National Family Week

City of Vancouver proclaims October 5-11 Family Place Week

Help us celebrate National Family Week by recognizing Vancouver Family Places who make a difference to children and families in neighborhoods across our city. The Family Place Partnership (FPP) encompasses Eastside Family Place, Marpole  Oakridge Family Place, Mount Pleasant Family Place, and West Side Family Place. Family Place was started back in the 70s – years later we still aim to be a comfortable and welcoming place, not only for children, but also for parents and caregivers. Vancouver Family Places offer a space for you to chat with other parents, learn, attend programs or just relax for a while knowing you child is in a space and friendly place. Be sure to give us a shout out on your social media #FamilyPlaceWeek

This week the October 5 – 11, 2020 has been declared by the City of Vancouver as Family Place Week. The Family Place Partnership and Eastside Family Place are honoured to receive this recognition. Although we are unable to come together to mark the occasion, we hope you will follow us on social media as we celebrate Family Place week. We will be sharing some amazing highlights of our programs and our impact on families in our community. 

The Five Family Places in this partnership are registered not-for-profit organizations, providing accessible daily drop-in playrooms and parenting programs in welcoming and supportive environments. East Side Family Place, Marpole Oakridge Family Place, Mount Pleasant Family Centre, South Vancouver Family Place and West Side Family Place represent five distinct and diverse communities throughout the City of Vancouver. Family Places make a difference in the lives of families with young children by providing opportunities to come together to learn, share, network and support each other. 

Even though the demographics of our local communities have changed, the issues and challenges remain: new parents adjusting, expectations on parenthood, how to cope with sleepless nights, crying babies, challenging toddler behaviour, and so on. The Play and Learn Family Drop-In is where parents and caregivers come together to share the experiences of parenthood while their children learn through play.

Thank you to Mayor Kennedy Stewart and to Council for supporting the Five Family Places and for your commitment to strengthening community-based organizations. We look forward to working with you and connecting more in the future to support the healthy development of children through family-centred programming.