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Hello Edmonton Families,
 
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services has decided to end funding for our Family Support programs, including our Unpack N' Play Program. Edmonton FCSS has indicated that funding will be redirected to programs focused on community safety/well-being, targeted needs, and "secondary prevention" programs. 
 
We know the impact that Unpack N' Play has had on the lives of participant families over the last 19 years, and especially during the pandemic when so many of us felt isolated from others. We are so grateful for the many connections that have been made within so many  communities in our city, and the relationships that have flourished. Participation with Unpack N' Play has brought an abundance of joy to our families, as well as to our family support workers and volunteers. We will dearly miss you all.

We will continue to offer parenting workshops and family support services through the end of 2022, as we try to secure funding to maintain some elements of these programs into 2023. Unfortunately, we will no longer be accepting registrations for future sessions of Unpack N' Play.   

~City West

About Our Program

Unpack N' Play is a free, registered, structured program, funded through the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services, which provides parent-child interactive activities for parents and children, such as: circle time, story time, craft time, singing, dancing, play time, one-on-one reading with parents, parachute activities, and more! This program is designed:

  • for parents and children to participate together in each activity,

  • to equip parents with valuable resources,

  • for children and families to learn important skills,

  • to bring families together,

  •  for the whole family to benefit from this program.

The recommended age for this program is from 18 months - 5 years, but younger siblings (0-18mon) are welcome.

We begin each session with collecting information on the specific needs of each group. Parents will receive handouts that will cover topics regarding child development, behaviour management, positive parenting and topics requested by parents in order to help support their family and parenting needs.

 

This interactive program is focused around bringing parents together to learn, support and share with each other. 

 

Learn and play with your child while strengthening the parent-child bond, accessing valuable resources and building relationships with other families.

The last day of each session includes a family friendly field trip/community event somewhere in Edmonton.  

 

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TESTIMONIALS 2021

"Unpack N' Play was a wonderful opportunity for my children and I to be altogether in an excellent program. My family definitely grew closer together as a result of being in the program. My children and I looked forward to attending the class each week.
I have learned so much from being in the program. It has given me more confidence as a mom. I love learning new songs, games, crafts and experiences that I can use right away with my children at home. Unpack N' Play has given me so many more ideas to do with my children. Being in the program has been a great way to connect with other families with young children. I have been able to meet some other moms and my children have been able to socialize and meet other children that are similar ages to them.
My family has learned so much from the program. It has been so valuable to our family. Our family has felt very isolated over the last year because of all the COVID restrictions. Being a part of Unpack N' Play has brought our family closer together during a very difficult time in our world. Having the class each week gave us something to look forward to! I will be forever grateful for being a part of this program during COVID."

"I have felt supported in being able to have a weekly activity to connect and educate my children at an age appropriate level. It is hard sometimes as a parent to know how to source activities that are developmentally appropriate and then take the time to make all of the preparations.
I have also appreciated the parent material we get with our supplies. I often refer to these reference sheets and use them as a starting point to do more research if I am struggling with a behaviour (e.g. sibling rivarly, going to bed)."

"During the pandemic it has been especially difficult for my 3 year old daughter to make and maintain friendships. This program has made her feel like she is a part of something and has given her the opportunity to make friends."

"With all the COVID restrictions over the past year my son has not been able to socialize around other children very much. He is very shy and always wants to stay with me. Being in Unpack N' Play gave him the opportunity to be around other children and learn to listen to a teacher. I loved watching him gain more confidence in being around new people and new situations. Thank you for providing a safe place for him to learn new social skills that will be so valuable for him as he grows."

"We love Unpack and Play. It's been such an amazing program to my children and they have developed so many important skills. It's been good to have this program available during the pandemic so that we can all reach out to each other and have that communication and support with other parents, children and our instructor."