are welcome to bring snacks and enjoy our family room during free-play.
Parent & Caregiver Education
Triple P Parenting Program
The Parent Link staff are trained in a variety of Triple P Parenting programs. Most are offered in groups, but Primary Care offers one on one sessions. These programs improve the quality of parent-child relationships and help parents develop effective practical strategies for managing misbehavior. Parent's will improve confidence in dealing with common behaviors and reduce stress and harsh discipline, such as yelling and spanking. Parents become more effective in helping children learn positive behaviors.
Brief 10-15 minute, one on one mini workshop to discuss a common behavioral concern with optional follow-up conversation, focused on one specific behavior change.
General parenting information sessions are available on these topics; The Power of Positive Parenting-Raising Confidant Competent Children-Raising Resilient Children Dealing with disobedience Managing Fighting and Aggression Developing Good Bedtime Routines Hassle-free Shopping with Children.
Triple P Group (certificate program)
A seven week groups designed to boost confidence in parenting which includes four group sessions with active discussion, a work book and video clips followed by two private phone conversations with families to develop behavior plans. The last session is a group to reinforce all of the information learned.
Very similar to triple P group, but with an additional specialized session for families with children with special needs.
A four session parent education program that emphasizes nonviolent discipline, mutual respect and open communication. It provides real strategies for parents and caregivers to improve parenting practices, improve child behavior and development, and build healthier relationships in the home.
~ Supporting parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teachers.
~ Connecting parents and caregivers with programs, tools and resources.
~ Services and programs designed to help parents identify and develop their strengths.
~ Parent and caregiver education sessions based on the needs of PLC families and their communities . Recommend workshops and seminar topics to your PLC.
Toy & Resource Library
Joining the CRC library is as easy as purchasing an annual membership of $10/family. The toy and resource lending library will allow you to keep up with your child’s rapidly changing developmental needs. Libraries are available in High Prairie, Sunset House, Kinuso, McLennan and will be coming soon to Grouard. Libraries have many brand name items, both new and gently used equipment and are well stocked with learning through play items for families with children 0-5 years of age. Parents and older children can now access valuable resources as well. Items and resources are lent for two weeks and families can borrow up to four items per visit. Belonging to the library can save families money and are helpful for grandparents and care providers who only need items for short time periods.
Ages and Stages
Ages and Stages is now a parent’s child development tool. Parent Link Centers now offer written and facilitated ASQ screening and now, “ASQ on line”. ASQ is a regular screening tool that provides a fast and helpful look at how your child is doing in important areas like communication, social skills, motor skills, and problem-solving skills. Screening can identify your child’s strengths, uncover new milestones to celebrate, and reveal any areas where your child may need support. It helps you understand your child’s development and know what to look for next. Parent Link professionals can refer you to health professionals and educators to plan next steps when it makes the most difference in your child’s critical first years of life.