Program goals

  • To support new immigrant families to thrive and grow in their role as new parents within Canadian society and child rearing culture
  • To ensure that immigrant children have the same opportunities to succeed in nursery and school as non-immigrant children
  • To support the development of partnerships and culturally meaningful connections within the community
  • To support new immigrant families and the community at large in their process of adaptation and integration

Program components

Child focused:

Circle time with developmentally appropriate activities for children 18 months - 3 years.

Parent (Caregiver) focused:

  • Self-care exercise.
  • Round table discussion: check-in, concerns, identifying other urgent issues.
  • Topic of the week and discussion.
  • Guest Speaker: Resource/services in town.
  • Childminder introduces the activity that was done with children so parents could replicate at home.

Partners in Community

  • Public Library- Reading group for kids.
  • Public Health- Public Health Nurse and Healthy Baby.
  • Food bank- services and meal bags for participants after every session.

Program Topics:

  • Understanding the process being an immigrant and the implication it has on parenting.
  • Child development (social, physical, emotional, behavioral) and well-being.
  • Relationship between parent and child.
  • Brain development.
  • Language and communication development and strategies.
  • Mental health protective factors.
  • Play based parent-child relationship approaches.
  • Safety issues 0-3 years.
  • Screen time and devices.
  • Strategies to discipline.

Sessions every Friday

  • Weekly sessions for 12 weeks between January – March. Next group will start soon.
  • Location: Neepawa and Area Immigrant Settlement Services
  • Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Contact: Alexandra Lozada or Pat Martin