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Community Programs for Families with Young Children

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1. Early Years Family Resource Centres

Early Years Family Resource Centres provide a single location where families with young children can access reliable information, programs and services to support their children's development and family wellness.

Benefits

Some of the specific information and resources provided by Early Years Family Resource Centres include:

  • Early learning opportunities for your child through play-based activity, family groups, art, music, movement or other preschool programming.
  • Parent education through formal and informal learning opportunities, drop-in programs and seminars.
  • Family wellness and support initiatives to assist your family to identify and build skills that support child development and overall family health and wellness.
  • Information and referrals to link your family to the best possible service to enable you to support your child's development and links to other places in your community that may be able to help meet your family's needs.

Eligibility

Anyone with children under the age of six years may access an Early Years Family Resource Centre.

Locations

City/Town Online Phone Number
Battlefords Battlefords Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-446-3416
Meadow Lake
& District
Meadow Lake & District Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-236-8316
Moose Jaw Moose Jaw Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-691-0202
Nipawin Nipawin Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-862-7290
nisto ihtāwina
(La Ronge)
nisto ihtāwina Early Years Family Resource Centre (La Ronge) 306-425-2229
Prince Albert Prince Albert Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-763-0771
Regina Regina Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-535-5993
Sandy Bay Breaking Trails Early Years Family Resource Centre (Sandy Bay) 306-754-1001
Saskatoon Saskatoon Early Years Family Resource Centre 639-318-8573
Yorkton Yorkton Early Years Family Resource Centre 306-782-8171
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2. Early Childhood Intervention Program

The Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) provides home-based specialized services and support to families with children who are experiencing developmental delay or disability or are at risk of experiencing development delays. Examples of these services include:

  • child assessment;
  • developmental strategies;
  • information;
  • case coordination;
  • transition support; and
  • referrals.

Benefits

This program helps to improve your child's development by measuring your child's abilities and providing appropriate activities you can do at home. As a parent, the program will help you understand the delay or disability and the impact on your family. As a parent or caregiver, the program provides connection to other services to support the parent as the child transitions into school or a centre-based programming.

Eligibility

Children experiencing developmental delays or disabilities and children who may be at risk of experiencing developmental delays are eligible for ECIP services.

These delays may be:

  • cognitive, such as challenges problem-solving or reasoning;
  • physical, such as challenges walking or using utensils;
  • social, such as challenges interacting with others;
  • emotional, such as challenges coping with negative emotions; or
  • communicative, such as challenges talking or understanding speech.

Children do not require a diagnosis to begin home-visiting services through ECIP. ECIP work is most successful when delays are addressed at an early stage. Participation can begin at birth, or as soon as the family notices a delay in development. Involvement in the program is voluntary. Parents may refer themselves to their local ECIP or be referred by others in the family's care-circle, such as health care professionals or educators, with parental consent.

Contacting ECIPs Near You

ECIP is delivered in 14 regions across Saskatchewan, by 12 community-based organizations and two school divisions.

City/Town Region/Division Phone Number
Kindersley West Central 306-463-6822
La Ronge Children North 306-425-6600
Lloydminster Midwest 306-825-5911
Meadow Lake Surrounding area, including Ile-a-la-Crosse 306-236-4247
Moose Jaw South Central 306-692-2616
North Battleford Battlefords 306-446-4545
Prince Albert Surrounding area 306-922-3274
Regina Surrounding area 306-347-5020
Saskatoon Surrounding area 306-657-3247
Swift Current Surrounding district 306-773-3600
Tisdale Northeast 306-873-3411
Weyburn South East Cornerstone School Division 306-848-4722
Weyburn Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School 306-634-8223
Yorkton Parkland 306-786-6988
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3. KidsFirst Targeted

KidsFirst is a voluntary program that helps families in vulnerable situations to become the best parents they can be and to have the healthiest children possible. The program enhances parenting knowledge, provides support and builds on family strengths.

Benefits

KidsFirst families receive:

  • home visits from KidsFirst staff who provide support regarding child development, parenting and connecting to the community;
  • mental health and addiction treatment services with programming to address the unique needs of each family;
  • connections for families to Prekindergarten, early learning and child care opportunities in order to maximize early childhood development; and
  • connections to a range of community supports that will assist eligible parents in dealing with issues that affect them.

Services include:

  • prenatal referral and support;
  • in-depth family assessment;
  • home-visiting services;
  • mental health and addiction services;
  • early learning opportunities; and
  • family support.

Eligibility

Parents and their children (three years of age and under) who live off-reserve who are living in vulnerable circumstances are eligible to be assessed for KidsFirst.

Locations

City/Region Phone Number
Battlefords 306-937-6855
Meadow Lake 306-236-6441
Moose Jaw 306-691-1580
Nipawin 306-862-6222
Buffalo Narrows 306-235-5437
La Ronge 306-425-8033
Prince Albert 306-765-6656
Regina 306-766-6790
Saskatoon 306-655-3301
Yorkton 306-783-0383
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4. KidsFirst Regional

Regional KidsFirst provides group opportunities, events and tools to families in smaller urban and rural communities across the province where early learning opportunities may be limited. Programming is focused on making early learning opportunities more accessible and growing parent knowledge and skills.

Benefits

  • Regional KidsFirst programming includes early childhood development fairs, early learning preschool groups, literacy events like story walks, welcome baby events and information sessions on car seats or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention information.
  • The program also offers public awareness material on topics such as managing screen time.

Eligibility

Parents and their children age 0-5 living in small and rural communities.

More information on KidsFirst Regional programming can be found by visiting the following social media pages or contacting the KidsFirst Community Developers.

Locations

Service Area Phone Number Online
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Southeast
306‑848‑4712 Regional KidsFirst Service Area Southeast

Regional KidsFirst Service Area,

Moose Jaw/Assiniboia

306-630-6166
(Moose Jaw site)

306-640-8028
(Assiniboia site)

Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Moose Jaw site (Posts in partnership with the Moose Jaw-South Central Region Early Childhood Coalition)

Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Assiniboia site (Posts in partnership with Assiniboia Family Resource Centre)

Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Regina
306-697-4020 Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Regina
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Yorkton
306-621-7604 Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Yorkton
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Saskatoon
306-655-3253 Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Saskatoon
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Southwest
306-662-2470 Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Southwest
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Kindersley
306-463-1000
ext. 2564
Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Kindersley (Posts in partnership with the West Central Play Mobile Group)
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Tisdale
306-873-8289 Regional Kids First Service Area, Tisdale (Posts in partnership with the 0-3 Early Childhood Taskforce)
Regional KidsFirst Service Area,
Prince Albert
306-922-3247 Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Prince Albert
Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Lloydminster/Meadow Lake/
North Battleford

306-825-5911 (Lloydminster site)

Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Lloydminster site (Posts in partnership with delivery agency, Midwest Family Connections) 

306‑236‑4247  (Meadow Lake site)

Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Meadow Lake site (Posts in partnership with delivery agency Meadow Lake Early Childhood Services)

306-446-4545 (North Battleford site)

Regional KidsFirst Service Area, Battlefords site (Posts under delivery agency Battlefords Early Childhood Intervention Program)

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5. Online Listing of Community Services

211 Saskatchewan provides a listing of thousands of community and social services available across the province. It includes information on programs by community groups, non-profit agencies and government ministries. You can access the services by searching the easy-to-use online database.

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