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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august, 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

august, 2022

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

Parent Education Support Group

This supportive parent/caregiver group provides a relaxed, accepting environment where parents/caregivers share information, techniques and challenges, and learn new approaches to parenting. Weekly sessions provide information about specific topics concerning parenting or child development. Topic areas are determined by parent/caregiver interest.  

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Heart Smart Cooking

A program designed to help parents and caregivers learn how to make healthy food choices for their families without going broke. Recipes are shared, new foods are tried, and handy tips for stretching that grocery dollar are discussed. The focus is on healthy choices that are available within a limited budget.  

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Learning Language and Loving It

This program is designed to help facilitators understand a child’s language development and communication skills through interaction and information. Facilitators learn how to encourage children’s language development and communication skills in a fun and interactive atmosphere. Training involves up to eight group sessions plus video taped practice sessions using the techniques discussed.

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Emergency Preparedness For Families – A Common Sense Approach

A four week program that explores the reality of emergency situations arising in our communities and how families can become prepared by developing their own emergency plans. Over the course of the program participants are provided with a number of items to get their emergency kits started. Program also provides a handy listing of how…

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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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Enhanced Home Visiting

One of the key services of Public Health Service’s Healthy Beginnings program this program is available to parents of new babies who are identified as wanting and benefiting from some extra supports as they leave the hospital with their newest little ones. The program works with families during the first three years of their children’s…

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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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Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

Finding a partner was the easy part! Now, as a parent in a stepfamily, a parent faces a whole new set of challenges as well as all of the old ones. This program offered guidance and support on topics such as Coping with Loss and Healing, Blending Two Family Histories, Merging Values and Traditions, Setting…

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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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