CHANCES (Caring, Helping, And Nurturing, Children Every Step) is a non-profit, charitable organization, that 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 receives funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada, the province of Prince Edward Island, and private donations. In addition, CHANCES offers self-sustaining programs on a fee for service basis for families.
CHANCES Inc. exists to contribute to the wellbeing of children from 0-11 years and their families, particularly those experiencing additional life challenges.
Key Components of CHANCES
Goals and Objectives:
- To enhance parents capacity to parent effectively.
- To provide opportunities to promote healthy child development.
- Engage in community capacity building utilizing a community development approach.
- Assist parents in better meeting the needs of their children and families.
- To continue to build a comprehensive continuum of support for children and families.
- To provide high quality early childhood development experiences.
Specific Program Areas
CHANCES offers a broad range of programs that provide a comprehensive continuum of support for young children and their families. CHANCES has a key focus in the following major program areas:
- Pre and post natal programs (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program): Programs offered in this area are to ensure a healthy pregnancy and support the young family with the transition to parenting.
- Best Start Program: Best Start is a province wide in-home visiting program for young infants and their families. Every newborn infant on Prince Edward Island is screened and assessed by Public Health Nursing to identify the families who could most benefit from the program.
- Early Years Centres / Smart Start: A full range child development, early learning and child care programs offered at five different sites including, Mason Rd; Ferry Rd; West Kent School; St Jean School and Prince St School.
- Parenting and child development programs: These programs are most often offered in a group setting to provide parents with additional information and support in relation to parenting.
- Smart Play: This is a before and after school program that promotes physical activity and supports that academic progress of the child. Families are also offered access to parenting information and support.
- CHANCES Family Health Clinic: A nurse practitioner led clinic offering primary health care services to CHANCES children and families who do not currently have a Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. Health care services offered include: well baby/well child exams and ongoing management of illnesses and chronic health conditions with a focus on health promotion and illness prevention.