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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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Contact 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 Centre Locations

Thrive Family Centre Location Hours and Programs

Thrive Maplewood

Thrive Family Centre Maplewood will be closed Thursday, November 17, 2022, and on all statutory holidays.

Fall hours at Thrive Maplewood:  

  • Learning through Play (0-6 years old) – 2 sessions Monday – Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 2:30 pm (please note: Monday afternoons are only for babies 0-18 months)
  • Baby Basics- Breastfeeding Support (infants) – Mondays 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Babynastics (0-18 months) – Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Pancakes & Play (0-6 years old) – Sundays 9:30 – 11:30 am

Thrive West Vancouver 

Thrive West Vancouver will be closed on Friday, October 21, and Thursday, November 17, 2022, and on all statutory holidays.

  • Learning through Play (0-6 years old) – Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 am

*All programs are operating on a limited capacity basis, first come-first served.  Programming is subject to change during this time, we suggest checking our website and Thrive Facebook page for the most up to date information.

Please see our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here.

Thrive Baby Mondays

Join us at Thrive Family Centre Maplewood for Baby Mondays!

Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Support

Drop-in on Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Meet and connect with other new parents and caregivers.

Drop in for social connection, information, consultation, and breastfeeding and postpartum support in an empowering atmosphere.  Thrive Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Postpartum Support Group is facilitated by a certified Birth Doula and on-site Family Support Counsellor.

Babynastics

Drop-in on Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

This is a dedicated time for you and your baby to meet other parents and caregivers who would like to socialize, have fun, and work on gross motor development all at the same time! Healthy snacks are provided.  For ages 0-18 months.

Thrive One-to-One Parent Support 

Additional parenting support is available on a one-to-one basis. Please contact us at 604-986-9311 to make an appointment with one of our parenting support counsellors who are available on Mondays and Thursdays.

Thrive Pancakes and Play for Dads and Male Caregivers

Sundays 9:30-11:30 am.   

Dads and male caregivers are always welcome at all Thrive Family Programs, but we know sometimes dads need different support and can benefit from connecting with each other. If you are a dad living on the North Shore with young children, please drop in to Pancakes and Play to learn, play, and connect with your children and other dads or male caregivers.

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, diapers, toiletries, 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 children to ensure we all have what we need to play outside year-round. Please call Thrive Maplewood at 604-986-9311 if you would like to make an appointment outside of Thrive drop-in hours, to use the clothing and toy exchange.

Thrive Community Food Cupboard

You and your family are welcome to take what you need and are able to use. We accept donations of canned fruit, healthy snacks, non-dairy shelf-able milks, tea and coffee.  Please call Thrive Maplewood at 604-986-9311 if you would like to make an appointment outside of Thrive drop-in Hours, to visit the Community Food Cupboard.

Thrive Parent-Child Mother Goose 

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

Fall 2022 sessions

Thank you for your interest in our Mother Goose Infant Sessions. Please note that we are now full for all sessions at the North Vancouver City Library and the West Vancouver Memorial Library.   If you have not been contacted, you have been put on our waitlist.

North Vancouver City Library

  • Toddlers:  Tuesdays, September 27-November 29, 9:45-10:45am
  • Infants:     Tuesdays, September 27-November 29, 11:00am-12:00pm

West Vancouver Memorial Library

  • Toddlers:  Wednesdays, September 21-November 23, 10:15-11:15am
  • Infants:     Wednesdays, September 21-November 23, 11:30am-12:30pm

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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, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver.

 

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