Online resources and links for parents with school-age kids

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The following websites and links offer information, resources, and programs newcomer families need. Most of these are free. Please note that some programs may need registration and follow eligibility requirements:

Manitoba government-suggested websites for parents, educators, and community members:

  • My Child in School – A user-friendly website that provides an overview of curriculum content to help parents support their children’s success in school.
  • My Learning at Home – Students in grades 5 to 8 can find videos, animations and interactive websites here to help them understand or deepen their understanding of many concepts in mathematics and science.
  • Safe and Caring Schools – Provides Manitoba’s educators, students, parents and community members with valuable information and resources to support safe, caring and inclusive schools.

Library links:

Regional libraries:

Community based programming and support for newcomer youth (and families):

  • City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide, Swimming for all Ages, and Priceless Fun – Contains downloadable pamphlets containing listings of recreational programs in community centres and libraries in various areas of Winnipeg.
  • General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres (GCWCC) – This is where you will find information on Winnipeg’s 63 community centres. Find out your nearest community centre, its upcoming events, programs offered, rental facilities, and others.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg – Operates 10 community-based clubs for young people ages 10-18. They offer drop-in and enhanced programs that include sports, recreation and physical activity; arts and cultural appreciation; and education and career exploration. Some activities require pre-registration.
  • Art City – Offers free, high-quality art programs. Special programs include digital photography, ceramics, drawing club and digital art, and other activities that facilitate creative expression.
  • NEEDS Introduction to Canadian Education– A school-preparedness and orientation program for newly arrived refugee youth, 6-21 years old, who are awaiting placement in a Winnipeg School. It consists of orientation sessions about Winnipeg and school preparedness, English language skill development, recreational activities, and computer skills development.
  • Elmwood Community Resource Centre, Elmwood has various programs for children and the youth.
  • – Represents and supports LGTBTTQ individuals, communities and families. Its youth programs (for ages 13-21) focus on skill development, capacity building, and creative expression such as creative writing workshops, movie nights, self defence, and bowling.

  • Seven Oaks School Division – Provides services to newcomers, often in collaboration with schools:
    • Maples Youth Activity Centre – Offers leisure activities to encourage active, healthy living to youth 9-17 years old. The program runs in two schools and includes recreation, art, music, cooking and others.
    • Kildonan Youth Activity Centre – Offers recreation, art, music, cooking and other activities to youth 8-17 years old. Programs are offered in five schools.
    • Extended Day Growth Education for middle years – A program that operates in nine schools.
    • After school language classes (heritage languages and English as an Additional Language) – Offered to students who attend school in the division. Languages include Punjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Filipino, Cree, Ojibwe, Spanish, German, and EAL. Classes are from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
    • Wayfinders – An after school tutoring and mentoring program for high school students living in the Elwick community and Watson Drive. It provides opportunities for community service and financial support.
  • Teen Stop Jeunesse – Has various programs and supports for youth ages 8-18. They offer a Life Skills program (cooking), arts and crafts, computer lab, homework assistance, School of Rock mentorship, recording studio, leadership programs, a Youth Coop program (entrepreneurship), food bank, light counselling and referral services.

For more information on recreational programs for children and youth in Winnipeg, refer to this list: RECREATION RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL-AGED NEWCOMER CHILDREN & YOUTH

Article updated July 25, 2023.

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