Our communities are stronger when we ensure that all families receive support when they bring home a new baby. Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta will provide supports so that all families have what they need to ensure Alberta's children grow up healthy and strong.
As part of the Alberta government’s commitment to early childhood development, Human Services has committed to fund Welcome to Parenthood—Alberta (W2P-AB), a demonstration project through the University of Calgary's Nursing Research Department.
What is it?
We will evaluate the support and information that parents need during the transition from pregnancy to early parenthood.
Who is it for?
For this research study, we will include:
|First-time expectant parents||Mentors|
To Participate, contact
Melody Loewen at 403-220-8058
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Parent Link Centres are participating in this research study:
The purpose of this project is to develop, implement and research this innovative provincial strategy to support families with young children, targeting those who are experiencing periods of vulnerability during their transition to parenting (for the purpose of the study, the definition of vulnerability is a first-time parent).
A key piece of this project is linking parents with parenting supports, mentors, and other vital resources offered through 11 Provincial Parent Link Centres showing how integrated community supports can effectively support families with young children. Through Parent Link Centres, we will provide specialized information and support to parents and their adult mentor. Through mentorship and a research based kit to take home, we will ensure that all families have the support when they bring home a new baby.
The goal of the project is to improve awareness of the core story of early brain and biological development, and understanding of community resources and supports that are aimed at preventing adverse childhood experiences, and ultimately, improving the health and well-being of vulnerable children in Alberta. We envision that W2P-AB will provide (1) enhanced prenatal and early parenting education opportunities to promote the importance of early relationships to lifelong learning and well-being, (2) tangible and emotional supports for early parenting, and (3) facilitated access to evidence-based community resources and supports, which over the longer term will embed new learning and behaviors into patterns that promote resilience.