Early Years Community Programs


“Play Together - Grow Together - Learn Together”

We offer varieties of free programs to enhance and support the healthy development of families with children 0-6 years old. in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Services are offered in the following areas:

  1. Early Literacy and Play-Based Learning
  2. Connection with other families
  3. Family Support
  4. Parent Education and Information

Click here to view our event calendar for all upcoming Early Years Community Programs

Locations:


Programs are offered in one of our family resource centres or outreach in the Tri-Cities community:

Mountain View Family Resource Centre
699 Robinson Street, Coquitlam (Smith and Robinson @ Mountain View Elementary Annex.)
Public Transportation:
#156: Como Lake Ave. at Robinson St.
#157: Cottonwood Ave.at Robinson St.

Clarke Family Resource Centre
2615 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Public Transportation:
#160 or #180: St Johns Street @ Mary Street
#181 or #182: Murray Street @ Hugh Street

Download the SHARE Early Programs Schedule

For all program information and enquiries:


Catherine Ho, Family Support Worker (Early Childhood Development Specialist)
Email: catherine.ho/at/sharesociety.ca  or call 604.345.3156

Arshia Bakhshandeh, Supervisor of Community Programs
Email: arshia.b/at/sharesociety.ca   or call 604.346.8642

SHARE mainline 604.540.9161

For all program registration or to receive program updates:


Email: catherine.ho/at/sharesociety.ca  or call 604.345.3156

Our staff speak:

English, French, فارسی (Farsi), 廣東話 (Cantonese), and 普通话 (Mandarin). We will also use translation apps to communicate in your language.

COVID safety for in-person programs:

  • Mask wearing is optional.
  • Please stay home if you or anyone in your family are unwell, experiencing COVID symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.
  • Please wash your hands with soap prior to and during programming.
  • Staff will continue to sanitize and clean all materials and program space before and after use.
Family Drop-in for children 0-6 years

Our Family Drop-In programs provide a relaxed, safe, and nurturing environment for parents/caregivers and their children to meet and grow. The program offers children age-appropriate toys and activities, arts and crafts, circle time with songs, stories, and rhythmical movement.

Parents/caregivers participate actively in the program: playing with their children, meeting other parents, leading activities as well as giving ideas for programs and parent education workshops. .

Parents/caregivers are also welcomed to discuss their questions, get information and support on parenting with the centre staff (early childhood educator and family support worker) as well as visiting community resource providers.

Clarke Family Drop-in welcomes all families, parents/caregivers who use the Food Bank can have their children temporarily looked after by staff when they pick up their food. Parents/caregivers must remain in the SHARE building.

Location & hours:

Location & hours:


Mountain View Family Drop-in

Mountain View Family Resource Centre
699 Robinson Street, Coquitlam

Drop-In hours
Monday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Clarke Family Drop-in
Clarke Family Resource Centre
2615 Clarke Street, Port Moody

Drop-In hours:
Wednesday: 9:30am – 1:30pm

Registration:
Registration is NOT required.

Love My Baby Drop-In for infants 0-18 months

Location & hours:This program is specifically designed for families with babies. Co-facilitated by SHARE’s Family Support Worker (Early Childhood Development Specialist) and Kinsight’s Infant Development Program Consultant, we aim at creating a relaxed, safe, and nurturing environment for parents/caregivers and their baby to meet and grow. Parents learn to sing songs & nursery rhymes, gain knowledge on supporting their baby’s development and nurture parental well-being, connect to resources and make friends.

Each session has a theme that could include topics for sharing, parent education or visits from community service providers.
Location: Mountain View Park
751 Smith Ave., Coquitlam
Rain and cold: Mountain View Family Resource Centre. 699 Robinson Street, Coquitlam

Drop in Hours:
Fridays, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Dates:
September 16th - December 16th, 2022
No Sessions: September 30th and November 11th, 2022.

How to get more information:

Email Catherine Ho at catherine.ho@sharesociety.ca or call 604.345.3156
Email Maria Pinzon at mpinzon@kinsight.org or call 778.836.4821
Email Lindsey Daudelin at ldaudelin@kinsight.org or call 604.375.9301

Registration:
Registration is not required

Download the Love My Baby Flyer 

Drop-in Circle Time at Park for children 0-6 years old

Enjoy circle time with songs, stories and free play at the park. Children will also get a take-home craft.

