Contact the Early Years and Family Programs Coordinator: Iosefina Carmen Para

Our programs and services help give youngsters 0 to 6 years the best possible start in life by making it easy for families to access programs, information, and services that supports their child’s development. Here at Kiwassa, parents and families in our community can connect to early learning, health and family services in one convenient location.

Family Place Drop In Centre


Free, welcoming and multicultural program open to families with children age 0 to 6 years old. This drop-in program includes circle time, lunch, outings and a variety of fun activities. This is also a safe space for parents to connect, learn and feel supported in raising their children.  Check out this month’s calendar of events.

Program Contact:
Iosefina Para  604.254.5401 ext. 252
iosefinap@kiwassa.ca

Free

Drop-in

Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 am 12:00 pm and Saturday from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm (closed on Saturdays in July and closed everyday in August)

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program


A 6 to 8 week education and support program for parents of children under 6. A healthy meal and quality childminding is provided.

Program Contact:
Siobhan Barker 604.254.5401 ext. 251
siobhanb@kiwassa.ca

Free

Registration Required

Check back for upcoming program dates

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Circle of Security


An 8 week education and support program focused on healthy parent/child attachment and relationships. This is a helpful program for parents experiencing loss, trauma and disrupted relationships. This program runs two times per year.

Program Contact:
Iosefina Para  604.254.5401 ext. 252
iosefinap@kiwassa.ca

Free

Registration Required

Check back for upcoming program dates

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Parent Support Circles (Spanish/Español)


Free, welcoming, self-help and peer support group offered to Spanish speaking parents, grandparents and other caregivers. The circle provides participants with a supportive network, promotes self-advocacy, empowers and boosts self-esteem and helps create a healthier living environment for all families.

Program Contact:
Iosefina Para  604.254.5401 ext. 252
iosefinap@kiwassa.ca

Free

Drop-in

Program runs the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (excluding July and August)

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Mother Goose


An 8 week program for parents and caregivers with children under 3 years old. Mother Goose uses rhymes, songs, and stories as the basis for early childhood development and literacy, and healthy caregiver/ child attachment.

Program Contact:
Penny Henry 604.254.5401 ext. 230
pennyh@kiwassa.ca

Free

Drop-in

Check back for upcoming program dates

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Tales for Tots


A 10 week early literacy program that includes story boards, crafts, and songs for parents and caregivers with children under 5 years old.

Program Contact:
Siobhan Barker 604.254.5401 ext. 251
siobhanb@kiwassa.ca

Free

Registration Required

Tuesdays - 10:30 - 11:30 AM April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Community Arts


A 7 week series focused on cultural sharing and celebrating community. Healthy meal and quality childminding provided.

Program Contact:
Siobhan Barker 604.254.5401 ext. 251
siobhanb@kiwassa.ca

Free

Registration Required

Check back for upcoming program dates

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Food Skills for Families


An 8 week program for families that provides practical education on healthy eating, cooking, and shopping on a budget. Healthy meal and quality childminding provided.

Program Contact:
Siobhan Barker 604.254.5401 ext. 251
siobhanb@kiwassa.ca

Free

Registration Required

Check back for upcoming program dates

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

Domestic Violence Prevention Program


This program offers support to both women and men impacted by violence.  The program provides information, advocacy and referral, help with understanding the legal system and the child protection law, various workshops and emotional support.

Program Contact:
Iosefina Para  604.254.5401 ext. 252
iosefinap@kiwassa.ca

Free

Drop-in

Ongoing

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver

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