We’ve talked about Family Place a few times here on 10th, and it’s no secret I have quite the bias for this place. I asked Marjorie Staal, Executive Director, to update me on what’s happening in their world.
“New Westminster Family Place is excited to be able to announce there is a new drop-in at F.W. Howay School, said Staal. “It is every Thursday morning from 9:15 to 11:15.” Being at the school allows them to expand their offerings, as well. Staal says that whereas in the main drop in centre at 93 Sixth Street there isn’t room for a gymnasium, the F.W. Howay Family Place staff are now able to offer stories, crafts, gym time and lots of toys for the children’s enjoyment. That precious gym time is something I can really appreciate and while I have also used the provincially funded Strong Start program at McBride Elementary (which does offer gym time) I have recently found Strong Start’s classroom to be too crowded. It’s really great having access to a second program that offers gym time on this side of McBride Boulevard.
The funding for Family Place’s new program is provided through the United Way of the Lower Mainland. F.W.Howay School is tucked up behind Canada Games Pool, on Cumberland just south of 10th Avenue. It’s accessible by bus using the 154.
The program runs out of the Daycare Room which is across from the office. Free coffee, free programming and free fun all in one place! It’s win win win.
The main drop in site for Family Place is located at 93 Sixth Street and runs every morning from 9:30 – 11:30 Monday to Saturday and Monday and Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00. Their main drop in centre also has a library of books and a toy lending library, and regularly offers parenting programs.
Here’s a picture tour of the new site: