Families Matter believes in investing in the staff working in this important sector. We deliver professional development opportunities as well as host other agencies who are delivering programming for the community. If you are interested in using our location to deliver a program, please call Corinna at 403.205.5197.

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GroupWise: The Art & Science of Facilitating Parenting Groups.

Preparing new facilitators in:

  • Creating a positive learning environment
  • The roles and responsibilities of a facilitator
  • The learning needs of parents
  • Experiential and active learning strategies to engage learners
  • Understanding and practicing a learning-centred approach to education
  • Strategies for coping with common facilitation challenges

GroupWise expects participants to Prepare, Practice and Reflect:

  • Prepare for each class by reading assigned materials and answering questions
  • Practice facilitating activities during the sessions
  • Reflect on the their learnings and how to integrate the information into facilitation

GroupWise provides participations with:

  • An encouraging, thought-provoking and supportive learning environment
  • Opportunities to build their confidence.

Delivered Via Zoom Cost: $400.00

October 12 – November 23 9:00 – 12:00

Note: 2-3 hours of homework assignments weekly

To register call 403.205.5178 or go to our professional development on the website.

Learning manual will be provided


October 2022 Session Registration

The Gingerbread Way Program Workshops

Target audience:
Professionals working in the Early Childhood Community (daycare providers, early childhood educators, library staff, special needs assistants)

Eligible child care staff may be able to access Professional Development Funding through Alberta Children’s Services.

Please visit their website for more details: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-child-care-grant-funding-program.aspx

This interactive workshop blends pedagogy and practice for professionals working with young children.  Participants discuss how rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, and storytelling (oral, dramatic, and with props) support areas of child development, including those outlined in Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework.  They also learn new materials and practice presentation techniques to engage young children, up to 5yrs, and their families.  Participants who take Level 1, or who have experience presenting a variety of materials to children, may take Level 2 to further enhance their storytimes.



Parent Child Mother Goose Facilitator Training (In person/Calgary) 2022 Offering completed. Next session will be 2023