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Check Out Family Resource Programs Across Nova Scotia

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon / November 21, 2022

Family Place is part of a large network of Family Resource programs operating across Canada.  We are excited to share with you a new website that showcases our wonderful companion programs across the province.  Take a few moments and check out our neighbours on mainland Nova Scotia.  See something you like?  See something that peeks…

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Happy Diwali

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon / October 22, 2022

History and Significance of Diwali Although, there are no official records stating the origin of Diwali; among many legends about this festival, one thing is common — the triumph of good over evil. It would be apt to say that different parts of the nation celebrate this day for different reasons. The northern part of…

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Seasonal Health and Safety Reminders

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon / October 22, 2022

Healthy Tips to Keep in Mind During the Upcoming Holiday Season Wear your mask if you are going to be indoors or around a crowd of people.  It will help keep the spread of COVID down. Be certain to stay up-to-date with recommended vaccinations. Wash your hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and…

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Celebrate National Child Day on November 20

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon / October 21, 2022

Did you know that National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993?  It is a special day that is set aside to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of two documents centered on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights…

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Fall Programs are Buzzing with Activity

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon / September 28, 2022

Our Fall Programming schedules are set and we have loads of exciting programs and services to offer you.  No matter where you are located around the Island, our staff are ready to engage with you and your family.  We are offering lots of programs and services to support you as parents and caregivers – and…

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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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Social Determinants of Health and Government Strategy Links Added to Website

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon / October 16, 2012

Social Determinants of Health Research and Government Strategies – Keeping Ourselves Informed If you check under the Understanding the Early Years Tab you will see a few new web pages that have recently been added to our site. The first of these pages is a page dedicated to sharing resources connected to the Social Determinants…

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Events & activities across Cape Breton Island

february, 2023

Programs offered by the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre

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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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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Tools for a Healthy Family

A program that helps parents build and share the parenting skills they have as well as learn new skills for living a healthy lifestyle. Components include physical activity, low cost cooking, and stress management.

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Resource Libraries and Clothing Rooms

To increase community access to materials that help to meet the basic needs of young children and families libraries of developmentally appropriate books and rooms overflowing with children’s clothing are available for use by local families.

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Kids Have Stress Too

A six week parenting program that is designed to help parents and caregivers better understand stress and to help them teach their children ways to manage it.  

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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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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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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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Play with a Purpose

This early literacy program is six weeks in length. Children need a whole foundation of knowledge before they are ready to read. Parents, teachers, or caregivers and their children (0-6) have an opportunity to focus on boosting their child’s language development and literacy skills. Children and adults will listen to a story, practice the concepts…

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Family Place Mother Goose Program

Group experiences for parents, child care providers, babies and young children focusing on the pleasure and power of sharing rhymes, songs, and stories together. So much learning takes place while focusing on fun for all – laughing, playing and listening to stories. The program offers an opportunity to further develop parent-child attachment and positive bonding.

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Research and Results

CAPC and CPNP: Sowing the Seeds for Enhanced Capacity in Atlantic Canada

This report synthesizes the results from the CAPC and CPNP project evaluation reports submitted to PHAC Atlantic in 2005. It specifically looks at how creating supportive environments and providing opportunities for participation and involvement enhances capacity-building at the individual, project and community levels. Qualitative data from a selection of 30 reports were broken into meaningful…

At the Heart of Our Work:  The Theoretical Framework and Core Elements of the Reporting and Evaluation System for CAPC and CPNP in Atlantic Canada

At the Heart of Our Work is a product of an ongoing, participatory process with parents, staff, volunteers, community partners, provincial and federal government representatives, evaluators and researchers associated with the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) and the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) in Atlantic Canada. The purpose of the document is to outline a…