Better Beginnings

Free Prenatal Support program including a postpartum component. Education and support focusing on prenatal nutrition from pregnancy through to six months after birth. For pregnant and new mothers, of all ages, including those in high risk situations.  Participants enjoy healthy meals, interesting education sessions, meeting other pregnant women, free prenatal vitamins, breastfeeding support and more. Thursday mornings at Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 46361 Yale Road.
Contact Lana at 604-701-4978 ext 5.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Mentors are role models who spend time with a young person. They are matched with children and teens in the community or schools for the purpose of building a supportive friendship. Located at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 46361 Yale Road. Call 604-858-0828 or visit their website for more information.

Birthday Parties

Let us take care of the details. We provide a host, light lunch, bouncy castle (gym party) and balloons. Choose from a pool or gym party. Call or visit our Membership Services Desk to book your date/time.
Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.

Child Development

The Child Development Consultant serves families of children with extra support needs from three to five years of age and who are not actively receiving services from the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre (FVCDC) – Supported Development Program. The Consultant assists families in planning and coordinating therapy services for their children that they are receiving through the FVCDC. They support families through the process of developing and implementing a plan that is based on the family’s priorities for their child.
For more information visit www.fvcdc.org.

Families in Motion

The Families in Motion program focuses on strengthening parents’ literacy, parenting and advocacy skills while increasing school readiness and learning skills of children. For families interested in lifelong learning. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Central Gateway for Families, 9435 Young Road, Chilliwack.
For more information contact 604-845-0379.

Family Night

Every Saturday from 6pm to 8pm. Swimming, crafts, sports and games. All families welcome.
Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.

Family Place

Welcoming neighborhood drop-in centres for parents and caregivers with children from birth to 6 years old.
Drop-in: free parent/child interactive drop-in; creative play/age appropriate toys; play-based learning activities; child development activities; parent’s conversation area for exchanging ideas and sharing concerns; connect with your children through play, laughter, stories and song.
Group Education: parenting workshops; child development; cooking and nutrition; budgeting; active living; mental wellness.
Connections: meet new friends and connect with neighbors; information and referral to a network of family resources and services in the Chilliwack area.
No cost to families.
For more information call Chilliwack Community Services, through the information listed on their site.

Free Places to Read

Look for red “Read While You Wait” book bins throughout Chilliwack. Read while you wait. Borrow a book and take it back next time if you’re not finished reading it.
For more information visit the Chilliwack Learning Society website or watch the video.

Home Learners PE
Children will keep active with a variety of different sports, non-competitive & cooperative games & activities.
Registration required. Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.
Indoor Family Playtime Parent-Tot Drop-In

A drop-in program that offers recreational type activities – parent participation is required. The gym is open for families to play & enjoy, while meeting other families in our community.
Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.

Infant Development Program

A program that serves families with children from birth to three years of age who have developmental delays, diagnosed disabilities or are at risk for delays. Families with children under three years of age are usually introduced to the services from the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre by an Infant Development Consultant. The consultant, as the service coordinator, will support the family, help them set goals for their child, guide them as they incorporate suggestions into daily routines, and learn to become advocates for their child. The Infant Development Consultant will assist parents (who know their child best and are able to spend the most time with them) to interact and play in a way that will encourage development.
For more information contact Fraser Valley Child Development Centre at 604-824-8760 or ctucker@fvcdc.org.

Kindergym (3 TO 5 Years)

An independent pre-school gymnastics class for girls & boys. Children will learn fundamental gymnastics skills on the floor, balance beam, vault & bars.
Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.

Right From the Start

Right from the Start (RFTS) is an 8-session parenting course designed to enhance parents’ skills in reading infant cues and responding sensitively. The course uses attachment theory as a framework and active adult learning principles. RFTS is appropriate for any parent or caregiver of an infant under 24 months.
Contact Cristal Biela at 604-702-2311 for dates.

Sardis Doorway for Mothers and Children

Support program for Single and at-risk mothers of children prenatal to age 5.
For more information visit their website, call 604-819-6556, or email sardisdoorway@shaw.ca.

Strong Start

Free, high quality early learning program for children aged birth to five years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Engages parents and the child(ren) in play-based learning that fosters kindergarten readiness in a school setting. Each program is facilitated by a licensed Early Childhood Educator. View locations and hours of operation here.

YMCA Active Play & Active Kids (3 TO 5 Years)

Playing and exploring is more fun with friends. YMCA Active Play helps kids improve coordination, agility, and balance while engaging in activities with other kids.
Join Active Kids as we explore a variety of classic gym games & sport related games/activities.
Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.

YMCA Creative Play

Kids get creative and explore through a variety of activities that help them develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. Activities include puzzle games, cooperative games, circle time and much more!
Contact the Chillliwack Family YMCA at 604-792-3371 or chilliwack@gv.ymca.ca.