The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) helps families with young children (birth to 6) living in conditions which may impact on their ability to reach optimal health. The program assists vulnerable families to increase both adult and child health, develop problem-solving skills and social networks, and to engage in their communities.
The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) assists pregnant women and new mothers living in conditions of risk. It aims to reduce the incidence of unhealthy birth weights and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and to improve the health of both mother and infant.
CAPC projects provide parents with the support and information they need to raise their children. Our programs reach women, children and families who are most vulnerable:
- 42% of CAPC households have incomes of less than $ 15,000
- 35% of CAPC participants were lone parents
- 38% of CAPC parents had not finished high school
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) aims to lower the number of unhealthy birth weight babies born and improve the health of both infant and mother. Mothers are also encouraged to breastfeed their babies.
In Ontario (2002/03)
- 35% of CPNP participants are teen parents
- more than 40% are born outside Canada
- 35% of CPNP participants are single
- 62% have an income of less than $1,000 per month
- 20.8% are under 19 years of age
- 42% have lived in Canada for less than 10 years
- 45% have a grade 10 to 12 education
- 14% have less than a grade 9 education
- 76.6% of participants breastfed for at least one month and 40.7% for at least three months
Keys to CAPC and CPNP success in improving the health of Canadians:
- Our programs are focused and outcome-based
- Our programs are responsive, innovative, and flexible
- Our programs are as unique as the communities they are in
- Our programs are unique from community to community
- Our programs take a preventative and systematic approach
- Our participants are an integral part of program planning, evaluation, and governance
- We partner with many other organizations in a variety of sectors to maximize the effectiveness and reach of our programs
- Together, we help eliminate barriers to participation, including help with transportation, low or free fees, help with child care and more.