Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network is a neighbourhood language learning program, and family resource network. The agency’s aim is to provide federally funded English classes with quality childcare, along with parenting and settlement support as close to home as possible for newcomer parents. The classes and programmes help participants develop English language skills and a social network while their children socialize in a safe and educational environment.
Mosaic offers a range of family programming throughout the year and throughout the city of Winnipeg. We have adapted programmes like Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting, and Nobody’s Perfect to be accessible for newcomers with low English levels. Our goal is to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada so that they can become active, participating members of their new community.
Many newcomer parents find parenting in Canada a daunting task. There are social and legal responsibilities that are new for them. Mosaic programmes focus on child and parent attachment. We emphasise the role that parents have as their child’s first teacher; and we honour and encourage newcomer parents to share the wealth of parenting information that they bring from their culture.
All of our family programmes are facilitated by trained and mentored newcomers. We currently have over 30 trained facilitators who can offer language support in 18 languages. We also offer programmes in first language whenever it is requested.
Our programmes are offered in a variety of community locations including in schools, churches, mosques, and community centres. We have a number of home visit programmes, bringing valuable information in to the home and reducing any barriers to access. We work in partnership with many different groups and organizations throughout the city, and respond to requests for programmes whenever, and wherever possible.
Please visit our website for more details.
Here are some pictures from our various programmes.