SFP is located in Kensington Prairie Community Centre, home to the city’s South Surrey/White Rock Early Years Centre where families can access local parenting and child care resources.
For nearly 30 years, Semiahmoo Family Place has been making a difference in the lives of young children and families.
As a registered charitable society and a member of the Canadian and B.C. Associations of Family Resource Programs, we believe in the five core principles of practice: family support, play-based learning, early learning & literacy, parent education & learning, and information & referral.
SFP drop-in programs provide a safe and fun environment for parents/caregivers and their children to connect through play. Our play space includes toys, equipment, dress-up, and art supplies for developing fine and gross motor skills and for imaginative play; program facilitators often make fresh play-dough or flubber for sensory engagement; and we offer a daily circle time with stories, songs, and puppets to encourage early literacy. Little ones can also enjoy physical activity, such as riding trikes and playing with balls and hula hoops, during scheduled gym, playground and field times.
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SFP is dedicated to helping families navigate the journey of parenthood, and supporting the healthy development of children. Program Facilitators are trained and experienced in Early Children Education development, and knowledgeable in local resources and services. We also invite community experts in postpartum health, literacy, infant and child development, and more to answer questions and provide information. Brochures, referrals and a community resource library are available on-site.
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History , Mission, and Goals
Semiahmoo Family Place (SFP) was made for, and by, parents and families just like yours. It started out as the exchange of keys between families looking for a space to connect and play, with shared toys and resources. These families came together to create the Semiahmoo Family Place Association, incorporated as a BC Society on June 12, 1991. Just a few months later, SFP received it’s charitable organization status (133974949 RR0001) on October 1, 1991.
Since then, SFP has grown and evolved, with the support and involvement of the community it serves. Moving from location to location, it settled at the heritage site of the Kensington Prairie Community Centre (32 Avenue and 168 Street, Surrey) in 2006.
Our mission: to connect families through play.
• To provide a comfortable, safe, stimulating place where all children can come together at no or low cost; to learn and to build social skills through age appropriate activities without segregating children by age or separating child from caregiver or siblings
• To reduce isolation of caregivers and children
• To provide learning and social experiences for children
• To provide equipment and supplies not accessible to most families individually
• To integrate all families regardless of income, race or social structure
8,200 children, parents and caregivers. 3,265 household visits. 982 hours. These are just a few of the numbers that reflect how SFP has served its community in the last year. To learn more, download our most recent Annual Report or see what they’re saying about us in the news.
In the news
- Active Saturdays launches in South Surrey – September 30, 2018
- $22,000 for new family-activity program in South Surrey – September 1, 2017
- Semiahmoo Family Place a star in Choices’ Christmas fundraiser – November 15, 2015
- Centre gets healthy boost – March 25, 2013