Next Coaltion Meeting Thursday September 25th

Our next familiesforward coalition meeting will be Thursday September 25th at 12:30pm at Bethel Mennonite Church 465 Stafford St.  If you would like to get involved please contact Shannon at 204.791.0956 or

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Fall 2014 Program Calendar

Click on the link below for a printable calendar of the FREE Drop-in Parent-Child Programs in Fort Rouge and River Heights!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free Drop in Programs

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Community Progam Grants Due October 10, 2014

familiesforward financially support projects that strengthen our guiding principles:  learning and literacy; nutrition and physical health; positive parenting; and community capacity building.  We are currently accepting Applications for Funding for Fall 2014/winter 2015 projects.  If your organization has a project in mind, we encourage you to apply now.   The deadline for applications is October 10, 2014.  click on the links below for the guidelines and application form.  Contact Shannon with questions 204.791.0956 or


Community Program Grant Fall 2014 


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Kids@Play is getting ready for Fall

We are working hard and getting ready and can not wait to see you again. Please join Amanda at Kids@Play! The fun begins September 16th, 2014  Kids@Play Fall 2014

Tuesdays @ Bethel Mennonite Church

Wednesdays @ Lord Roberts Community Club

Thursdays @ Mayfair Recreation Centre

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2014 Fall/Winter Grant Applications

The 2014/2015 Fall/Winter Grant Applications for community programs will be posted in early September and will be due mid October.

Please watch the website and our Facebook page for more details


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FREE training opportunity! familiesforward is hosting a FREE 2-day Family Learning FUNdamentals Bookmates training session. September 15 and 19 10:00am-4:00pm. For details or to register please email Shannon at

Bookmates Family Learning FUNdamentals

Your introduction to family literacy and learning begins with Bookmates Family Learning FUNdamentals. This training provides a foundation in the principles, strategies, and research needed to run quality family programs. Fun, hands-on activities teach the key components of a family learning program. This is the recommended pre-requisite for all of our Bookmates facilitator certification trainings.

Ideal for: People working with families in child care facilities, home visits, family resource centres, schools and other organizations that support families.

Participants will:
• Receive a reference manual for use when running parent-child programs
• Learn about clear language strategies
• Learn how to run an effective children’s and parent’s program
• Participate in a rhyme circle
• Learn strategies for book sharing
• Make samples of books and other literacy activities
• Share strategies for facilitating programs in the community


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2014 Multicultural Festival

Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the 3rd annual Multicultural Festival

Wednesday August 20th, 2014


Bethel Mennonite Church 465 Stafford St.

2014 Multicultural Festival Poster

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Summer Fun at Kids@Play

We are taking a short break but Kids@play will be a great place to escape the bugs and heat this summer! Please join Amanda for fun, songs and rhymes and free snack!

Tuesdays July 8,15, 22, 29 at Bethel Mennonite Church 9:30-11:30 (465 Stafford St)

Wednesdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 at  Lord Roberts Community Centre 9:30-11:30 (725 Kylemore Ave.)

Thursdays  July 10, 17, 24, 31 at Carpathia School 9:30-11:00 (300 Carpathia Rd)



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Next Board Meeting

The next familiesforward board meeting is set for noon on Thursday June 12th at Bethel Mennonite Church.  All are welcome to attend.

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Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter

Kid-friendly veggie platter, rainy day fun and spray pads can all be found in our new newsletter! Check it our now!

Spring Summer 2014

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