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KARA Family Resource Centre provides a wide variety of programming, services and supports designed to create positive outcomes for children and their families in the Edmonton area. As a Parent Link Centre, we also provide programming, groups, and events that are available across multiple locations.

Drop-In Programs


Creative Play & More

Description: This is a weekly drop-in playgroup for young children and their parents/caregivers. The focus is on supporting young children’s learning through their play. Each week will include some sensory play activities that encourage children to use their five senses and movement to explore and discover. These “hands on” activities will help children develop their understanding of math, science, and language concepts in ways that are fun and developmentally appropriate. This playgroup welcomes children with special needs.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Date: Every Thurs from Sep 14 to Dec 14

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided


Drop-In Fun

Description: This group is an opportunity for families of young children (0 – 6 years), to come together to learn, interact, and connect with other families in the community. We will explore topics and share relevant resources according to families’ specific needs and interests. There will be fun crafts, songs, music, stories and other special activities each week.

Location: Dunluce Tenant Centre

Date: Every Thurs from Sep 14 to Dec 14

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided.


Grow With Me

Description: This is a program for parents, caregivers and babies under 12 months. This weekly drop in program helps parents interact with their babies in ways that promote bonding, communication and development of their body and brain. The session will include parent baby play activities, parent discussion of topics and resources, and a time to connect with other parents.

Location: KARA-Too

Date: Every Wed from Sep 13 to Dec 13

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided.


Kids Night Out

Description: This is a parent-child interaction based program that is designed to offer a fun, energetic getaway from everyday routines for families. It promotes the healthy development of your child while spending quality time together as a family. Join us for an evening of fun and family time. Older siblings are welcome.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Date: Every Wed Sep 13 to Dec 13

Time: 6 to 8pm

Please Note: Light Supper Included (Soup & A Bun)


Me & My Buddy

Description: This program is for all Dads, Step-Dads, Granddads, Uncles, or other significant males. No Moms allowed!!

Have you got a little buddy between 0-6 years in your life? Come and enjoy a Satuday morning of songs, circle time and free play with us! Light lunch will be provided

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Date(s): Every last Saturday of the month (Sep 30, Oct 28, Nov 25)

Time: 10am to Noon

Please Note: For male caregivers, children (0 to 6 years), and older siblings


Playtime Drop-In

Description: There will be a variety of activity centers set up for kids to explore. Parents can watch their child(ren) play or join in the activity while visiting each other. The morning will end with a circle time of songs and stories

Location: KARA-Too

Date: Every Tues from Sep 12 to Dec 12

Time: 9:30 to 11am

Please Note: A snack will be provided.


Sharing Circle

Description: The Sharing Circle is open to all caregivers that want to connect with Indigenous Culture and share their stories. The circles are specifically designed for families who want cultural exposure.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Date(s): Mondays, Sep 11 & 25, Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27 and Dec 11

Time: 6 to 8pm

Please Note: A light supper of soup or stew and bannock will be provided. Children's program provided (0 - 6 years), and older siblings, please call to reserve your spot.

Registered Programs


Triple P - Positive Parenting Programs

Triple P Group

Description: Join this group of parents with children (3 to 12 years) who want to learn more about positive ways to raise children. Parents learn ways to encourage positive behaviour and problem solve solutions to deal with children’s misbehaviour. Participants meet as a group for 9 weeks ending with a celebration.

Please Note: Participants are expected to complete "homework" tasks that give them a chance to practice what they are learining.

Location: Beverly Daycare

Date: Thu Sep 21 to Nov 16

Time: 6 - 8pm

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.

Please Note: Parent program with childcare provided (3 to 12 years), please call Seta at 780-477-1151) to arrange for childcare.


Triple P Seminars

Description: Parenting is not an easy job! This information session offers you suggestions and ideas to make parenting just a bit easier! There will be a brief question period following the presentation. Come to one or all three seminars:

Location: KARA-Too

Upcoming Sessions: Thu, from 6 to 8pm

  • Nov 23: The Power of Positive Parenting
  • Nov 30: Raising Confident, Competent Children
  • Dec 7: Raising Resilient Children

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.

Childcare: Please call Seta at 780-477-1151 to arrange for childcare (3 to 12 years).


Triple P One on One

Description: Certified facilitators meet one on one with parents who would like help dealing with a specific concern they may have about their child’s behaviour. During these meetings, the facilitator takes the parents through the steps needed to create their very own parenting plan. (There are usually 3 to 4 meetings).

