Fun for Young Families!

Introducing: The Relocated Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre

The Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre provides programs for the changing needs of young families in the area. On Monday, August 24th, 2015, Slave Lake Region website had the chance toHaylie sit down with Haylie Millard, the Centre’s Program Lead. We discussed the exciting new developments taking place at the Centre, such as, Fall programs, their new space and the Grand Re-Opening celebration taking place, Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Without further delay, we’d like to introduce to you Ms. Haylie Millard. Haylie studied as a Child and Youth Worker at Georgian College and Niagara College in Ontario. Haylie explains: “I do enjoy the hands on aspect of working with early childhood” and this is where her experience lies. Today, Haylie heads a talented team of 3 programmers at the Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre.

Until this summer, the Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre had been situated in two different locations: St-Mary School of the Lake and the Native Friendship Centre. Today, the Centre is newly relocated and soon to be servicing Smith also, stay tuned! The Centre provides high-quality, comprehensive, accessible, community based programs that comply with province wide standards of excellence and responds to the changing needs of parents and families. Families with children from 0-6 are welcome and both parents are encouraged to come. A special invite goes out for more fathers to join in, Millard highlights. Haylie explains that: “This is an open, safe place for anybody. All of our programming is free in order for there to be no financial barriers for any families. We do offer families rides within town to our programming also”.

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The Centre offers different parenting programs to help parents increase their skills in whichever parenting style they are interested in. There are many resources for parents to utilize, as well as, information on other community programs that could benefit your family. Here are some examples of exciting programs taking place right now:

Toddler (1-3 years): Activities such as messy play, puzzles and different gross motor activities for youngsters. Children have access to all the toys at the Centre. Parents have a chance to talk with our programmers and with other parents about any issues that are going on.

Family Fitness (All Ages): A group walks to the Park where an AHS Speech Pathologist reads stories from the Little Free Libraries. The hope is to keep this activity on-going during the winter months, at the Multi Rec Centre.

Stay, Play N’ Learn (All ages): This is play time for kids. Parents can chat with programmers informally about the topic of that session. In the past, they’ve had a dentist come in teaching about teeth brushing, car seat safety info-session, and any other topic that parents bring up etc..          

 Kindermusik (All ages): This is the new music program the Centre is proud to be presenting.  There will be a family time program for parents and children 0-7. They will learn new music, movements, and play instruments.

EventThe New Location and the Grand Re-Opening!

As mentioned, the Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre has migrated to a new one-stop shop location: The second floor of the Community Christian Centre. Millard claims: “We have a nice, big, open, fresh space up there (in the Community Christian Centre) with the back room for messy play… We have different centers set up like dress up, books, building blocks, climber for gross motor and a baby section for the younger ones”. Feedback from parents has been very positive!

The Bright Beginnings Parent Link Team would like to invite you to their Grand Re-Opening Celebration, from 10-2 pm, Saturday, September 19th. This includes an info-session for parents about programs, a magician, crafts and a free BBQ lunch. Come celebrate this great new chapter for Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre, September 19th!

Interested in learning more about Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre? Please feel free to contact Haylie Millard, Program Lead, (780) 849-8025 or


Learn more about Bright Beginnings Parent Link Centre’s full September Schedule here.

About Kyla Hackett:

My name is Kyla Hackett and I'm a writer for the Slave Lake Region website. I am also the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Coordinator for the Town of Slave Lake. What is FCSS you might ask? Well, we are all about building up preventative social programs in Slave Lake. We also enjoy informing everyone about the exciting monthly events taking place around here! Be sure to email me ( if you have a community event you would like to spread the word about.

Ciao for now!