Family Resources Remain Available Despite the Pandemic

Article from Parenthèse published on 1 February 2021, in the Early Childhood category.

Are you aware of the many free resources that remain available to you despite the public health restrictions associated with COVID-19?

We encourage you to find out about these resources in French for parents of young children living in British Columbia.


Centre d’appui à la famille et à l’enfance (CAFE) (CAFE -- Family and Children's Support Centre)

The gateway to many activities and tools in French designed to meet the needs of families in British Columbia is: site Web

Here you'll find a calendar of activities, as well as information about the online workshops/webinars, programs, and resources available. So, visit the site regularly to stay up to date and not miss anything!

The CAFE is an initiative that is being carried out through the collaboration of several community organizations under the leadership of the Fédération des parents. These organizations work in partnership, with the goal of supporting, in various ways, Francophone parents who want to transmit French to their young children.

*If you live in the Vancouver or Victoria area, you can sign up for the CAFE's mailing list by visiting:


« Trousse Bébé francophone » (welcome kit for new and future Francophone parents)

Are you expecting a child, or already have one less than 12 months old? The Fédération des parents francophones would like to welcome you to your parenting adventure by offering you a kit containing a range of resources in French, as well as surprises for you and your baby!

The kit is free and will be shipped to you free of charge, no matter where you live in British Columbia. To complete the order form, click here.


« Regarde, je suis capable! » program

Take advantage of a free program designed to familiarize you with the important stages of your child's development from 4 months to 6 years old. The program has been adapted to be offered remotely so parents throughout B.C. can participate.

This program will be of interest to any parent who wants to know more about how their child learns, as well as their strengths and abilities. In the comfort of your home, at a time that suits you, you’ll be able to carry out the suggested activities and complete a questionnaire related to your child's age.

To find out all the details and register, visit website

In addition, the website of the Fédération des parents francophone de C.-B. lists a range of resources to inform and equip parents of preschoolers aged 0 to 5 years, as well as early childhood workers. Here's an overview:

  • Grandir en français – a free newsletter for parents in Western Canada, which provides information and advice based on a child’s age, to ensure successful French language transmission;
  • 1 enfant, 2 langues – a mini-website, available in French and English, which is entirely dedicated to the bilingual language development of young children in minority communities;
  • Chansons pour enfants – available online, this album includes songs from the traditional Francophone repertoire in both vocal and instrumental versions;
  • Guide des maladies infantiles – a guide that provides general information on communicable diseases commonly affecting young children;
  • Les premiers pas de votre bambin (Toddler’s First Steps) – a reference guide developed by the provincial government for parents and caregivers of children aged 6 months to 36 months.

To discover these resources and more, visit