First Steps: Early Child Development Settlement Program

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Being a refugee in Canada is undeniably difficult, especially if you have young children or are a caregiver of one. First Steps understands and aims to help you and your family settle in Canada through developmental support. First Steps goal is to support and assist newcomer families so they can gradually transition into mainstream services and resources.

How First Steps: Early Child Development Settlement Program Works

Learn about parenting in a Canadian context, meet other parents who share and understand the experience of raising children in a new country, and get the support you and your children need to succeed in the community and school.

At First Steps, you will be provided with:

  • Parent child drop-in
  • Parenting Support
  • Social interaction, bonding and play
  • Nutrition and health information
  • Mental health counselling
  • Fathers groups
  • And more.

First Steps also hosts the Mother Goose and  Nobody’s Perfect Parenting programs, which helps you learn about parenting in a Canadian context.

About First Steps
First Steps is a collaborative project operated by Options Community Services, DIVERSEcity Community Resource Society and Umoja African Family Services.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, United Way, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training, School District 38 and the City of Surrey.

This Program Is For:
Refugee families with children (0-6)

Type of Program:

Drop-in, support group, parent education


Government-assisted refugees or privately sponsored refugee families with children 0-6


Self-referral, Settlement Agencies



Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Karen, Spanish

Contact Info: 
Paula Church
Program Manager
208 -14888 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M4

First Steps Newton Location
201 - 7380 137 Street
Surrey, BC  V3W 0M7 (map)

First Steps Guildford Location Umoja
14888 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC  V3R 1M4 (map)