Welcome to Family Place

We are so pleased to be able to provide parents and caregivers with a wonderful array of family-centred programs and services throughout Cape Breton Island and beyond.

We are able to do so because of the great support we receive from the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Community Action Program for Children and Canada's Prenatal Nutrition Program.

Extending our reach to even more communities is possible because of additional support we receive from the Department of Community Services; the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. And our reach extends beyond the Island to the rest of Canada through our Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Union of Postal Communication Employees Special Needs and Moving On projects.

Because Family Place continues to grow and develop, and because parents, grandparents, and other child care providers continue to let us know what kinds of supports, programs, and resources will best meet their needs, our programs are ever changing.

We are now able to provide this information to you in an on-line format. Please check out our programming by visiting the county page that corresponds with where you live.  Our calendar can be found under the "events" section within each county.

All programs are not active at the same time, and all are not available in all areas.  Participants and other agency staff are encouraged to call their local office to discuss additional program needs and interests.

Please consider this your personal invitation to browse, call, and/or drop into one of our locations to meet us and share some of your family's time with Family Place.

JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon,

Executive Director

Upcoming Events

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mon20jan9:00 am11:00 amPlay Group - Sydney9:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon20jan10:00 am11:30 amStory Time - Port Hawkesbury10:00 am - 11:30 am ADT Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre, 304 Pitt StreetCounty:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:3-5 yrs,Family,ParentsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon20jan10:00 am12:00 pmHealthy Relationships Plus Program - Sydney Mines10:00 am - 12:00 pm AST Community Cares - Sydney Mines, 55 King Street, Sydney Mines, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:Fathers,ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

Cape Breton Family Place Calendar

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Lots of Exciting Program Activity

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | August 28, 2015

As vacations wind down, the level of activity all across the Island is ramping up.  We are offering lots of programs and services to support you as parents and caregivers – and to provide great early learning experiences for children too! Parents, grandparents, extended family members, caregivers and friends are all welcomed to check out…

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Teaching Opposites

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | August 11, 2015

Teaching opposites is an ideal way to help improve your child’s ability to communicate. The addition of descriptive words to their vocabulary will greatly transform the level of detail your child can convey – ‘soft bunny’, ‘big teddy’ or ‘little boy’. You can teach opposites to your child through a range of simple activities at home. 
Teaching Opposites with Games…

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Sled and Toboggan Safety

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | December 12, 2012

Sledding and Tobogganing   Ensure that the hill is free of hazards – trees, rocks, bumps, fences and bare spots. Do not sled on ice-covered areas. Ensure that the hill is situated away from roads, rivers or railroads and that there is plenty of room to stop at the bottom of the hill. Look for…

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Dressing for the Season

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | December 10, 2012

Clothing for Outdoor Play   All winter activities require warm, dry clothing. To prevent frostbite, children should be dressed in warm clothes, including: a hat and clothing made of tightly woven fibers, such as wool, which trap warm air against your body. A few lighter layers protect better than one heavy garment loose layers (an absorbent synthetic…

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Seasonal Health and Safety Reminders

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | November 25, 2012

Healthy Tips to Keep in Mind During the Holiday Season Wash your hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick.  Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Bundle up to stay dry and warm.  Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats;…

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List of Program and Activities: This Month Across Cape Breton

january, 2020

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Registration

Event Location

mon30decAll Daywed01janHoliday Break(All Day) County:Cape Breton Regional Municipality,Inverness County,Richmond/Port Hawkesbury,Victoria County,Victoria County - North of Smokey,Victoria County - South of Smokey

thu02jan9:30 am11:30 amPlay Group - Christmas Island9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Christmas Island Fire Hall, 8539 Grand Narrows HighwayCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

thu02jan9:30 am11:30 amPlay Group - Glace Bay9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT The Salvation Army - Glace Bay, 40 Union Street, Glace Bay, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

thu02jan9:30 am11:30 amPlay Group - Louisbourg9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Louisbourg Fire Hall, 7485 Main Street, Louisbourg, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

thu02jan9:30 am11:30 amParent 'n Tot - Port Hawkesbury9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Tamarac Education Centre, 57 Tamarac DriveCounty:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

thu02jan9:30 am11:30 amParent 'n Tot - Port Hood9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Bayview Education Centre, 133 Company RoadCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

fri03jan9:30 am11:30 amPlay Group - Whycocomagh9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Whycocomagh Education Centre, 50 Norman McLeod Road, Whycocomagh, NS County:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

fri03jan10:00 am11:30 amBaby Talk - Inverness10:00 am - 11:30 am ADT Family Place - Inverness County, 15792 Central AvenueCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 24 Months,Family,ParentsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

fri03jan10:00 am11:30 amRoots of Empathy - Louisdale10:00 am - 11:30 am ADT Felix Marchand School, 380 Highway 320County:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:School-Based Program,VolunteersRegistration:School Members OnlySchedule:Weekly,Year Round

