What is the Stepping Stones Program?

Stepping Stones provides opportunities to enhance social and emotional development of children. Children with neuro-developmental conditions participate together in group settings for learning at locations throughout the Lower Mainland. Parents can also participate in training and education on social emotional development and how to promote their child’s learning.

Social workers can provide support for children with extra needs and their families by working together with schools and community-based service organizations to provide consultation, resources and expertise.

Who Do We Serve?

We serve children up to 12 years of age with neuro-developmental conditions, and their families, who live in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, or North Shore.

Why is Stepping Stones Important?

The Stepping Stones program is dedicated to providing social and emotional learning opportunities where children and their families learn skills and strategies to regulate emotions, handle stress, identify strengths and values, and maintain a sense of self-confidence.

Developing social and emotional competencies in children results in the ability to form close and secure relationships with adults and peers as well as to regulate and express their feelings in socially and culturally appropriate ways.

Self-regulation and social awareness are stepping stones to building an important foundation for success and an overall better quality of life at home, in school, and in the community.

What Do We Offer?

  • Social skills-building, social thinking, and strategy groups for children from 5 – 12 years of age;
  • Networking opportunities for parents;
  • Education and workshops for parents and the community;
  • Short-term consultations;
  • Activity evenings for “Family Together”;
  • Support for school transitions;
  • Information and resources delivered in an electronic newsletter.

Where Are Services Delivered?

Services may be delivered in a variety of environments. Locations include the BC Centre for Ability, family home, community settings or in school facilities. The level and extent of service is determined in discussion with the family.

Stepping Stones services are available Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm. Family appointments, interagency meetings, group sessions, and special events may be scheduled outside of these hours.

Stepping Stones can provide contact information on community services that are available to support families in the event of an emergency or crisis any time of the day or night. Stepping Stones does not provide crisis intervention support.

How to Access the Stepping Stones Program

Register by telephone with a Stepping Stones Social Worker who will determine if your child is eligible for services and then together complete a referral form. Stepping Stones is funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland and there is no direct cost to families.

For More Information Contact:

Andrea Harstone

Phone: 604-630-3007
Email: Andrea.Harstone@bc-cfa.org

Michelle Perri

Phone: 604-451-5511 ext. 1257
Email: Michelle.Perri@bc-cfa.org