About Us & How PACT Works...
Parents And Children Together (PACT) has been in Calgary since the 1970's, originally
known to many as Observation Nurseries. We are a non-profit preschool/playgroup for
you and all your children ages 0 - 5. Attendees participate in two program
components: a caregiver discussion group, and the children’s program.
While half of the caregivers meet in the discussion groups, the other half spend the
session involved in the children's playgroup!
In the discussion group, our parent mentors (who are some of the best in Calgary)
offer information, support, and encouragement to caregivers on a variety of topics
Ages and Stages of Development and Growth
Observation Skills and Play
Effective, Respectful Discipline
Fostering Self-Esteem and
In the playgroup, children are offered a variety child-directed play experiences. This is facilitated by a qualified children's play coordinator. The socio-dramatic play encourages brain growth in toddlers and preschoolers through make-believe (roles, objects, and events). This helps to develop language skills, allows for expression of feelings, and provides opportunities for social interaction.
The caregivers alternate weeks, spending one week with the children and one week with the adults in the discussion group. At the end of the morning, all parents and children come together and participate in a song/story time lead by the PACT staff.
PACT supports the 'true toy' revival - at each location toys include such items as play-dough, painting, floor toys, dress-up clothes, books, puzzles, building blocks, toy kitchens and house centres, and other toys that require some imagination and make-believe to use. The play-time also gives parents an opportunity to observe their children at play and a wonderful chance to share song and story time together each morning.
Come along, have a coffee, socialize, share with the other parents, and most importantly, enjoy some quality time with your little ones!
This video further explains how PACT works: