Campbell Fiver Family Network


Time to Celebrate

Posted: November 14th, 2012

Many forces are at work making Campbell River a community that values and nurtures its families, particularly families with young children. In a recent survey of these families many examples of family friendly businesses and services that support healthy childhoods in our city were named. Other...more

Get outside and Play

Posted: November 9th, 2012


The Path to Prosperity: The Father Factor

Posted: November 7th, 2012

Fathers play an essential role in children's lives, and that promoting positive fathering is a key element in building healthy families and communities. Explore innovative ways to support fathers in the workplace. "The Path to Prosperity: The Father Factor" lunch and learn event sponsored by...more

Success By 6 Family Friendly Gym Challenge

Posted: November 5th, 2012

Recent UBC studies show 1 in 3 Campbell River children is not ready to succeed in school by age 6 Local data shows 16 % of our children are vulnerable in Physical Health and Well Being (eg. motor development, establish handedness) Bikram Yoga Campbell River and Stereo Fitness both heard the...more

ECE Professional Development

Posted: October 25th, 2012


Stereo Fitness Fundraiser for Success By 6

Posted: October 22nd, 2012


Sleeping Babies

Posted: October 11th, 2012

A beautiful reminder that babies often sleep best when they are not alone.   more

All–Weather Family Place

Posted: October 10th, 2012

All – Weather Family Place is taking it outside! We expect to get windblown and wet from time to time, but we will understand more about how the natural world looks and feels when we are right there experiencing it. We will understand something new about ourselves in experiencing an environment...more

Celebrating National Family Week

Posted: September 21st, 2012


Importance of Outdoor Play

Posted: September 6th, 2012

In today's society we need to be more mindful on the benefits of play in the outdoors.  Playing outside is one of the greatest joys of childhood, but it serves a larger purpose than just being a way to have a good time. Spending time outdoors is a crucial part of healthy growth and development. ...more

Forest Kindergarten

Posted: September 5th, 2012

A forest kindergarten is held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment. The teacher’s role is meant to assist rather than lead.  The classroom is "without a ceiling or walls".  As the new school year...more

Autism Outreach Parent/Caregiver Workshop

Posted: August 19th, 2012

The Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) is hosting an Autism Outreach Parent/Caregiver Workshop in Campbell River on December 13-14, 2012: Royal Canadian Legion: 301-11th Avenue. The Parent/Caregiver Workshops are part of the second phase of the Autism Outreach Program and will...more

Campbell River and Area Early Years Recognition

Posted: August 15th, 2012

Do you know someone who has made a difference in improving the lives of children and their families in Campbell River and surrounding area? It could be a health nurse, dentist, bus driver, an early year’s program or service, childcare provider, neighbour, a business or community organization....more

Are We There Yet?

Posted: July 13th, 2012

It’s the refrain of summer journeys everywhere: “Are we there yet?” or if you happen to be at home, it might sound more like: “I’m bored…..!” Wondering how to respond? Try some of these easy tips for summer math learning. · View road trips as a mobile classroom. Turn “Are we there yet?” into a...more

Family Time Fishing

Posted: June 11th, 2012

Did you know that you can fish for free during Father's Day weekend in BC? What a great way to spend family time together celebrating dad.The Family Fishing Weekend is to encourage British Columbians, especially young people, to go fishing, learn a great new pastime and have fun with family and...more

Is Campbell River Child Friendly?

Posted: June 7th, 2012

We are  looking at how the community perceives Campbell River as a child friendly city. Please take a moment to answer this survey here. We appreciate you taking a moment. more

Some Quiet

Posted: June 7th, 2012

Adapted from Mr. Rogers website article By Hedda Sharapan Finding some quiet on days when the house is full of young children isn’t always easy. Here are some ideas that can help: Quiet time – for the ears* Have you noticed that when the room is noisy, if you raise your voice level, the children...more

Campbell River Families

Posted: May 18th, 2012

Check out the latest edition of Campbell River Families in today’s Campbell River Mirror....great resource for parents, online edition pg 32 – 44, check it out here. more

Celebrating May as Child Care Month

Posted: May 16th, 2012

May is the month we celebrate and honour our most valued citizens, our child care providers!  Caring for children is often rewarding and challenging work. Early Childhood Educators support and enrich the lives of families and the development of children. ECEBC and the BCGEU is proud to celebrate...more


Posted: May 7th, 2012

Do you know a child who is two years old and only using a few words? Do you know a child who is three years old and very difficult to understand? If so, you might know a child with speech and/or language difficulties. Now is the time to get more information, since May is Speech and Hearing Month....more

Noticing a Child’s Hidden Successes

Posted: April 19th, 2012

  Adapted from PAUL TOUGH Published: September 25, 2009 New York Times   “Come on, Abigail.” “Wait!” Abigail said. “I’m not finished!” She slowly scratches out the letters in title, one by one: “T H E…” “Abigail, we’re waiting!” Jocelyn said. Henry sighed dramatically. “I’m going as fast as I...more

Fantasy vs. Reality

Posted: April 10th, 2012

Most adults have a pretty good grip on the difference between fantasy and reality. We can easily separate and make sense of stories that are made up and embellished from those which are factual and based on reality. We are so comfortable with our sense of fantasy and reality that we may not...more

Thank You

Posted: March 20th, 2012

It takes the community to ensure all of our young children have the best start in life. Many thanks go out to the many organizations, groups and volunteers who participated in the Campbell River Children’s Health Fairs this year on Friday March 16. Thank you to: Active Campbell River, BC Transit...more

