Community action program

Community Action Program for Children

Funded by The Public Health Agency of Canada, CAPC of Waterloo Region is a community-based partnership of parents, volunteers and service providers who believe:

  • children are an important priority, and
  • raising healthy children is a shared responsibility of the community

CAPC works with volunteers, community groups and agencies to provide programs and services for children from birth to age 6 and their families.

Children

The first six years are the most important for a child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. CAPC is committed to supporting children who need it most, to help them to reach their full potential. Through CAPC programs children learn, play and have fun with other children in a supportive environment. Families learn about and connect with resources in their communities.

Parents

Through CAPC Programs, parents and caregivers form friendships, share resources and develop skills. Families learn about and connect with resources in their communities.

Program areas include:

  • Family Education, Support, and Resources
  • Community Development
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy Child Development

Community

Through CAPC programs, communities are strengthened when neighbours work together.

CAPC:

  • supports affordable community-based programs and services, and community development
  • is an active partner in community planning and advocacy efforts
  • offers workshops and supports volunteer leadership development
  • focuses on prevention
  • encourages early investment in children so they get a better start in life

Programs

 

Busy Babies

A weekly, year-round parenting support and education program that also links parents to other resources. This program is offered at Trinity Church in downtown Kitchener and Knox Church in Waterloo. Children attend groups supervised by an Early Childhood Educator, while parents share in informal discussions, resources and a healthy snack.

 

Floradale Ladies Group

This is a gathering of Low German Speaking, Old Colony Mennonite women who meet and share a community kitchen experience, social activities and discussion of common topics. The children meet in age appropriate groups for school readiness programs.

 

Parents and Preschoolers

This program is designed to improve the school readiness of children about to enter Kindergarten. Parents share common activities and receive instruction on how to enhance their child’s learning experience. These programs are offered in several local neighbourhoods many, where thye residents may not have English as their first language

 

Outreach Workers Program

Funded by the Region of Waterloo Social Services and offerend in collaboration with Community Partners, Outreach Workers link families to community supports and help them meet their basic needs. CAPC Outreach Workers serve Woolwich and Wellesley Townships and the Erb West Neighbourhood in Waterloo.

 

Linwood Ladies Group

This is a gathering of Low German speaking, old colony Mennonite women who meet for sewing activities, parenting discussion and social purposes while their children (0 – 6) play, socialize and participate in age-appropriate and school readiness activities.

 

Families and Schools Together (F&ST)

A prevention-based program involving the whole family within the school setting, F&ST provides fun-filled activities that support parents, and strengthens the bonds between families, schools and the community.