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Posted 11.26.18 in NewsBack

Community Action Program for Children Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families

(November 20th, 2018) The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) project, locally known as Great Beginnings, is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary of supporting vulnerable children and families. Great Beginnings, a community-based program dedicated to promoting the healthy development of young children in Muskoka and Parry Sound, is provided through Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands), and is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of CAPC and in recognition of National Child Day on November 20th, Hands and community partners are hosting special events for children and families. The following events, hosted in partnership with EarlyOn, are being held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, no registration is required:

  • Free infant and child CPR training; 10:00 am at the Active Living Centre, Huntsville
  • Parent and child learning session; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the YMCA Gravenhurst

Great Beginnings Prenatal Nutrition and Growing Up programs in Muskoka and Parry Sound provide supports to pregnant women, new parents and their young children. Great Beginnings supports include: meals at every group; healthy groceries for participants in the Prenatal Nutrition Program; education and learning; help making connections to other community services; social support; and, more.

“It takes a village to raise a child, and for many families, our services and partnerships are part of that village,” said Jennifer Gallant, Great Beginnings Coordinator in Gravenhurst with Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca.  “Hands’ Great Beginnings program, through strong service partnerships, brings a wealth of information to families; it’s a joy to see caregivers’ confidence grow and children flourish.”

A participant in one of Hands’ Great Beginnings programs comments, “Great Beginnings is a great group. We receive amazing and helpful information and social time.  I’ve been coming for a long time and love it so much.”  Another participant shared, “Great Beginnings is a great program.  We have lots of fun engaging with our children in crafts and songs.  I love the make-and-take days when we learn kid friendly recipes.”

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca’s Great Beginnings programs are offered in: Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, South River and Parry Sound.

Contact Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca at 1.800.668.8555 to register or to learn more about a Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca Great Beginnings program in your area.