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.

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, Nova Scotia Health, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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 online 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

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Cape Breton Family Place Calendar

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june, 2022

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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

june, 2022

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

Baby Building Club

Baby Building Clubs (Group and Home Visiting) – A prenatal experience for expectant moms, this program is offered in a group setting in some areas and through home visiting in other areas. Expectant moms have the opportunity to talk with other moms and/or staff and share experiences along the nine-month journey into parenthood. Participant driven, group…

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Streetproofing Your Child

A session for parents of children who are entering school, this program focuses on understanding stranger danger and helping parents and children increase their awareness and preparation for the naturally growing levels of independence as children grow older.

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Common Sense Parenting

Discipline is a very complex issue. Quite often, parents may already have effective methods—however; one can never have enough tools, because each child is unique. This is a practical training program that shares with parents a wide range of effective, positive discipline skills.

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Personal Stress Management

This is a four to six week program for parents offering easy to follow steps that will help participants identify stress and healthy ways of dealing with it. Topics include Introduction to Stress, Stress Hardiness, Insomnia, and Productive and Unproductive Responses to Stress.  

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Storysacks

A story sack includes a good children’s book and lots of activities to bring reading to life. It is a fun way for children and adults to read together. Children play an active role as they work with the characters and materials that they see in the story. Story sacks are a great way to…

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Siblings Without Rivalry

A parenting program that offers parents skills to help their children get along. Participants learn and share how to deal with their children’s negative feelings toward each other, how to treat their children equally and still be fair, how to free their children from harmful roles, and how to respond helpfully when their children fight.

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First Steps Parenting

A ten week parenting program for parents and their newborns. First Steps is designed to help new parents with the basic parenting skills so necessary in that first year. Mom, dad and baby are encouraged to attend. Topics covered include developmental milestones, feeding, bathing and changing, illness, play, safety, infant stimulation, and stress. It’s a…

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A Simple Gift – How Learning Begins

A program designed to assist parents in understanding the importance of an infant’s attachment relationship with parents, particularly during the first year of life. It uses the ideas of attachment theory and research to focus on different ways that parents and caregivers may respond to infants’ cues. Negative emotions (anger, sadness, fear, jealousy) and the…

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Play Your Part Parenting

The program builds its foundation on the premise that what happens to a child within their first years of life will play a large role in influencing the path that they will follow as adults. There are a wide variety of hands-on activities, social support, coping skills evaluation, and on-site structured childcare. The program is…

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Volunteer Training Programs

In order to involve as much of the community as possible in the programs and services of Family Place, we have implemented structured training programs for volunteers. The six training sessions and the user manual provided will allow for greater participation of volunteers in the activities of the Centre. Both group and individual programs are…

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