Family Drop-in Programs
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, our programs are modified and services are served online and via social media. Please check our facebook and our website posts.
Feedback from our online zoom programs”
” South Vancouver Family Place social support chat online via zoom was a great experience today. There was laughter, ideas and awareness to issues happening in our community. You will only experience kindness and support.Of course we physically miss being at SVFP but, this online opportunity is a tiny window back in time when we gathered around the kitchen and waited for the coffee pot to brew while SVFP staff and volunteers greeted you with a warm smile.Missing the smiles?Join one of the SVFP online programs, its it’s free and a fun experience. : ) Thank you to SVFP for this opportunity to connect : ) “[sent by Mandeesh.A.]
Tuesday to Fridays (month of April 2020 until further announcement)
South Vancouver Family Place will run “Zoom” , a conferencing software to provide circle time, parenting groups and workshops.
We are really excited and looking forward to providing a valuable experience for you and your family.
Please see the following tips and guidelines for the best Zoom experience for all participants. [ We are limiting participants to our South Vancouver Family Place/Fraserlands Family Drop-in members and participants]
Install the zoom app on your device. Laptop, smartphones and tablets with cameras all work. For download instructions: https://www.bates.edu/
helpdesk/2020/03/23/how-to- zoom-downloading-and- installing-the-zoom- application-prior-to-your- first-zoom-meeting/
The meetings will open 10:15 minutes before the scheduled start time of 10:30
Please log on early to ensure that you are well set up.
Make sure your speakers are on (or else you won’t hear us).
Choose your preferred view. on the top right hand corner of your screen you can toggle between speaker view (the facilitator is front and center) or gallery view.
When circle time is happening make sure your microphone is on mute, that way the participants are hearing the facilitator, not you. (Microphone mute option is in the bottom left hand corner of your screen and the host will mute you upon entry.)
Have your video camera on. The facilitators at family place would love to see you and this also helps us keep out people who do not have children.
Use reactions to engage with facilitators. We love to see smiling faces, thumbs up, your best dance move and any other encouraging gestures.
Use the chat feature to communicate with the other participants and the host. We love to see your requests.
No screenshots please. Many participants do not want their picture taken.
Note: If you want to participate . contact firstname.lastname@example.org . For Privacy, we will not post the Zoom link.
South Vancouver Family Place operates two family drop -in programs in South Vancouver.
The Drop-in program is a parent-child interactive program for families with children 0-5. It is grounded in the belief that positive parenting practices and health parent/child relationships are fundamental factors of a healthy child development. This program is play-based learning using creative play and child-focused activities.
Check out the blog posts for children’s activities you can do at home: Ann’s Corner.
What to expect at a family drop-in:
- A child friendly environment with a wide variety of activities such as arts and crafts, puzzles, dramatic play, books, games, and outdoor play that support child development .
- Daily circle time with reading and singing.
- Information on community resources and referral
- Parent support and family counselling
What Families say about our programs:
“I am so glad I found you. I wish I had known about you when I had my first child.” (Mom of 2 children)
“I don’t stress out so much about my baby anymore now that I can come here and talk to the other parents and staff about my concerns. It’s a relief to keep hearing that my baby is
“I can ask you guys about anything!”
“Thank you for being open until 2 pm somedays. It is a nice to have a quieter time to bring my child.
“My granddaughter has always loved your morning drop-in program, and really loves that she is in your preschool now.
“I am so glad that you are open until 2pm in the afternoon a couple of days a week, so she can do both.”
“Wow! I never imagined my child could do that! (a mom watching her child cutting the fruit during the morning food group)
South Vancouver Family Place Drop-In Location
South Vancouver Family Drop-in started in 1975. We provide support for families and caregivers with young children and are committed to fostering a healthy and community life.
7710 Nanaimo Street
(Corner of 61st and Nanaimo Street)
Mondays: Office only and registered programs
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 am to 12 noon
Wednesdays and Fridays: 9 am to 2 pm
Fraserlands Drop-In Location
In 2011, Fraserlands Family Drop-in opened at the River District with initial funding from the United Way.
Wesgroup Development presently provides the facilities to operate the very successful drop-in program with funding from the City of Vancouver and Westminster Savings Foundation.
River District Neighbourhood Centre
8683 Kerr Street
Tuesdays , Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9 :30 am to 12:00 noon