Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
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:
- Teen pregnancy
- Social and geographic isolation
- Substance use
- Family violence
Through this initiative, the Public Health Agency of Canada funds 410 CAPC projects serving over 225,000 vulnerable children and parents/caregivers 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
CAPC provides $54.1 million in annual funding to community groups to develop and deliver comprehensive, culturally appropriate prevention and early intervention programs for vulnerable children aged 0-6 years.
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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