Family support worker is available to discuss your questions on parenting, family wellness and connection to community resources.

Location & Hours:


Cottonwood Park

672 Aspen Street, Coquitlam

Thursdays: 10:30 - 11:30am

Evening Fun

Dates and Locations:

September 20th. Cottonwood Park
October 4th - Como Lake Park

Hours:
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Registration:
Registration is NOT required.

Location & hours:
Family Scavenger Hunt for children 0-6 years

Nature is so good for our mental and physical health. The whole family with children aged 0-6 years old come and enjoy discovering nature. Partnered with the Burke Mountain Naturalists (https://www.burkemountainnaturalists.ca), their nature mentors will open our eyes to trees, bugs, slugs, leaves, birds, turtles, bats…in the nature parks in the Tri-Cities. We will also provide scavenger hunt sheets for you and your children to look for those items in the sheet. Both adults and children will enjoy the experience.

Nature Scavenger Hunt was on the Tri-Cities News (August 2022): View Article HERE

Location and Time:


To be announced

Registration:
Pre-registration is required. Please send the following information to
catherine.ho@sharesociety.ca or call 604.345.3156: 

  • Your name and phone number
  • Your children’s name and date of birth
  • Emergency contact: name and phone number
  • City you live in
  • Session dates you want to register.
Location & hours:
Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group

Designed to enhance parents/caregivers’ parenting knowledge and skills, build confidence, and connect with other parents. Topics could include “Mind”, “Emotions & Feelings”, “Behaviour”, “Body”, “Safety” and “Parent”. Each group’s specific content is planned according to the participants’ needs and interests.

Childminding and nutritious snacks are provided. If needed, transit tickets are provided to and from the program location.

Each group runs for 6 weeks, 2 hours each week.

Who qualifies:

Parents/Caregivers of children up to 6 years of age. Priorities are given to families who are isolated, on a limited income, headed by single parents, and/or are parents under the age of 25. Participants are required to commit to attend all the 6 sessions with a minimal of 4.

Location and Time:

Groups are offered twice a year, at SHARE Family Resource Centres, in partnership with Fraser Health.

Current group:

6 Thursdays, September 29 – November 3, 2022.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Address: Mountain View Family Resource Centre. 699 Robinson Street, Coquitlam

Information & Registration
Pre-registration is required. Please contact:
catherine.ho@sharesociety.ca or call 604.345.3156 

Parent & Child Mother Goose Programs for children 0-3 years old

Parents and children learn songs, rhymes, and stories together, enjoy nutritious snacks and connect with other parents. These skills, pleasures and insights are taken home and shared with older children, grandparents, and other parents. The whole family benefits.

Each group runs for 8 weeks, 1.5 hours each week.

Location and Time:

The next Mother Goose program is not scheduled yet. Please check again.

If you are interested in enjoying Mother Goose songs and rhymes with your baby 0-18 months, please check the Love My Baby program.

Information & Registration
Pre-registration is required. Please contact:
catherine.ho@sharesociety.ca or call 604.345.3156 

Support to individual families

Sometimes families need support or information on their unique situations. Sometimes, families need additional help with parenting or overcoming challenges. Whether you have quick questions or prefer in-depth support, our family support worker (early childhood development specialist) will listen and work with you towards your goals.

Areas of support are, but not limited to:

  • Connection to community resources
  • Concerns with child development
  • Parent coaching
  • Parent-child attachment
  • Importance of and how to play with your child
  • Limit-setting and positive discipline strategies
  • Parental wellness
  • Family relationship

Location and Time:

  • In-person – meeting you at your home, at our family resource centres or in the community
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Virtual

We will try to schedule the time that work best for you.

How to get more information and support:

catherine.ho@sharesociety.ca or call 604.345.3156 
arshia.b@sharesociety.ca or call 604.346.8642

Parent education

Parents and grandparents always do the best to raise their children. Our parent education program aims at strengthening parental well-being and fine-tuning parents’ expertise and wisdom on raising their children. Through workshops and small groups, information from trusted sources is shared. Participants are also encouraged to learn from each other by sharing their lived experience.

Location and Time:

To be confirmed

Information & Registration
Pre-registration is required. Please contact:
catherine.ho@sharesociety.ca or call 604.345.3156