Early Childhood Development Program
Early Childhood Development Program supports families with free temporary childcare for newborns to children five years of age. This is an accredited centre allowing children to play and learn in a safe, supportive, educational environment, giving parents time to access other services, interview for a job or attend appointments.
Families may access childcare one day per week or on a more frequent, temporary basis if a parent has demonstrated participation in a training program, active job search or other need.
Family Support Services
Family Support Services provide information and resources to families working to raise healthy, happy children. Many families Bissell Centre serves are coping with issues associated with poverty, isolation and lack of extended family or other supports. Contact with Family Support workers gives parents an opportunity to talk and work through issues.
The program offers parenting classes, Health-for-Two (pre-natal care), collective kitchen opportunities, women’s lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, advocacy services and referral information to enhance resiliency and social supports in families and community.
Family Support Services staff delivering these services work closely with Early Childhood Development Program staff to support families. Often families are able to receive diapers, formula, and baby layettes when they are in financial crisis or distress.
An Intake Resource Worker is available daily to meet with community members who have immediate needs such as obtaining medical care, clothing and houseware vouchers, social assistance, and advocacy. On-site Alberta Works (SFI) and AADAC workers are also available.