By Justin Seward
The UCP government have been making cuts to many different services in the province and recently parent link centres were added to the list.
The centre received notification that Children Services have redeveloped the provincial framework that supports prevention and early intervention services.
McMan Parent Link Centre serves Medicine Hat and the immediate surrounding rural communities including Irvine, Oyen, Ralston, Redcliff and Seven Persons with intervention programming and the provincial government has decided to discontinue that programming as of March 31, 2020.
The programming that will no not be available include early childhood learning, parent education, the Triple P (Postivie Parenting Program), Kids have Stress Too! , Rhyme Time, Baby Massage, family support, information and referrals and preschool development screening.
“It’s really a resource to help parents and care givers strengthen their parenting skills and help promote positive child development,” said Tracie Mutschler, excutive director for McMann south region.
She says that the initial announcement came as a bit of surprise but excited to see the new expression of interest come out quickly that will begin on April 1, 2020.
“It’s an opportunity for agencies to respond to their request and hopefully McMan plans on responding to that request and partnering with other agencies to enhance and strengthen the province-wdie approach for the early intervention services,” said Mutschler.
The new networks will be called Family Resource Networks and McMan will be working closely with outlets such as Bridges, the Be Youth Centre and Alberta Health Services.
Alberta Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Shultz’s office was unable to be reached for comment as for press time.