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We believe healthy families make communities thrive, and Thrive Family Programs reflect our commitment to supporting parents through the joys and challenges that each new day can bring. We know that thriving is not an end point or a single destination. It’s an ongoing journey of growth. We are dedicated to meeting local families where they are presently and providing the resources they need to thrive.

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We are operational, and providing support and services across our North Shore communities – virtually.  The health and safety of our staff, clients, volunteers, and broader community is our top priority.  

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We are dedicated to meeting local families where they are and providing the resources they need to thrive. Contact Shauna Mokelki, Manager of Thrive Family Programs at 604-986-9311 or email us.

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Thrive Family Centres

Our Thrive Family Centres offer free, programs where you can play, learn, and connect with your children from birth to six years of age. Enjoy child-led play, crafts, songs, and stories while interacting with other parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Our experienced staff provide support, resources, and referrals to give you the help you need to ensure your child has a healthy start in life.

Thrive Family Centres are located at:

*Please note that our Thrive Family Centres Lonsdale Quay Market and West Vancouver Community Centre are currently closed due to COVID-19.  Many of our programs have adapted to virtual delivery, and our Thrive Family Centre Maplewood is offering Outdoor Fall Programs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 8 – October 4.  This program is free of charge and requires pre-registration.  

See the complete listing of Thrive Family Programs being offered virtually, by phone, and outdoors. 

Outdoor Fall Program at Thrive Family Centre Maplewood

Fall is here and we are opening for Outdoor programs at Thrive Maplewood.  Play, learn, and connect with your children.  Please read through the program details, and our new safety guidelines by clicking here. 

Pre-registration is required for this program.  To participate in this popular program, click here to download a registration form, and email thrive@familyservices.bc.ca, in the subject line of your email put ‘Outdoor‘, and your preference of day of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday-Dads).  We will be in touch to confirm your registration.

The following is a summary of Thrive Family Programs now being offered virtually, click here for a summary.

Thrive Parent Child Mother Goose

An engaging group experience, where you and your young children can share rhymes, stories, and songs designed to foster parent-child connections and positive early experiences with language and music.

We are now offering Parent Child Mother Goose virtually, for infants on Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:15am, and for toddlers and young children on Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:15am.  To participate in this popular program, click here to download a registration form.  Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return by attaching as an electronic document or as an image to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca, with Infant PCMG or Toddler PCMG in the subject line.

Thrive Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support (starts September 10)

Drop in for social connection, information, consultation, and support in an empowering atmosphere. Our Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support group is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant and on-site counsellor. If you are a new parent looking for this kind of support, please join us virtually.  Click here to download a registration form for our virtual support group.  Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca, include Breastfeeding in the subject line.

Thrive Parent Support Group (starts September 8)

A weekly free drop-in group for North Shore parents and caregivers with children from birth to six years old.  Connect with other parents for conversation and support in a professionally facilitated group setting.  Click here for detailed information including date and time.  The Parent Support Group is currently taking place virtually. Please click here to download a registration form for our virtual support group. Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca, please include Parent Support in the subject line.  

Thrive Pancakes and Play for Dads and Male Caregivers

Dads and male caregivers are always welcome at all Thrive programs, but we know sometimes dads need different support and can benefit from connecting with each other. If you are a dad with young children living on the North Shore, please drop in to Pancakes and Play to learn, play, and connect with your children and other dads or male caregivers – free pancakes included!  Our staff offer support, resources, and referrals to give you the help you need to ensure your child has a healthy start in life. Due to COVID-19 access to our Thrive Maplewood location is temporarily closed, however Dads and male caregivers are invited to register for Fall Outdoor Play at Thrive Maplewood, on Sundays.  Our Sunday session is exclusively for Dads and male caregivers.  Register here, click here to download a registration form  and email it to thrive@familyservices.bc.ca

Thrive Maplewood clothing and toy exchange

You and your family are welcome to take what you need and are able to use. We accept donations of clean toys, books, and clothing for children from birth to age six, as well as maternity clothes. Please note that we are currently accepting donations, of rain gear and winter outdoor clothing for both adults and children to ensure we all have what we need to play outside year-round.

All North Shore parents can attend Thrive programming at no cost – regardless of your social or financial circumstances, thanks to our generous funders and donors.  Thrive Family Programs are funded in part by the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, United Way of the Lower Mainland, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, and in-kind donation by Lonsdale Quay Market.

 

I found that I was quite fragile as a new parent, and the kindness and supportive environment I found at the Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support group were invaluable to my experience.– Participant