Organization Sponsor: CHANCES Inc.(Caring, Helping, And Nurturing, Children Every Step)


Program Description

BUILDING INCREDIBLE BABIES (BIB) is a postnatal group that is was developed with the new mother in mind. Build confidence in your ability to parent and have fun while you are at it. We meet as a group and discuss a variety of parenting issues covering topics that you want to talk about. Keeping healthy, caring for baby, childhood developmental milestones, safety issues, baby food making and lots more. Building incredible Babies for Moms and Babies 0-12 months of age.

CHANCES (Caring, Helping, And Nurturing, Children Every Step) exists to provide a range of child development and parent support services to children from 0-11 years and their families, particularly those experiencing additional life challenges. In the provision of a range of comprehensive programs and services. CHANCES Inc. exists to contribute to the wellbeing of children from 0-11 years and their families, particularly those experiencing additional life challenges. CHANCES offers a broad range of programs that provide a comprehensive continuum of support for young children and their families. 

The early years last forever.Dr. Fraser Mustard

Funding Sources: 

CHANCES receives funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada, the province of Prince Edward Island, the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, Medavie Health Foundation and private donations. In addition, CHANCES offers self-sustaining programs on a fee for service basis for families.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

CHANCES (Caring, Helping, And Nurturing, Children Every Step) is a non-profit, charitable organization. CHANCES is governed by a twelve member volunteer Board of Directors representing parents who participate in programs, as well as representatives from the broader community.

Impact Of Program: 

CHANCES operates a family resource centre that offers a wide range of programs and services for children, parents, and families. These include First Steps, Drop-in Play, Active Parenting, Community Kitchens, Parents Helping Parents, a volunteer program, a toy lending library, and a child development program. Community kitchens are offered in five locations throughout the city. CHANCES assists with transportation and child care and offers additional programs from outreach centres in Stratford and South Rustico.

With family centres in Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall, and staff operating at 13 locations throughout P.E.I., CHANCES responds to some 5,000 children and their families each year.

Evaluation Tools: 

This is an incredible program, my child has learned so much

Our son is so much happier now being part of a group

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The Program Offers:

  • Daily fun an creative activities that include physical exercise, outdoor play, music, arts and positive social interactions with other children that will allow your child to learn through play.
  • Certified Youth Educators who develop and implement creative programming on an ongoing basis to meet the needs of your child.
  • Nutritious snack enhances the overall experience for your child.
Length and Stage of Project: 

CHANCES was established in P.E.I. in 1993 with federal funding as part of a national strategy to address child poverty. The program has “evolved and emerged’’ over the years to offer a broad range of programs.

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