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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.

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 a 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.

The two spring 2022 classes are now full. Watch our website for Fall 2022 offerings.

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:

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)

The Parent Child Mother Goose program is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children. It introduces the family to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, song, and stories together. The program encourages healthy attachment, early literacy introduction, and building relationships with other families of young children.

Singing has been shown to generate a sense of positive mood, happiness, and enjoyment. Such positive feelings also counteract feelings of stress or anxiety and help to distract people from internal negative thoughts and feelings. Singing also bonds a child to the parents voice and singing for daily transitions and activities helps a child feel safe and predictable. Through singing, baby’s language comprehension begins.

Parents gain confidence and skills which enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years.  Children benefit from enjoyable, healthy, early experiences with language and communication.

Families Matter will be offering the two day program over two consecutive Saturdays, June 11/18, 2022 at our Horizon Centre in Calgary.

Parent Child Mother Goose Facilitator Training 

Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting Facilitator Training Program

Dates and Times: New Dates To Be Announced in 2022

• 4 days training
• Facilitator Manual, Parent Book, Handouts
• Follow-up Mentorship Support

Who should attend?
• Early childhood educators, parent support staff, public health nurses, family home visitors, community development workers, child and family support workers, and other professionals.
• Anyone who supports parents, children, and/or families.
• Anyone interested in facilitating positive discipline parent groups through their workplace.