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New services and supports for Parkland families

A new Parent Link Centre in Spruce Grove, together with a school and a child care program, will support child development and prepare children for bright futures.

New services and supports for Parkland families

Minster Larivee with Adalyn making hand prints at the Spruce Grove Parent Link Centre opening

Beaverbrook Wellness Centre includes the newly-opened Spruce Grove Parent Link Centre, in addition to a YMCA child-care program and the Prescott Learning Centre, in a single location. Bringing these services and programs together, in a place where families come together, is helping to build a stronger, more connected community.

“Every family does better surrounded by strong, supportive communities, and that’s exactly what we hope for from our Parent Link Centres. I’m thrilled to see that families in Spruce Grove will have access to these free, community-based supports, like drop-in play time and parenting classes. Our continued support for Parent Link Centres, like this one, show our government’s commitment to making life better for families in communities right across Alberta.”

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services

The inclusion of a Parent Link Centre in this location is an important part of a collaborative approach to early childhood program delivery. Funded by the Government of Alberta and operated by the Alberta Parenting for the Future Association, the Parent Link Centre will support the increasing needs of a growing population.

The Parent Link Centre’s support is open to any parent or caregiver of children up to six years old, and includes free parenting and early childhood development programs, such as:

  • Early Childhood Development: programs where parents and children can play and interact
  • Parent Education: offers the evidence-based Triple P- Positive Parenting Program
  • Family Support: social, educational and recreational programs and activities that promote family strength and resiliency, including opportunities for parents to meet each other and build networks of support
  • Developmental screening: resources where parents can access an Ages and Stages questionnaire to learn more about their child’s development and get necessary support
  • Information and referrals: parents can access information or get referrals to other programs or resources to support needs identified by the family

The Beaverbrook Wellness Centre was developed in partnership with the Government of Alberta, Parkland School Division, the City of Spruce Grove and Beaverbrook communities.

“I’ve seen first-hand the work at this centre and it makes me extremely proud that we have this first class resource in our community. Building a healthy, happy community is a collective responsibility and by working together we will be making a positive impact in the lives of many of our residents.”

Stuart Houston, mayor of Spruce Grove

"We couldn’t be more proud to see the Beaverbrook Wellness Centre come to life. It makes our job of achieving student success and well-being a little easier. We have enjoyed establishing the relationships that aim at fostering wellness. This centre will provide families easier and timely access to a range or wraparound supports which is a win for everyone."

Tim Monds, superintendent of schools, Parkland County

“Beaverbrook is thrilled to play a role in enhancing the lives of Spruce Grove residents. If we can impact the lives of just one family living in our community by offering access child care and support services within walking distance of their homes and school, we have done our part as community builders.”

George Catalini, chief executive officer, Beaverbrook Group of Companies

Quick facts

  • The Government of Alberta will invest $350,000 annually to support the Spruce Grove Parent Link Centre.
  • Spruce Grove has been identified as one of the fastest-growing suburban communities in Canada.
  • In 2016-17, Alberta Parenting for the Future served more than 7,000 parents and children across Parkland County, which included families from Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Parkland County. The Parent Link Centre service area has one of the highest participant rates for attendance across the province.

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