Early Childhood

Norwood provides programs that strengthen and build the lives of children and their families.


We support the development of your child’s:

  • social skills

  • physical skills

  • language skills

  • intellectual skills

  • creative skills

  • emotional skills

Our program rooms are called 'communities' to include your child as a citizen of their space. They provide your child with a creative, positive play environment to build their skills.

While your child is in program you can meet with Norwood staff, attend parent education groups, or go to an appointment. Families who have a child in Norwood programs can access family support.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

ASQ stands for Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This screening tool gives you a snapshot of where your child is in their development based on their age. This helps us identify any development delays and most importantly, celebrate the milestones your child achieves. This tool relies on you as the expert about your child.

There are 2 kinds of questionnaires:

  1. Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3)

    • This provides you information about your child across 5 developmental areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving, and personal-social.

  2. Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ: SE-2)

    • This provides you information about your child’s social and emotional development.


Parent Respite Program


This free respite program in a child care setting provides temporary relief from care for parents with children birth to 6 years old including:  

  • Opportunities for parents/caregivers to take part in various activities, attend appointments, and take care of themselves. 

  • Respite from parenting in order to improve family functioning and stability. 

  • Children the opportunity to be engaged in a quality early learning program. 


Program Highlights: 

  • Learning through play approach 

  • Healthy meals and snacks 

  • Parent education 

  • Family support 

  • Parent/child activities 

  • Referrals to other services 

It has allowed us to see areas where we need growth and then using that to fuel our play and pick out what they need. We've made plans with staff on how to develop those skills which allowed us to get the tools in our home for the play that my child needed. I see the amount of improvement and it's amazing.

 - Project Impact Quote -

Head Start Program


Head Start is a FREE school readiness program focused on child development for children 3 to 5 years old. Head Start is offered in half days from Tuesday to Friday from September to June. 


This program includes, healthy snacks, health services, and free bussing.  


Program Highlights: 

  • Goal Setting 

  • Parent/Teacher Interviews 

  • Healthy meals and snacks 

  • Parent education 

  • Family support 

  • Speech and language therapy as needed 

  • Occupational Therapy as needed 

  • Referrals to other services 


* Children must be 3 years old by December 31, 2020.
**Families must meet the Low Income Cut Off (LICO) through Statistics Canada. Program entry is based on the Canadian Social Determinants of Health.


* For information regarding Norwood policies and procedures, please email your request to info@norwoodcentre.com

Head Start Norwood 

Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre

9516 - 114 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5G 0K7

Head Start Norwood Bussing Boundaries in orange.

At the beginning it was very stressful because I was leaving my child with someone I didn’t know. I had only let my family watch my child since she was born. No baby sitters. But my child needed to upgrade her English language and increase her social interaction. And now it’s at a normal level. I don’t have anxiety when I bring her here. And the fact that my child did increase in her language and all that, it’s kind of better for her to be here, and all of her milestones are being hit. My child also has a good relationship with staff and she wanted to come.

- Project Impact Comment -

Brain Builders Program

The Brain Builders Program supports the parents to learn how you can build your child's brain during their early years.  

Brain Builders will introduce the different developmental areas of the brain and how to support your child's brain development while finding fun ways to build the brain through play!  

An Early Childhood Outreach Worker will provide in-home supports to help practice what is learned and build on family strengths. 

Program Highlights: 

  • Goal Setting 

  • Parent/Child activities 

  • Parent education 

  • Family support 

  • Healthy meals and snacks 

  • Referrals to other services 

**Families must meet the Low Income Cut Off (LICO) through Statistics Canada.   Program entry is based on the Canadian Social Determinants of Health. 

Drop In Groups

These fun and free groups are created for you to participate in your child's learning and development. Drop in groups offer a wide variety of activities and resources. Groups connect you and your family with Norwood staff and other families in the north east and central neighbourhoods. 

Groups for: 

  • children birth to 6 years old

  • parents and children to play together

  • accessing parenting information and community resources

  • meeting new people from your community 

For details on times and locations, please see our current Programs and Services Guide on the Community Page.