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.


Triple P Discussion Group

Description: Triple P Discussion Groups are for parents with specific concerns about their child’s behaviour (3 to 12 years). Each Group is a two hour session. Parents will gain greater confidence in using a number of strategies for these common parenting problems. Come to one or all four sessions:

This program will not be offered this Fall.

  • Dealing with Disobedience
  • Managing Fighting and Aggression
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
  • Hassle Free Shopping

Nobody's Perfect

Description: This 7 week parenting group discusses the basics of parenting a young child (0 to 3 years). This group is great for first time parents! Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 3 years)

Topics include:

  • Looking after yourself as a parent,
  • Keeping children safe and healthy,
  • Helping children to learn and develop, and
  • Encouraging positive behaviour

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Date: Wed Sep 13 to Oct 25

Time: 1 to 3pm

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.


Literacy & Parenting Skills (LAPS)

Description: This 12 week program is for parents of young children who want to develop their language and literacy skills while discussing parenting topics. These topics may include child growth and development, building self-esteem, listening skills, positive discipline, dealing with conflict and problem solving. LAPS supports parents in becoming positive literacy role models for their children by enhancing their own skills and interest in reading and writing. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 12 years).

Location: KARA-Too

Date: Sep 28 to Dec 14

Time: 12:30 to 3:30pm

Please Note: Light lunch of soup and bun provided.


Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.


Traditional Parenting for Indigenous Families

Description: This 9 week cultural program focuses on parenting and literacy skills, along with Indigenous Culture and Teachings. The first week begins with a feast and ceremony. Each session afterwards starts with a light meal, smudge and prayer. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years).

Topics include:

  • Early Literacy,
  • Building Self-Esteem,
  • Listening,
  • Communication, and
  • Discipline
  • This program explores values, traditions and the history of Indigenous People as well.

Location: KARA-Too

Date: Sep 28 to Dec 14

Time: 12:30 to 3:30pm

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.


Parents Night Out Workshops

Description: These weekly workshops offer strategies and tips for everyday parenting! Come to just one or all 10. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years).

  • Sep 26: Dealing With Disobedience (Triple P)
  • Oct 3: New To Canada
  • Oct 10: Emotional Coaching
  • Oct 17: Managing Fighting & Aggression (Triple P)
  • Oct 24: Keeping Your Child Safe
  • Nov 7: Enhancing Self-Esteem
  • Nov 14: Developing Good Bedtime Routines (Triple P)
  • Nov 21: Knowing Toddler Behaviours
  • Nov 28: Coping With Stress
  • Dec 5: Hassle Free Shopping (Triple P)

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.

Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Time: 6 to 8pm


Introduction to Anger

Description: This 7 week informational and educational course is not intended to take place of counseling but rather to educate you about what anger is.  It encompasses group discussions, group sharing, knowledge and skills.

The topics we cover are:

  • what anger is,
  • anger triggers & thoughts,
  • primary feelings & physical responses,
  • reactions,
  • past anger and letting go.

Knowing what your triggers are, why you react the way you do and how to use alternatives will help you to better understand yourself and your anger.


Location: KARA Family Resource Centre

Date: Wed Nov 1 to Dec 13

Time: 1 to 3pm


Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.

Please Note: Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years).


Books for Babies

Description: During this 4 week program, parents will learn about what, when and why we read to babies. This program involves exploring books, having fun playing together, and connecting with other parents. Each family receives free books, a book bag, and helpful information to take home. For parents and babies (0 to 12 months

Location: North Edmonton Christian Fellowship Church

Date: Tue Oct 10 to Oct 31

Time: 1 to 2pm


Location: KARA-Too

Date: Wed Nov 8 to Nov 29

Time: 10 - 11am

Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.


How To Talk So Kids Will Listen

Description: Do you want to get your child(ren) to cooperate? Come learn and practice some great communication and discipline techniques. These skills can help you guide your child’s behaviour in ways that leave both you and your child feeling good, as well as, build your child’s independence and self-esteem. This program is perfect for parents with children 3 years and up.

Location: Beverly Daycare

Date: Tue Nov 7 to Dec 12

Time: 6 to 8pm


Registration Required: Call Lincoln at 587-525-7280 to register.

Please Note: Parent program with childcare provided (3 to 12 years), please call Seta at 780-477-1151) to arrange for childcare.


