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… the program here helped me understand that my children have a lifelong disability.  And how I could help them,strategies to change,help them change their behaviour and gave me information, written information, ammunition for the professionals and to help me try understand the professionals that don’t get it.

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CAPC participant, MB

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

What is CAPC?  capc logo

At the 1990 United Nations World Summit for Children, the leaders of 71 countries made a commitment to invest in the well-being of vulnerable children. The Government of Canada responded with the Child Development Initiative (CDI). CAPC is the largest programme of this initiative.

CAPC provides long term funding to community coalitions to deliver programs that address the health and development of children (0-6 years) who are living in conditions of risk. It recognizes that communities have the ability to identify and respond to the needs of children and places a strong emphasis on partnerships and community capacity building.

CAPC projects provide parents with the support and information they need to raise their children.

Programs include established models (e.g. family resources centres, parenting classes, parent/child groups, home visiting) and innovative programs (e.g. street level programs for substance abusing mothers.)

Who is served by CAPC ?

CAPC serves children living in low income families; children living in teenage-parent families; children experiencing developmental delays, social, emotional or behavioral problems; and abused and neglected children.

Special consideration is given to Métis, Inuit and off-reserve First Nations children, and the children of recent immigrants and refugees, children in lone-parent families and children who live in remote and isolated communities.

Guiding Principles

The common threads for all CAPC projects are the Guiding Principles:

  • Children First
  • Equity and Accessibility
  • Community Based
  • Strengthening and Supporting Families
  • Flexibility
  • Partnerships

The Guiding Principles are frequently cited by projects as the key to success and some of the theoretical assumptions behind them are so widely shared that they seem self-evident to projects.

How CAPC is Demonstrating Success:

  • CAPC projects deliver 1,790 programs in more than 3,035 communities
  • In a typical month, 53,872 children and 48,721 parents/caregivers participate in CAPC programs
  • CAPC projects have demonstrated innovation and expertise in reaching women, children and families who are most at risk:
    • 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
  • CAPC projects have developed mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide variety of organizations. On average, CAPC projects have 13 partners. More than 85% of projects partner with health organization,60% with educational institutions, 59% with community associations, and 50% with early childhood or family resource centres. One half of CAPC projects partner with child protection services.
  • Participants have been actively involved in program development, management, delivery and evaluation.Over half (53%) of projects involve participants on a governing body.

CAPC Financial Support:

Special thanks to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) which contributes financial support for this program across the country.