This pandemic has been hard on many people, and for families juggling life with little ones, the new public health measures seem to have increased the strain of everyday living for our local families. We know that parents and children are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and many of the normal supports and programs are either not operating or have been modified.

FAN ran a ThoughtExchange in 2020 to see how our local service providers could better support families during this unprecedented time. The thoughts exchanged during that survey were shared with the Trail Early Years Coalition, and together we were able to offer many supports such as: Parenting in the Pandemic, an online workshop with clinician Sean Larsen; Spring Time Outdoor Activity Bingo; COVID resource directory (found on the FAN website); Art Boxes; Mental Wellness books for our local libraries; virtual Ages and Stages events, and various Busy Bags for families, including the Big Worriers Little People Workshop and accompanying Mental Wellness kit.

Families have had some time now to settle in to our ‘new norm’ and school for the older kids (whose families have decided to send them) has begun. As we move into Fall, we would like to offer you the opportunity to consider how FAN and its member organizations can continue to provide supports to you and your family.

We’re asking you for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan our continued response to supporting families as we begin to emerge from the challenges that COVID-19 has brought.
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We are offering families who complete this ThoughtExchange an opportunity to be entered to win one of 2 gift certificates to local retailers as a thank you.  To enter, all you need to do is participate in the ThoughtExchange and send a quick email to after completing the Exchange. Draw to be made November 22nd.