Families Matter

Professional Development

Upcoming Programs

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GroupWise: The Art & Science of Facilitating Parenting Groups

This professional development opportunity is for participants who are currently working with, or wish to work with, parents in educational and group settings. This program will not address specific parenting curriculum. The emphasis is on creating learning environments, roles and responsibilities of parent educators, and plenty of time to practice engagement skills. Come join our encouraging and supportive learning team and expand on your skills.
April 10, 2019 through May 15, 2019
Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost (CAD): $250.00
Families Matter - Trans Canada Centre
#158, 1440 52nd Street N.E.

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The Gingerbread Way - Level 1

Professionals will be introduced to oral rhymes, songs, finger plays, finger puppets, books and oral storytelling, contextualized within the domains of Early Development Instrument (EDI). You will explore ways to adapt the practice of these materials to support specific ages, multicultural groups, skill sets and curricula. Your immersion into the kaleidoscopic world of storytelling will allow you to build confidence in purposefully choosing them for and actively reading them with your audiences.
April 12, 2019
Friday at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost (CAD): $99.00
Families Matter - Trans Canada Centre
#158, 1440 52nd Street N.E.

Class is Full

May 10, 2019
Friday at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost (CAD): $99.00
Families Matter - Trans Canada Centre
#158, 1440 52nd Street N.E.

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The Gingerbread Way - Level 2

Review and deepen your understanding of oral rhymes, songs, finger plays, finger puppets, books and oral storytelling within the domains of Early Development Instrument (EDI). Discuss your experiences, emerging questions and challenges. Broaden your oral storytelling and engagement skills, practice dramatic storytelling, storytelling with props for enactment, and storytelling using felt boards. Plan how to use these new materials in specific early childhood education centres for diverse audiences. The day will cumulate with you planning and presenting a 15-20 minute story time. Continue creating your resource tools box: you will receive a felt board, a felt story and a book to accompany the story.
May 24, 2019
Friday at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost (CAD): $99.00
Families Matter - Trans Canada Centre
#158, 1440 52nd Street N.E.

Class is Full

June 21, 2019
Friday at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost (CAD): $99.00
Families Matter - Trans Canada Centre
#158, 1440 52nd Street N.E.

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What People Are Saying…

“The programs at Families Matter are simply incredible. We've learned so much when it comes to parenting our two little ones.” Danielle Stewart

“The team at Families Matter gave us the help and resources we needed to grow our family.” Tracy Schultz