The Early Learning Across Cultures (ELAC) program provides educational and connection-based activities to caregivers and children through virtual and in-person opportunities.

This program incorporates cultural traditions, customs, and celebrations and assists newcomer families with resources for their families.


Our free programming supports any families with a child between 3-5 years of age.

Kindergarten Readiness Program: One child must be 3-5 years of age plus family members

Online Parent Education Sessions: Any parents/caregivers wanting to learn about local resources and parenting strategies.

Parent and Child Together Programming: Any child under 5 years of age.


Kindergarten Readiness Program: An interactive program for caregivers to engage with their child in twice weekly sessions to learn and connect through play, storytelling, art, and exploration of culture.  These facilitated sessions provide opportunities for creating community and working on children’s educational and social skills in a fun and nurturing environment.

Online Parent Education Sessions: Parents can expect to share experiences and connect with peers about specific parenting topics led by a skilled facilitator.  Topics range from positive discipline, understanding impacts of stress in children, money management, local resources to access, and much more.

Parent and Child Together Programming: Child-centred programming that Families Matter is known for. Engaging, fun and impactful sessions with culture used as the backbone for learning experiences.


Kindergarten Readiness Program: Registration and Enrolment runs in two cycles throughout the year and our Intake Team will contact you to complete enrollment. Click here for more information.

Online Parent Education Sessions: Registration on our website is required. Please click here to view current offerings.

Parent and Child Together Programming: Register for our Early Learning Across Cultures-focused sessions of M is for Milestones: Ages & Stages Questionnaire Screening Appointments. New dates have recently been added for the ELAC program.

If you require support registering for a program, contact our Intake Team by calling 403.205.5194 (NE) or 403.205.5180 (SE) or by email.

Families participated in 2023

All our supports are available year-round. It is never too late, or too early to ask for help.

Once the intake is complete, triage occurs every week where the services that are best suited to your needs will be assessed and you will be contacted when the program is available.