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Nova Scotia CAPC Projects

Annapolis Valley-Hants Community Action Program for Children

Organization

Kids Action Program

Description

The Annapolis Valley Hants Community Action Program for Children includes three community-based family resource programs: Kids Action Program in Canning, Building Blocks Family Resource Centre in Kennetcook, and Chrysallis House Children's Outreach Program in Kentville.

Through these resource centres and a network of outreach programs, the project offers coordinated primary prevention services to families with young children in rural areas. Programs include play and music programs for children, a toy and parent resource library, and workshops and parenting programs for young and single parents.

Association of Two Parent Resource Centres

Organization

Bayers/Westwood Family Resource Centre

Telephone

Bayers/Westwood Family Resource Centre: 902-454-9444;
Parent N' Tot: 443-9569

Description

The Association of Two Parent Resource Centres includes the following centres: Bayers/Westwood Family Resource Centre, and Parent N' Tot Meeting Place.

Each of these centres has a history of providing support and learning opportunities for low-income and single parent families with young children. Parents are encouraged to help plan and deliver the programs and services offered at the centres, which include Parent N' Tot parenting programs, parent support programs, nutritional support programs, a prenatal program and infant home visits.

Cape Breton Family Resource Coalition

Organization

Cape Breton Family Resource Coalition

Telephone

902-562-5616 ext: 222

Description

The Cape Breton Family Resource Coalition operates as a network of family resource centres and programs across Cape Breton Island. Each of the four counties has a family resource centre; these are located in Sydney, Inverness, D'Escousse and Ingonish Beach. The goal of the project is to reduce risk for young children and their families in an area where services and resources are limited. The coalition offers a range of coordinated services to promote the well-being of young children including a toy library, group and drop-in play, early intervention and parent education sessions. A mobile van containing toys, books on parenting and child care resources provides information to families in more than 20 rural communities.

Child Help Initiative Program

Organization

Native Council of Nova Scotia

Description

The Child Help Initiative Program (CHIP) is a project of the Native Council of Nova Scotia, and community representation and parent groups are pivotal to its success. The goals of CHIP are to create a community-based family resource program and outreach services tailored to the unique circumstances of off-reserve rural Aboriginal families at greatest risk with children under the age of six, to establish a culturally sensitive board of advisors consisting of parents and professionals with experience relevant to early childhood development and parental needs, to design and offer culturally sensitive programs to assist families to develop skills and knowledge, and to promote community involvement in the development of solutions to problems facing off-reserve families with young children.

Dartmouth Family Centre

Organization

Dartmouth Family Centre

Description

The Dartmouth Family Centre uses a participatory approach to create a community that promotes the well-being of young, at-risk children and their families. The comprehensive family support program includes the following programs and services:  prenatal services, Baby Time, Parent-Tot, Nobody's Perfect, Basic Shelf and Collective Kitchens.

The Dartmouth Family Centre has received funding from other sources to provide early intervention and support programs for children with special needs.

Digby County Family Resource Centre

Organization

Digby County Family Resource Centre

Telephone

902-245-6464

Description

The Digby County Family Resource Centre was established in 1993 to provide a variety of programs and services to the Acadian, Aboriginal and fishing communities of Digby County.

Programs offered through the Centres include parenting programs and workshops, a toy lending library, a home visit and well-baby program, a children's clothing exchange, a teen parent support group, and programs for divorced and separated parents. The Digby County Family Resource Centre also provides outreach programs in rural areas.

Family Matters

Organization

Family Matters – Annapolis County Family Resource Centre

Description

Family Matters, a comprehensive family resource program, was established in 1993 to provide a variety of programs and services in the County of Annapolis with specific centres located in Annapolis Royal, Middleton and Bridgetown.

Programs offered at the centres include parenting programs and workshops, a toy-lending library, a home visit and well-baby program, a children's clothing exchange, a teen parent support group, and programs for divorced and separated parents. The Annapolis County Family Resource Centre also provides outreach programs in rural areas.

