SIGN ME UP: Parents, check out these opportunities

Moms and dads, here are listings from the Parents, Kids section of The Tri-City News’ Community Calendar:

• Family resource centre at Minnekhada middle school, PoCo, offers multi-sensory and math tutoring for students age 5 and older; mentoring programs for girls and boys available for older children/young teens. Info: or

• Parents, grandparents, and caregivers who want to connect with others who are raising children can join a parent support circle. Parent Support Services of BC runs a Thursday evening circle 6-8 p.m. in Coquitlam. Info: 604-669-1616 or

• Breastfeeding or pregnant and wanting to learn more? La Leche League Coquitlam groups offer informal, guided discussions and a chance to connect with other nursing mothers. Women interested in breastfeeding and their children are invited to free monthly LLL meetings. Info: 604-520-4623 or

• Share Family and Community Services hosts free parent and tot drop–in, 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at Seaview community school, 1215 Cecile Dr., PoMo. This is a free play–based program for children up to five years old and their parents/caregivers. Info: Azar, 604–936-3900.

• Parent and Tot Drop-in: open to parents with children from birth to 5 years old; offers safe and nurturing environment; children learn songs, stories and eat healthy snacks together; parents are full participants; free; open 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Mountain View elementary school, Coquitlam, and 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Seaview elementary, PoMo. Info: Arshia, 604-937-6971.

• Tri-City Family Place, a drop in centre for children up to five with their caregivers, is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (September to June), 2062 Manning Ave., PoCo. Info: 604-942-4672.

• Share Family and Community Services parent support circle runs Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., Mountain View elementary school, 740 Smith Ave., Coquitlam. Open to all parents, grandparents and/or caregivers. Participation is free and childminding and snacks are available. Info: 604-937-6970.

• Parents and tots gather to play and learn in a Jewish-themed environment, Burquest Jewish Community Centre, 2680 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Coquitlam. Info: 604-552-7221 or

• Step By Step Child Development Society Family Resource Rooms open for drop-in at the following locations: Old Orchard Hall in Ioco Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m., Harbour View elementary school Monday and Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m. and at the Blue Mountain Park Scouts’ Hall on Wed from 10-11:30. Call 604-931-1977 for more information or visit the website at

• Millside Family Resource Centre is open Fridays, 9-11 a.m. for parents and caregivers with kids up to 6 years; staff co-ordinate play, circle time and crafts. Millside elementary is at 1432 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam. Info: Arshia, 604-540-9161.

• Mountain View Family Resource Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11:30 a.m. for parents and caregivers with kids up to 6 years; staff co-ordinate play, circle time and crafts. Mountain View elementary is at 740 Smith Ave., Coquitlam. Info: Arshia, 604-540-9161.

• Drop-in for parents/caregivers and children 5 and younger, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Birchland School Family Place, 1331 Fraser St., PoCo. Info: Westcoast Family Resources Society, 604-941-7828.

• Como Lake United church children’s choir for kids ages 6 to 10 meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam. Info: Elena, 604-468-2733.

• Christian Service Brigade and Senior Girls Alive at Westwood Community Church, 1294 Johnson St., Coquitlam, invite youth 11-18 to join them on Wednesday nights 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Battalion program. Info: Ronnie Tan, 604-908-1847.

• Autism Tri-Cities information and support group for adults with relatives with autism spectrum disorder. Info: Clair, 604-939-5157.

• Coquitlam Play Centre parent participation play group meets, 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam. Info: 604-936-2303.

• PoCoMo Mothers of Multiples club meets the third Thursday of the month. Info: Brenda, 604-937-5534.

• Simon Fraser Society for Community Living hosts Family Support, Education and Networking Group, for families with children with developmental or physical disabilities throughout the school year. For more information, please contact the Family and Individual Support Program at 604-525-9494.

• Parents Together is a mutual help group for parents experiencing conflict with their teen(s), meets in PoCo. Info: 604-325-0556.

• Learning Disabilities Association meets the third Thursday of each month at the family resource centre at Westwood elementary school, PoCo, 7-9 p.m.

• Tough Love support group meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Stoney Creek community centre (in Burnaby) For parents with children in trouble or experiencing difficulties. Info: Cathy, 604-464-2437.

• The Ark Child Services, a non-profit counselling agency specializing in supporting families going through separation and divorce, has an office in the Tri-Cities. Info: Lee Cassels, 604-461-2124.

• Children with Diabetes parent support group meets monthly. Speakers present information for living with Type 1 Diabetes. Social activities are also planned for the children and their families. Info: Carol, 604-931-2027.


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