The first six years are the most important for a child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Children and Parents Connecting is committed to supporting children who need it most, to help them reach their full potential. Through CAPC programs, children learn, play and have fun with other children in a supportive environment. Families learn about and connect with resources in their communities.
Parents and caregivers form friendships, share resources and develop skills through CAPC programs. Communities are strengthened when neighbours work together.
Children and Parent Connecting:
- Provides affordable community-based programs and services, and community development
- Is an active partner in community planning and advocacy
- Offers workshops and special events
- Supports volunteer leadership development
- Focuses on prevention
- Encourages early investment in children so they get a better start in life
In-home programming provided by CAPC Staff, supporting parents and families with children aged birth – 6 years. Home visits support children and families to reach their full potential through enhancing parent/child interaction, improved communication and connection to community resources. CAPC Home Visiting program aims to reach the families facing more isolation and potential challenges, who have not accessed programs and are not yet group ready. We also visit families from our groups, who need a little extra support for a short term.
A weekly, year-round parenting support and education program that also links parents to other resources. This program is offered at St. Peters Church in downtown Kitchener, where many families can access the program. Parents and children begin the morning with a Music & Movement session. Then children learn to socialize with other children in an ECE supervised childminding environment, while parents learn some of the fundamentals of parenting and share tips and resources with their peers. They also receive a heathy snack, free transportation support (bus, LRT) and learn about other local resources.
BUSY BABIES EXPRESS
An 8-10 week parenting support and educational neighbourhood-based program, which travels to areas of need throughout Waterloo Region. For this, research is enacted addressing barriers to service and population in various neighbourhoods and rural areas. CAPC staff connect with community partners to assess the optimal location each time the program is to run. Through this program, children learn social skills in a supportive childminding environment, while parents explore the fundamentals of parenting and share tips and resources with their peers. They also receive a heathy snack, free transportation support (bus, LRT) and learn about other local community resources.
LINWOOD LADIES GROUP
This is a weekly gathering of rural women, who meet at Linwood Community Center for parenting discussion and activities to build connections. Along with enjoying a healthy snack, families socialize and engage in fun activities together while learning about other local community resources. This group is run in partnership with EarlyON Waterloo Region and mainly serves low German speaking families – Old Colony Mennonites.
Additionally, CAPC staff partner with other Carizon program staff to facilitate time-limited programs such as the Circle of Security and the Connections program.
For more information or to register, please contact us at 519-743-6333 ext. 2383.