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Our Kids Count (OKC) is a community-based program that works with families whose children are 6 and under. At present, OKC offers programs at our Westfort Family Resource Centre (Hope Christian Reformed Church) located at 1315 Crawford Avenue (Phone 346-6863) and our new McKenzie Street Site located at 704 McKenzie Street.
Only a limited number of the following programs are offered at each site. Please call to see which programs are running at your site during the Fall, Winter, or Spring sessions. Free Child Care is provided while the parent is participating in OKC programs.
Share in menu planning and cooking with your peers and take home meals for your family.
Get together with other parents and their children to share in a time of play and creative activities offered by Early Childhood Educators. Parents are responsible for their own children.
Program Participant Advisory Committee
Meet regularly, throughout the year, with neighbors to plan activities for families in your community and support programs offered by Our Kids Count.
All the Programs offered under parenting support are led by trained group leaders. Learn more about such things like your child’s development; positive discipline; building your child’s self-esteem and taking time for yourself.
This program provides an opportunity for pre-natal and post-natal young parents who are usually under the age of 21 to get together and share ideas and learn new skills. They are supported by the Young Parents Program Coordinator.
A nurse is available to pregnant or new moms needing information and support on prenatal care, labor, birth, care of the newborn and breastfeeding. You can arrange to meet her at one of our sites or main office. Individual home visits can also be arranged. Call Terrie at 623-0292 Ext#222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you feeling isolated? Would you like to know what resources are available for you here in Thunder Bay? We can match you up with a resource mom to provide one-on-one support in your home. This program runs year round.
A family counselor is available to provide free, community-based, short-term counseling to individuals and families. Free childcare provided during appointments. Please call 623-0292 ext.225 for an appointment.
- Nutritional snacks are provided at all programs
- Participants attending a prenatal program will receive a food certificate with which they can purchase such items as bread, fruit, and vegetables
Workshops on parenting for couples, budgeting, and fatherhood will be available as the need arises. If interested please call the OKC office at 623-0292.
All Programs run from September to June unless otherwise noted.