Programs & Services- Richmond Family Place Play & Learn

Offered concurrently with Wednesday and Thursday Grocery Distributions, Play and Learn is designed to help children in low income develop social, learning, and motor skills necessary to succeed in Kindergarten.  It was launched in response to concerns from teachers and school administrators that many children living in poverty did not have the necessary skills for kindergarten.

Play. Learn. Get Ready for School!

Children and Trained Early Childhood Educators engaging in creative play for learning Children and Trained Early Childhood Educators engage in creative play for learning
Children and Trained Early Childhood Educators engaging in creative play for learning (photo with permission of the child’s parents)

During Wednesday and Thursday morning distributions, parents picking up grocery parcels can bring their young children (0-6 years old) to play in a rich learning environment where they are cared for by qualified early childhood educators from Richmond Family Place.  The educators also provide referrals to supports and resources in the community for parents.

Family Fun Café:

Families share a meal together while learning nutrition and cooking skills.
Families share a meal together while learning nutrition and cooking skills

During Thursday evening distributions, families with young children can enjoy a light dinner while socializing with other families and learning cooking and nutrition skills.   After dinner, the families pickup grocery parcels while their children enjoy the Play and Learn environment.

Play and Learn is a collaborative program with Richmond Family Place and is funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland and private donors

Richmond Family Place    UW of the Lower Mainland