Attachment in Childcare: Feeling at Home

Posted: March 15th, 2012

Childcare is often times a secondary home to many children in our society. Families come to rely heavily on this service to meet their children’s day-to-day needs in a variety of ways including socialization. Even families who do not rely on childcare seek social opportunities for their preschool...more

Children’s Health Fair

Posted: March 15th, 2012

Join us tomorrrow, Friday, March 16 from 10 – 2 at Robron Centre for the Annual Children’s Health Fair.  Magical Face Painting Goody Bags Miss Judi and Friends Lots of games Free dental, vision, speech and developmental screening for toddlers and preschoolers.   Hope to see you there!! more

The Early Years, The Ignored Years

Posted: March 12th, 2012

The recent teachers strike has brought forward much needed attention to the poor conditions our school aged children are experiencing in classrooms throughout B.C. A situation which pains and unites parents and professionals working with children across many disciplines, including Early Childhood...more

Child Poverty on the Rise

Posted: March 9th, 2012

An inspiring local young lady making a difference around the awareness of child poverty, read her story.Child Poverty in Campbell River:25 % under six live in income-assisted families28% of families are single parent families61% of lone mothers live below the poverty line29% of lone fathers live...more


Posted: March 6th, 2012

Notice how children are unique in the way they grow and develop. Notice the amazing achievements children make in the early years when the brain is growing so quickly. Notice the powerful effect that loving relationships, encouraging talk and stimulating experiences have on learning in the early...more

Could Today’s Fast-paced TV Put Your Child’s Brain at Risk?

Posted: February 27th, 2012

Don’t many of us suspect that TV and video games are bad for young children? We might, but research shows that children under the age of five typically watch more than four hours of TV a day. Not only that, today’s children begin their TV viewing at 4 months, rather than four years as it did in...more

Top 5 Toys of All Time

Posted: February 22nd, 2012

Evolution and modernization has changed many things in our world, and as hard as corporations might try to include young children in this realm, it seems, some things will and should never change. As parents, we can all relate to moments when our very young child receives a toy, and is far more...more

Curbing Consumerism in Childhood

Posted: February 17th, 2012

Spring Cleaning. It always reminds me that I have survived another gluttonous gift getting season by way of taking stock of what is now unloved, discarded and un-needed in order to de-clutter and simplify. It is easy to buy into manufactures claims of quality in their products when combined with...more

‎2012 Ready-Set-Go Children's Health Fair

Posted: February 13th, 2012

Local community partners are proud once again to present the Ready-Set-Go Children's Health Fair. Local community organizations will be available to provide parents of tots and preschoolers with information on safety, health, literacy awareness, recreation and a variety of other programs. Vision,...more

Why are books important for babies?

Posted: February 7th, 2012

Because research on infant brain development tells us that a child's experience in the first three years of life directly impact later development and learning.  The baby's genetic heritage is important but equally important are baby's surroundings, care, stimulation and teaching. · At birth,...more

Daily reunions for the working parent

Posted: February 2nd, 2012

This article was seen in Parents As Teachers A Newsletter for Parents of Preschoolers by Columbia Public Schools Parents As Teachers.  In today’s society working parents are so busy with work and running their children from one activity to the next.  This article was a great reminder! Family...more

Early Experiences Critical for Early Development

Posted: January 31st, 2012

Turn off your T.V, they don't call them programs for nothing. Don't believe it?  Check out the  video to understand the effects that media has on the early development of children.  Children need more real time, real play and less fast paced media.  Change the beginning and you change the whole...more

UBC Finds More than 30% of Campbell River’s Children Vulnerable

Posted: January 31st, 2012

Researchers at UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership find that over one third of Campbell River children enter Kindergarten not quite ready to learn*. These children may not know how to take turns or make friends. They may not be able to hold a pencil or listen as a story is read. They may not...more

Active Play for Families

Posted: January 30th, 2012

A fundamental part of raising a happy and healthy family is to provide active opportunities for children and youth. The benefits of activity are endless and encouraging everyday fitness and activity for your children will set the foundation for an active life through adulthood and this is an...more

Beyond Books: The Power of Literacy

Posted: January 26th, 2012

My second son has never shown the interest in books and reading that my first did, so until now, I never had to consider the depths of literacy really. With a first-born who was drinking in language and all things wordy since toddlerhood, and grew to be an avid novel reader by age 8, I was...more


Posted: January 18th, 2012

Teddy bears are family too, so “Henrietta” the Campbell River Library hippo would like to invite all book-loving teddy bears to celebrate Family Literacy Week by attending a Teddy Bear Storytime Sleepover at the library on Jan. 25. Bears and other stuffed animals may bring their favourite humans...more

Books For Babes

Posted: January 16th, 2012

Our first experiences have a lasting impression and influence how we respond and feel about all things in our lives. If we identify something we are afraid of, for instance, and trace it back to our earliest memory of it, there is a good chance we had a negative experience with it. That is why it...more

Family Literacy Day ~ Friday January 27

Posted: January 11th, 2012

 Families will be able to participate in activities and fill in their passport to enter for a draw.  Visit the Community Centre for stories with Joyce McMann, Teddy Bear sleep over at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, learn how radio works at 99.7 the River and much much more.  More info to...more

A New Service for BC Families Comes to Campbell River

Posted: January 9th, 2012

Launched just recently in October 2011, Strongest Families BC is a new service for children with mild to moderate behaviour problems (ages 3-12). Strongest Families is delivered to parents and/or caregivers via telephone in the comfort and privacy of their own homes at times that are best for the...more
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