At the Early Childhood Family Resource Centre of Westmorland-Albert Inc:

All programs and activities are free and offered in both official languages

Our Mission:

"To promote the well-being and healthy development of families in our community by providing resources, programs and services that meet the needs of participants and their children from pre-birth to 6 years of age. "

Our Vision:

The Early Childhood Family Resource of Westmorland-Albert is committed to respond to the needs of children and their families to the best of their abilities. We believe that every parent and family deserve support, education and resources.

The team oriented staff of the Family Resource Center will work directly with families as well as in collaboration with other professionals and services, toward improving the quality of life of all children and families in needs, in their community.

Our Philosophy:

We believe that families are engaged when they are motivated and empowered to identify their needs, their strengths and resources. Our approach is to work WITH families as primary partner. We value the parents’ knowledge and encourage them to become resource for one another. Our Organisation is committed to help all families. Some programs and strategies will focus on reaching and supporting families who face challenges such as poverty, family violence or cultural diversity.

Overall main objective is:

To provide a continuum of prevention, education and support services from pregnancy to 6yrs of age to help improve the quality of life of families and the healthy development of their children in both official languages.

Our general goals:

- Develop a relationship of trust with families.

- To offer a caring nurturing and safe environment for families and their children 0-6.

- To promote positive parenting through education and support programs.

- To promote global healthy child development in partnership with parents.

- To provide culturally appropriate resources and services according to the needs and preferences of families from pre-birth to age 6.

- To promote healthy interaction between parents and their children.

- To offer space for families to meet and develop friendships and social support networks.

- To encourage initiatives and believe in the potential of each parent.

- Work collaboratively with other organizations and partners in our community to better meet participants' needs in our community.

What are CAPC and CPNP?

The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) was created in 1993 in response to Canada’s agreement to invest in the well-being of vulnerable children, made at the United Nations World Summit for Children in 1990.

CAPC sites partner with many other organizations to provide locations where families can connect with their local community and obtain information, referrals and access to public health and social services.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada Website

While every CAPC site is unique, they all share the Guiding Principles as their foundation:

  • Children First
  • Equity and Accessibility
  • Community Based
  • Strengthening and Supporting Families
  • Flexibility
  • Partnerships

The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is a community-based program that provides support to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies facing challenging life circumstances.

The goals of CPNP are to improve maternal-infant health, increase the rates of healthy birth weights, and to promote and support breastfeeding. The program also aims to promote the creation of partnerships within communities and strengthen community capacity to increase support for vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada web site

Mothers and babies

-Equity and accessibility

-Community-based

-Strengthening and supporting families

-Partnerships

-Flexibility