Raising a child is expensive
and challenging at the best of times, but even more so for
a single parent. All parents, but single parents in particular,
require comprehensive programs and supports such as child
care, education, health and wellness.
Early Learning Centre: St. John the Baptist/King
Edward School is home to one of four demonstration Early
Childhood Centres in New Brunswick. The Early Learning Centre
is a prime illustration of interagency cooperation. Child
care, pre-school, parent programs and additional resources
will be available this fall. For more information, please contact, Janet Powers, 646-2106 or 634-2908.
John Learning Exchange provides training and education
to adult learners from improving numeracy and literacy skills
to GED to Essential Skills to homework help. Over 300 adult
learners were assessed in the last year ready to participate
in some form of learning.
First Steps Housing Project has mastered the art of continuum
of supports to meet the needs of their young mothers including
on-site education and child care. Young mothers have successfully
completed high school curriculum and gone to college and
university showing that integrated services and supports
A partnership of First Steps Housing, Saint John Early Intervention, The Family Resource Centre and Vibrant Communities developed a demonstration project of trainned volunteers matched as mentors with young mothers.
Health and Wellness
The undisputed hub of the Lower West Side (Carleton Community
Centre) just got better with the announcement of the West
Side Wellness Centre. Services and supports to benefit those
living in the Lower West Side will be co-locating this fall.
Services include: specimen collection, the food bank, a
nurse practitioner, wound care, social development, and
the Neighbourhood Assistant.