Annual Community Awareness Evening

This event occurs annually in November.

Community Awareness Evening gives families the opportunity to learn about the “help services” that are provided in the community by local agencies and outreach programs that come into the area. The evening provides a venue for service providers and families to meet and learn about one another. Families become familiar with the services and put a face to the provider. This helps them feel more comfortable when accessing their service.

A spin-off of the evening is the opportunity for local agencies to network with other agencies and learn about their services and ways they can compliment and reinforce each other.

Contact Info:
Kathy Richards, (403) 653-4911

PLC Summer Programs

Parent Link Centre’s Summer Youth Programs provide an opportunity for youth ages 6-12 to participate and interact with other youth during the summer months when they are not in school.

The free programs allow youth, regardless of their financial means to enjoy a wide variety of programs. Over 200 programming hours are offered in July and August and there is something that appeals to all youth.

New skills are learned and important self care tips shared. For youth that have two working parents it is an opportunity to be with other youth and spend their days in constructive activities under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

This no- cost opportunity provides a great venue to be with peers and participate in activities that are both rewarding and fun.

Contact: Sonja Richards for Program Times (403) 653-7077

PLC Parenting Programs

Seven parenting programs are offered throughout the year at the Parent Link Centre with more being added as facilitators are trained.

Parenting Programs teach coping skills and techniques that help parents build positive attachment. They encourage positive parent-child interaction and promote age appropriate activities. The programs help parents understand and watch for developmental milestones and provide helps that will aid the child’s development.

Each program focuses on a different stage of parenting but together they cover the newborn through teenage years.

All parenting programs offered through Parent Link Centre are free and available upon request. Trained facilitators instruct each course. All courses are held at the Provincial Building; 576 Main Street Cardston, Alberta. The programs include:

  • Becoming a Love and Logic Parent
  • Coping with Toddler Behavior
  • Infant Massage
  • Make the Connection
  • Parenting the Strong Willed Child
  • Baby and Me - Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Little Yogis

Contact: Sonja Richards for Program Times (403) 653-7077

PLC Early Childhood Development

Parent Link Centre Early Childhood Programs provide a safe haven for children birth to five years of age to develop socially and for their parents and caregivers to enhance their parenting skills.

Play is one of the most important aspects of early childhood development. For the parents, this knowledge is key to providing positive experiences. Play:

  • offers an opportunity to bond with the parent, to learn family rules and expectations and how to act in society;
  • enhances a child’s cognitive skills and social and motor skills;
  • improves language skills and socialization;
  • helps children communicate emotions, and practice creative problem-solving.

The PLC staffs recognize that parenting can be a very isolating experience and the PLC programs allow the parents to meet and visit with other caregivers while interacting with their children. Parents learn about age-appropriate activities that can be done with their children and the importance of play in early brain development.  

PLC Early Childhood programs are held at the Cardston Provincial Building and provide a safe place for children to develop social connections.

A by-product to the program is the opportunity for parents to meet other parents of preschool children and build friendships.

Contact: Sonja Richards for Program Times (403) 653-7077

Children's Parent Link Centre Programs

PLC Early Childhood Program Schedule:

Make & Mingle
            Monday: 10:00 – 12:00 pm
            Wednesday: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Stay & Play
            Tuesday: 9:30 – 11:30 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
            Thursday: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Little Yogi’s
            Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Baby & Me
            Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Sta’Wastiima’an “Raising our Children”
            Thursday: 1:00 – 3:00 pm


Contact: Sonja Richards for Program Times (403) 653-7077

Hill Spring Learning Thru Play Group

Place: Hill Spring Community Centre
Dates: 2nd & 4th Wednesday s of the Month
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Young Children learn best through play; by acting out the world around them. They are able to experiment in safe, planned environment with open-ended activities, on their own or with their peers, learning new skills and increasing their knowledge and development in all areas, helping to create strong, ambitious, and independent individuals.

We set up planned play areas, each with different topics, based on the children’s interests, to allow open-ended play experiences for them to increase in their social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional development. The program is an opportunity for children to do and learn things they may not learn at home; to make true, simple choices to foster independence and self-esteem; to interact and socialize with other young children and learn to play cooperatively, and to do so in a safe environment.

We also encourage parents to take part in play with their child(ren). The program generally runs twice per month.

Contact Info:
Bobbi Barfuss, Facilitator (403) 894-2714
Tracey Beck, Facilitator, (403) 360-6385

Glenwood Library Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

Place: Glenwood Community Hall
Dates: January 9, 23; February 6, 13, 27; March 13, 27; April 17; May 1, 15, 22
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Village of Glenwood Library Board (part of our 2016-2020 Plan of Service)

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program helps the parent learn how to foster early literacy in their children through rhyme, story and song, all while having fun. Parents who talk, sing and read to their children from infancy give their children a head start in learning to communicate with others and being ready to learn when they get to school.

We run a full Mother Goose program plus we have added other activities which foster early literacy. We added books, crafts, sensory bins, primitive reflex reintegration movements (help children with literacy and other skills), as well as music and movement activities.

Contact Info:    
Patricia Michel:, 403-308-8631                                                          
Kathy Thomas:,  403-360-5211

Books for Babies

The Books for Babies program  is a community-based volunteer project that promotes reading as a family activity and encourage parents of infants between birth and 12 months to share books with their babies.

A bag with two carefully selected age-appropriate books and resource materials introduces parents of newborns to the importance of early reading to their children.

Early shared book reading helps children become stronger and better able to cope with new situations in constructive ways. It helps them develop independence and become more resistant to crisis.

It is important in a child’s brain and behavioural development. Books for Babies program supports families in developing early literacy and language experiences and promotes healthy family relationships.


Shannon Palmer

Books for Babies Coordinator


PLC After School Program

The Youth After School Programs at the Parent Link Centre helps socially isolated youth ages 6-12 engage positively with other youth that are experiencing the same self-doubts and often low self-esteem.

A variety of activities are offered so that the youth can select the one that helps them succeed and makes them feel most comfortable.

All youth are welcome but the majority of the youth that come to this Friday program are dealing with personal struggles and will not participate in main stream activities. They are not comfortable in large groups and often do not interact well with other youth. Under the watchful-eye of trained facilitators the youth participate in activities and gradually begin to feel integrated and at ease. The PLC is a safe-haven for youth that have been bullied, ostracized, ignored, or forgotten at school or in other social settings.

Many of the youth that attend the after-school programs are unable to participate in community and school activities whether because of cost or inability to make the team.