FCSS has five guiding principles that are fundamental to program success: prevention, volunteerism, community development, local autonomy and accountability. Leduc County FCSS develops locally-driven, preventive social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
The Government of Alberta provides funding to Leduc County FCSS for Family Connections, Early Childhood Resource program, Leduc Regional Parent Link Centre and Bridges FASD Mentor program. These services are also available to the Town of Beaumont and the City of Leduc.
Leduc County contributes to 211 Alberta, a phone service and online resource directory which is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. 211 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people to a full range of non-emergency social, health and government services in the community. Certified information and referral specialists answer each call and assess the needs of each caller and link them to the best available information and services. Contact 211 by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone.
Bridges FASD Mentor Program is a support program for adult men and women who have strong indicators for or a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The program provides support for three years to help stabilize the lives of affected men, women and their children, and aims to teach and model appropriate daily life management and skills. The program is designed to stabilize the client's life, reduce the number and severity of the secondary disabilities which often accompany FASD and work with community partners and regional community resources to develop and implement services.
This free and voluntary service is available to residents of Leduc County, Leduc, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and Devon.
Christmas Elves is a county-wide program that provides hampers and gifts to families, helping them experience a joyful holiday season — something they may not be able to do without a little help from the community. Over the years, Christmas Elves has been adapted for each community within Leduc County based on local needs and resources available.
The Christmas Elves program is available to residents in rural Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg. Leduc County works in partnership with the City of Leduc and the towns of Beaumont and Devon. To volunteer, donate (food, gifts or money) or to refer someone for a hamper, contact your local community coordinator.
Counselling subsidy is available to all residents of Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and the Graminia area of Parkland County who do not have access to an employee insurance benefit plan, and whose family income is less than $75,000 a year. Fees are determined according to a sliding scale, based on family income level and family size.
Individual, couples and family counselling services are provided by Karunia Counselling and Family Counselling Centres at their offices in the City of Leduc. Equine Assisted Therapy is also offered by Family Counselling Centres in Leduc County.
Counselling may be sought for a variety of concerns, such as assistance with relationship issues, communication issues, marriage preparation, parenting support, anger management and mental health.
The Early Childhood Resource program provides support and services to families and early learning and care professionals of children up to six years old. The program is available to residents of Leduc County, the City of Leduc, the towns of Beaumont, Devon, Calmar and Thorsby and the Village of Warburg.
Support for families
The development and/or behavior of young children (0 to six years) is sometimes difficult to understand and can leave families and caregivers feeling confused. The Early Childhood Resource program is committed to working with families to identify strengths and address concerns and aims to make a difference by providing child-focused home visits, developmental screenings, Information on child development and guiding behavior, support with strengthening social skills, family-centered services, referrals and resources.
Support for community agencies
Leduc County provides a variety of programming and professional development support for any agency or persons working with children up to six years of age, including child development information, program observation, ages and stages questionnaires, workshops, professional development events and an annual appreciation night.
Leduc County's YHA program provides youth with leadership, mentorship and volunteerism opportunities. The program is based on the 40 Developmental Assets® developed by the SEARCH Institute. In this program, youth between 13 and 17 years of age will learn about healthy decision-making and stress management. This training builds positive self-esteem, and youth participants will be invited to join the YHA Youth Mentors Team. Youth 18 to 25 years of age will learn to develop goal-setting skills to reach their potential and follow their dreams. Resiliency strategies support youth through life stressors and youth participants will be invited to join the YHA Youth Mentors Team.
The YHA Youth Mentors Team for 13 to 25 years olds meets the last Thursday of each month at Leduc County Centre. This leadership group plans, organizes and volunteers in communities in the Leduc County region, demonstrating positive youth action. Community recognition for volunteer hours is provided.
The Family and Youth Support Services program offers short-term emotional support for individuals and families, and aims to build on their strengths in life to help them cope and be resilient. This support is free, voluntary and can take place in a variety of settings over six goal-oriented, skill-building sessions.
Family support workers will assist individuals and families to develop or enhance organizational skills, conflict resolution and problem solving skills; communication skills, healthy relationship-building skills, friendship skills and positive self-esteem.
RAINBOWS is an international program for children and youth between the ages of four and 18 years of age who are grieving as a result of a significant change in their lives, such as divorce/separation, death of a loved one, multiple moves or a parent working away, facing illness or being incarcerated. RAINBOWS helps young people to better understand and adapt to the changes in their lives through fun activities, games and discussions.
Programs are offered for all children and youth with intake accepted for all programs on an ongoing basis.
The Family Connections Home Visitation Program is an ongoing, long-term support program for parents who are either expecting or have had their first child within the past year. It is a free and voluntary program offered in partnership with the Beaumont, Leduc and Thorsby public health centres, and is available to parents in Beaumont, Leduc, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and rural Leduc County.
The program is designed to support parents who would like some extra help to answer questions and address concerns, provide parenting tips and model hands-on activities with the child. The program is provided in the parents' home or in the community and aims to enhance parenting skills and family stability through providing information about child development, health and other aspects of family life.
In addition to parenting support, the Family Connections Home Visitation Program provides support for other issues that may directly or indirectly impact healthy family functioning and parenting. Information about other community resources and support to connect with those resources is provided to families.
Parent Link is an initiative of Human Services and is designed to support parents in their role as children's first and most influential teachers. Parent Link Centres and programs are resources parents can access with their children to meet other parents, participate in play with their children, obtain information and obtain support to help with parenting challenges.
The playschool subsidy is available to residents of rural Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and the Graminia area of Parkland County. Applicants must meet the income guidelines and are expected to pay a portion of the playschool fees. Leduc County FCSS may take into consideration special circumstances and determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis
Gross Monthly Income
$4,500 - $5,000
$3,500 - $4,500
$5,000 - $5,500
$4,000 - $5,000
$5,500 - $6,000
$4,500 - $5,500
$6,000 - $6,500
*Family size is the total number of people in the family regardless of age or employment status. Income guidelines are based on gross family income.
Application forms can be obtained from Leduc County Community Support Services. Approved individuals will receive a confirmation letter and the child’s playschool will be notified and provided with a subsidy claim form. Subsidy will be paid directly to the child’s playschool and the parent will be responsible for paying their portion of the playschool fees directly to the playschool.
Seniors Services provides preventative social programs to assist seniors and persons with disabilities to maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life. Seniors Services works with community partners to provide necessary support to allow people to live as independently as possible.
Seniors Services manages the Outreach Home Support and Home Help programs, and provides one-to-one support to connect seniors and persons with disabilities to available resources in their communities.To be eligible for the Outreach Home Support or Home Help programs, an individual must be an adult or senior with a disability or inability to complete household tasks. Eligibility for program subsidy will be assessed based on age, annual income and ability to complete household tasks.
Outreach Home Support
Outreach Home Support is a light housekeeping service that can be accessed on a weekly or monthly basis and includes services such as general household cleaning, assistance with laundry, assistance with errands and meal preparation.
The Home Help program can be accessed for assistance with heavier cleaning chores within the home, such as waxing floors, cleaning walls, shampooing carpets or defrosting freezers. This program runs from March 1 to June 30 and from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15.
The volunteer income tax program helps low-income individuals and seniors throughout Leduc County and in Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg complete basic income tax returns for free, with the help of trained volunteers. This program does not complete complex returns for individuals who are deceased, bankrupt or who have any type of business, farm or rental income.