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Expired Kimochis® For All! In-Person Orientation and Introductory Workshop – Edmonton

  • Orientation and Introductory Workshop
     December 8, 2023
     9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Alberta Home Visitation Network Association Presents:

Kimochis® For All! In-Person Orientation and Introductory Workshop

This full day workshop will introduce you to the Kimochis® tools that invite families and children to explore and learn ways to work through their big, and hard to have feelings, within any setting. This training will be valuable for frontline workers in programs focused on early childhood (0-6 years of age), in home, community, and school environments, as they support children, and build caregiver engagement.

What is Kimochis?

Kimochis is a noun meaning ‘feeling’, ‘mind’, and ‘heart’, in Japanese. Research has shown that social-emotional learning (SEL) programs that focus on developing five core Social-Emotional Competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making) to promote positive outcomes for children (Collaborative for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning, CASEL, 2003; Blum, 2005). This training will be valuable for frontline workers that run or facilitate groups geared towards caregivers, children, and/or other parent-child early childhood focused groups.

Learn about the Kimochis Characters and their SEL resources

Together we will learn about and explore the adorable characters, their teachings, and activities that you can bring to your programs and that children can then bring home!

What’s Included?

  • Each attendee will receive their own, full Individual Kit to become a part of their personal tool kit for working with families. This will include:
    • Various Feeling pillows,
    • A deck of Kimochis cards,
    • A Mini Character Kit containing: Huggtopus, Cat, Cloud, Lovey Dove, Bella Rose, and Clover
      • ECE registrants will receive Bug, Huggtopus, Cat, Cloud and Lovely Dove
    • A folder of printed resources/handouts
  • Access to the online learning portal including videos and more resources
  • Coffee, snacks, and catered lunch
  • There will be some door prizes too!
  • Certificate of attendance

*Important Information*

  • Each eligible Provincially funded Family Resource Network (FRN) Spoke programs who participates  in Kimochis Training will receive a full Kimochis Early Childhood Tool Kit.
    • Those programs who are not funded through FRN will need to invest in their own Kimochis Early Childhood Tool Kit or Feel Guide for their team, directly through Kimochis
  • Eligible Early Child Care Agency  that are Licensed Child Care Centre and hold active AHVNA Membership may receive an agency kit
    • Early Childhood Educators that are a part of a Licensed Child Care Centre that holds active AHVNA Membership can attend the training for free. 
      • No Release Time or Professional Development Funding is available for this training.

Date and Time

Friday, December 8th, 2023 from 9:00 am-3:30 pm 

Register by December 1, to save your spot!

  • The main session will include video training provided by Ellen Dodge, the Kimochis Feel Guide author, tailored to working with families
  • Exploration of major topics, reflection with peers and some door prizes!
  • Dive into the stories and key teachings of each of the 5 characters
  • Explore some of the activities and how you might use them with families


Edmonton – Nexus Business Centre, 11634 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 1V4


FRN: Early Childhood Spokes: Free

FRN: Home Visitation Spoke: Free

ECE: Early Childcare Educators (Licensed Child Care Centre and an AHVNA Member): Free

AHVNA Members: $375 (to cover the costs of materials)

Non Members: $500

Advance registration is required for all participants.

For more information contact the AHVNA office

#170-14315 118 Avenue

Edmonton AB T5L 4S6

Phone:   780-429-4787

Fax:       780-429-4784



Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees are non-refundable.

We encourage you to send a substitute if you are unable to attend the workshop, as there is a NO SHOW charge for all absent registrants. Cancellations need to be made ONE WEEK prior to the workshop date.

Should a workshop not reach its minimum registration requirement, it will be cancelled ONE WEEK prior to the workshop commencement date. Registrants will be informed by email or telephone, and registration fees will be refunded.