Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

From the Public Health Agency of Canada

The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) provides funding to community groups that promote the healthy development of young children from birth to age 6, who face challenges that put their health at risk, such as:

  • Poverty
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Social and geographic isolation
  • Substance use
  • Family violence

Through this initiative, the Public Health Agency of Canada funds 415 CAPC projects serving over 223,000 vulnerable children and parents/caregivers in over 3,000 communities across Canada each year.

Goals of the Community Action Program for Children

Improve healthy child development by:

  • Improving parenting skills and parent-child relationships
  • Decreasing social isolation
  • Increasing child self-esteem
  • Providing child-focused activities, such as preschool programs and play groups

Promote and create partnerships within communities to:

  • Actively involve the people they serve in the planning, managing, developing, delivering, and evaluation of their programs
  • Strengthen community capacity
  • Support vulnerable children and their families

Types of support

CAPC sites adapt their activities to meet the needs of the people they serve. Their programs may include:

  • Nutritional support and collective kitchens
  • Family resource centres
  • Parenting classes and drop-in groups
  • Child health and development activities
  • Outreach and home visiting programs
  • Specialized programs, such as support for mothers dealing with substance abuse

Evaluating the Community Action Program for Children

Funding

All funding for CAPC projects is currently committed.

Read about the Public Health Agency of Canada’s grants and contributions programs, how and why we give funding and who has had funding from us

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