fri03jan10:00 am12:00 pmParent 'n Tot - Margaree Centre10:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT Cranton Cross Road Community Centre, 206 Cranton Cross Road Margaree, NSCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

fri03jan10:00 am12:00 pmPlay Group - Bay St. Lawrence10:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT Bay St. Lawrence Fire Hall, 80 Money Point RoadCounty:Victoria County,Victoria County - North of SmokeyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

fri03jan1:00 pm2:30 pmRoots of Empathy - Whycocomagh1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ADT Whycocomagh Education Centre 50 Norman McLeod Road, Whycocomagh, NS, Whycocomagh Education Centre 50 Norman McLeod Road, Whycocomagh, NS County:Inverness CountyProgram Type:School-Based Program,VolunteersRegistration:School Members OnlySchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon06janAll DayProgram Planning Day(All Day: monday) All LocationsCounty:Cape Breton Regional Municipality,Inverness County,Richmond/Port Hawkesbury,Victoria County,Victoria County - North of Smokey,Victoria County - South of SmokeySchedule:One-session

tue07jan9:00 am10:30 amBaby Talk - Port Hawkesbury9:00 am - 10:30 am ADT Tamarac Education Centre, 57 Tamarac DriveCounty:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:0 - 24 Months,FamilyRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue07jan9:00 am11:00 amPlay Group - Sydney Mines9:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Community Cares - Sydney Mines, 55 King Street, Sydney Mines, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue07jan9:30 am11:30 amPlay Group - Judique9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Judique Community Centre, 5473 Route 19 Judique, NSCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue07jan9:30 am11:30 amParent Connections - Sydney9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue07jan9:30 am11:30 amParent 'n Tot - Mabou9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Mabou Fire Hall, 11287 Hwy 19 Mabou, Nova ScotiaCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue07jan10:00 am12:00 pmPlay Group - Black Rock10:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT Big Bras D'Or Fire Hall, 1390 Old Route 5County:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue07jan1:30 pm3:30 pmParent Talk - Sydney Mines1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ADT Community Cares - Sydney Mines, 55 King Street, Sydney Mines, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

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We are pleased to provide a range of family and community programs:

Book Bag Program

A family literacy program for children between the ages of three and five years of age along with their parents or child care providers. The group meets, reads a story together, and shares in a related craft activity. The program ends with the children selecting books to take home for a week and return these…

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You Make The Difference TM

A ten week program for parents to learn how to interact with their children in ways that promote the parent-child relationship and foster social and language development. The program provides reading resources to the families involved. Video taping is used to help show concepts in action. Participants receive a copy of their video tape at…

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

A six week parenting program that offers parents and caregivers effective and innovative suggestions on how best to communicate with children. Topics include Helping Children with Feelings, Engaging Cooperation, Alternatives to Discipline, Encouraging Autonomy, New Ways to Praise, and Freeing Children from Roles.

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Read With Me/Lire Avec Moi

Family literacy programs for children ages 3 – 5 years and their parents/caregivers. The program consists of story time, songs, finger-plays, crafts as well as a book and activities to take home and enjoy throughout the week. The program is available in French in the Port Hawkesbury/Richmond County area.

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Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Smoking Cessation Program

A 10-12 week program specifically designed as a harm reduction/quit smoking program for prenatal women and women with very young children. The program focuses on education regarding the effects and impacts of smoking, triggers, stress reduction techniques, readiness, etc. The program provides incentives by way of “free give aways” each week for participating women

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Tumblebugs Program

The Tumblebugs Program is a ten week program for children ages 3 ½ – 5 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for a fun filled afternoon that includes songs, rhymes, basic gymnastics and physical activity. Children and adults should wear comfortable clothes and a pair of sneakers. The program focuses on family-based physically…

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Music & Movement

This is an eight week active music and movement program for children ages two to five years. It promotes family-based physically active living. The program provides an opportunity for adult and child to participate together in a positive and fun early learning experience. Children learn to build on many skills such as listening, speaking, counting,…

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Handle with Care

Handle with Care is a simple interactive program to help parents and caregivers, including those who work in early childhood settings, to promote the mental health of young children from birth to 6 years.  Handle with Care is based on a number of important assumptions about mental health: Mental health, or social and emotional well-being,…

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Breastfeeding Support Group

Share and learn breastfeeding information along with other breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Our weekly gatherings include healthy snacks and social time too. Dads and/or other support persons welcomed.

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Maggie’s Magic Cupboard

This nine week program will provide participants with opportunities to share knowledge and increase skills related to cooking, eating healthy, food safety, and saving money on food. Participants prepare a full meal each week, participate in a guided grocery store tour, and are provided with a low cost recipe book at the end of the…

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