Rhymes That Bind

Description: This is a 10 week program for parents and young children to interact using rhymes, songs, and simple movement games. Participants will learn rhymes to help with daily routines and ways to support their child’s language development. For parents and children (0 to 6 years)

This program will not be offered this Fall.


Caring Families

Description: Parenting is rewarding but challenging. Caring Families is a family development program designed to assist families in building on the strengths they already have as well as learning new skills. This is a parent/child interaction program so parents must attend with their child(ren) (0 to 6 years). Parents spend part of the day bonding with their child while participating together in a variety of early learning activities. Parents then participate in a group while staff care for their children. There will be time for one on one meetings with staff to discuss any parenting concerns, borrow various resources, and visit with other parents.

This program will not be offered this Fall.


Positive Discipline

Description: During this 9 week program parents and caregivers of young children will learn how to provide structure and guidance for their children within a warm and caring relationship. The Positive Discipline program can also support positive changes where there may be relationship and behaviour challenges. Parents will learn how to:

  • Set goals,
  • Create a positive home climate
  • Understand how children think and feel, and
  • Problem solve what to do in challenging situations.

This program will not be offered this Fall.


Parenting in Two Cultures

Description: This 11 week program is for parents who are new to Canada. Participants with limited English are welcome. Parents and children attend together. This group includes time for parent-child activities. Parents also spend time discussing what it is like to raise children in the countries that they have come from and in Canada. The facilitator shares information about the positive parenting strategies that are used in Canada with participants. Parents also support each other as they seek to find a way to parent in Canada without losing the traditions and culture that they value. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 12 years)

This program will not be offered this Fall.

Family Support Services


Collective Kitchen

Description: This is a 6 week cooking class where participants will learn the math behind cooking and how to budget their meal planning. The first session will focus on orientation and menu planning. The next five sessions will focus on cooking in a group setting while learning how to prepare nutritious meals. Parent program with a children's program provided (0 to 6 years)

Please Note: There is a food cost of $10 per family for this program

Location: TBA

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

For information and dates call Connie at 587-525-7432.


Basic Shelf Program

Description: The Basic Shelf program is a series of 10 weekly workshops where a group of 8-10 people are taught how to cook and shop for food on a limited budget. Participants come to each session and as a group prepare one recipe from the Basic Shelf Cookbook - utilizing ingredients from the Basic Shelf. This recipe is then shared amongst the group participants which teaches the participants not only how to prepare the food but also how to follow a recipe, safe storage of food, cleanliness in the kitchen and food safety tips. Participants are also advised of the necessity to make note of the ingredients they have used and the need to restock that item at their next shopping trip. This step is imperative to ensure that the Basic Shelf is sustainable once the program is completed.

Participants of the Basic Shelf program offered by KARA Family Resource Centre will receive the following:

  • A Basic Shelf food hamper
  • A Basic Shelf Cookbook
  • Childcare will be provided during each group session
  • Ongoing support and guidance from staff members trained in the delivery of the Basic Shelf program

This program will not be offered this Fall.


ASQ Ages & Stages Questionnaires

Developmental Questionnaire:

Description: An ASQ is a parent completed questionnaire that screens 5 key categories - communication, problem solving, fine motor, gross motor, and social. As follow up, staff provide tips and activities to try at home or refer participants to services and programs that will be helpful.

For More Info: Call Eri at 587-525-7278 for more info or to make an appointment.


Social Emotional Questionnaire:

Description: The Social Emotional ASQ is a parent completed questionnaire that asks simple questions about a child’s behaviour and social interactions. It is another tool to help parents better understand their child.

For More Info: Call Eri at 587-525-7278 for more info or to make an appointment.

Please Note: ASQs are designed to screen children 2 months to 5 years.


Connecting Parents Program

Description: This program is for families who live north of 153rd Avenue, east of 142nd Street and west of Manning Freeway.

The goal of Connecting Parents is to connect parents to:

  • One another
  • Resources in their community
  • Service providers, businesses and others who work with families
  • other programs offered by KARA

To find out what is offered in your neighbourhood OR to make a suggestion on what is needed in your community, please call 780-478-5396.


Health For Two

Description: This program for expectant mothers offers prenatal information, nutritional supplements (such as milk coupons and prenatal vitamins), and support during your pregnancy plus two months following the birth of your baby.

Call Eri at 587-525-7278 to make an appointment.