Providing preventive, supportive, and early intervention services throughout Alberta

Young Parent Program

Working Together For A Better Life

The Young Parent Program is designed to offer parents between the ages of 13 and 24 years the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for independent living and parenting. Out of the position of concern the Department of Social Services, in co-operation with the Family Serving Agencies in Saskatchewan, developed this program. The main objectives are to promote normal development in babies, to increase the knowledge and understanding of parenting skills of young mothers and fathers, and to assist young parents in stabilizing and improving their own situations, with a view to eventual self-sufficiency. We work towards providing both parent and child with a healthy, successful future.

Program Information

The Young Parent Program is essentially what the parents express they are looking for. The programming surrounds their needs and expectations. The program provides the parents with emotional and practical support by accessing the Wednesday evening support and information group. The Teen and Young Parent Program is successful due to the support of volunteers who graciously donate their time.

Support and Information Group

The Wednesday evening support and information group is designed to meet the needs and requests of the young parents. It is offered every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Child care volunteers provide the children with love, care and attention while the parents attend the program. Each week a topic is covered that surrounds parenting and health. Experienced speakers from the community offer support and information. Examples of popular topics are early childhood education, discipline/alternatives to spanking, self-esteem, domestic violence, health-related topics such as birth control or how to handle common childhood illnesses, educational opportunities and personal development. A variety of topics are offered each year depending on the group and what they are requesting.

Besides gaining valuable information every week, participants attending this group also receive the opportunity to interact with other young parents and share their experiences with one another and build a new network of support and friendships.

If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this program, please call 306 694 2011 or 306 694 8133 and ask to speak with the Co-ordinator of the Young Parent Program to receive more information.