Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) 25 Years Strong

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Community Action Program for Children Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families Community based program focuses on giving children a great start to life.
The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary of supporting children and families in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

Sponsored by Algoma Family Services (AFS) and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, CAPC is a community-based children’s program promoting the healthy development of young children from birth to age six.

November 20th is National Child Day, and in recognition of this and the 25th Anniversary of CAPC, events are planned for the District of Algoma.

The following is a list of the events planned for the day in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

  • Wawa EarlyON hosted by Superior Children’s Centre, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Dubreuilville EarlyON, hosted by Superior Children’s Centre, 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • White River EarlyON, hosted by Superior Children’s Centre, 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Elliot Lake EarlyON hosted by North Star Family Resource Centre, 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Iron Bridge Recreation Centre, hosted by All Star Children’s Services 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Algoma Public Health 8:30am – 4:30pm

Events were previously held at Mountain View Public School hosted by Prince Township EarlyON Echo Bay Community Hall hostedby Child Care Algoma. In Algoma, CAPC is delivered by Superior Children’s Centre, Prince Township EarlyON, Algoma Public Health, Child Care Algoma, All Star Children’s Services, and North Star Family Resource Centre/EarlyON.

AFS is the sponsor agency for this de-centralized project model. Across the district of Algoma in 2017/2018, collaborative partnerships across the district realized 427 volunteer hours and in-kind contributions of $78,907.

Although there has been an enhancement for new services in the 25 years of CAPC, there have been no increases of base funding.

“Algoma Family Services is very pleased to celebrating the 25th anniversary as the CAPC
sponsor for the District of Algoma. Since 1993,in Algoma, CAPC annually provides program to more than 1300 children and their families facing challenging life circumstances. Across the
 district, CAPC has formed partnerships within communities that strengthen local support for
vulnerable children and their families. As the CAPC sponsor agency, we thank our CAPC
partner agencies, and the many organizations they partner with to make the Community Action Program for Children a success.” said Brenda Clarke Manager, Community Services and Strategic Initiatives.

Quick Facts
The Public Health Agency of Canada funds 415 CAPC projectsacross Canadaservingover 223,000 vulnerable children and parents/caregivers in over 3,000Canadiancommunities each year. Local impact: 1107 families across Algoma 1354 children age birth–6 yrs.

Background Information
The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) is an
exciting, innovative, community based response to a national concern. It springs from the
awareness that communities are best positioned to recognize the needs of their children and
have the capacity to draw together the resources to address those needs.

CAPC encourages early investment in children so that they get a better start in life, are ready to start school, and their chances to participate fully in society as adults are enhanced.
The project offers a wide variety of programs, such as young Parent Resource Rooms, Supper Clubs and outreach to local high schools to support young parents’ continuation in school;Parenting Programs to assist in strengthening parenting skills and the parent-child relationship;Early Learning/Family Literacy Programs to enhance children’s school readiness skills; and other programs tailored to meet the needs in each community.

CAPC strives to improve outcomes for children (prenatal to age 6) living with parents/guardians who are young, have low incomes, are new to Canada and/or socially isolated. We do this by providing supports and services that enhance, or are in addition to, services available to all families with young children.CAPC Program information Stages of Childhood

For more information about any of the events taking place please call Algoma Family Services at (705) 945-5050.