Kids First

Organization:

Kids First Association

Telephone

902-755-5437

Description

Kids First in Antigonish, Guysborough and Pictou counties provides services to parents, young children and families through three full-time family resource centres in New Glasgow, Antigonish and Guysborough, and a number of outreach locations throughout the tri-county area. The programs include School Readiness, Parent and Tot Drop-in, parent co-ops, parenting workshops and programs, Babies Best Start, and toy and book-lending libraries.

Staff are committed to strengthening the voice of low-income families, providing them with resources and support, and raising community awareness about the challenges they face.

Maggie's Place

Organization

Family and Children's Services of Cumberland County

Telephone

Amherst: 902-667-7250; Truro: 902-895-0200

Description

Maggie's Place of the Family and Children's Services of Cumberland County runs two family resource centres located in storefronts in Amherst and Truro. Both centres offer a full range of programs for children, parents and families, including a resource material-lending library, a drop-in centre, an information and referral service, parenting workshops and a program for the prevention of sexual abuse.

Memory Lane Family Place

Organization

Sackville Family Day Care Association

Telephone

902-864-6363

Description

The goal of the Memory Lane Family Place of the Sackville Family Day Care Association is to create a healthy early-learning environment for children and families. The centre, which began as a morning drop-in service and parenting session, has grown in response to community needs. It now offers programs that address the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development needs of at-risk children from birth to age six. The centre also provides programs and resource materials to reduce isolation and improve skills of parents, with a special focus on teen parents.

Mi'kmaq Child Development Centre

Organization

Micmac Native Friendship Centre

Telephone

902-422-7850

Description

The Mi'kmaq Child Development Centre is sponsored by the Micmac Native Friendship Centre. The Child Development Centre, which also receives funding from Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC), aims to create a supportive environment for Native families living in the Metro Halifax area while developing and preserving the Mi'kmaw culture. A Parent Steering Committee of parents and grandparents participates in developing the programs and services offered at the Centre, including a community food bank, formal caregiver support, intercultural training, parenting and survival skills training, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder workshops, and a resource and toy-lending library.

Parent Education Program

Organization

North End Parent Resource Centre

Telephone

902-492-0133

Description

The goal of the Parent Education Program of the North End Parent Resource Centre is to reduce social isolation, develop self-esteem and improve parenting skills of young mothers in two black communities in the Metro Halifax area. Programs and services are based on the needs identified by the young mothers themselves and include workshops on parenting, nutrition, birth control, legal issues, teen sexuality, and prenatal and postnatal care. Partnerships with service providers in the community enrich the program and contribute to staff development.

Parents Place – Yarmouth Family Resource Centre

Organization

Parents Place – Yarmouth Family Resource Centre

Description

Parents Place – Yarmouth Family Resource Centre is an informal neighbourhood centre. It was established in 1993 to provide a variety of programs and services in Yarmouth County.

Programs offered through the centres include parenting programs and workshops, a toy lending library, a home visit and well-baby program, a children's clothing exchange, a teen parent support group, and programs for divorced and separated parents. Parent's Place also provides outreach programs in rural areas.

South Shore Family Resource Association

The South Shore Family Resource Association is a coalition of three family resource centres in Liverpool, Bridgewater and Shelburne.

Organization
Family Support Centre, Bridgewater
Organization
Queens County Family Resource Centre, Liverpool
Organization
Shelburne County Family Resource Centre, Shelburne

Description

The Centres provide education, information, referrals and support to low-income families through a range of services and outreach programs. Families build on their strengths and learn new skills. The project's objectives are to promote family unity and healthy interactions between parents and children, to promote parenting skills, and to provide a nurturing environment for children up to age six with age-appropriate resources aimed at encouraging their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. These objectives are met through parent education and support groups, a nutrition program, child care services and play groups.