Programme pour les enfants de la Presqu’île

Supported by the Foundation from 2005 to 2013

The Foundation firmly believes in the importance of the overall development of the very young and actively promotes a preventive approach with children who live in poverty. We are convinced that early detection of problems that can impede optimal development is a key factor in children's educational success. It is for that reason that the Foundation has chosen to support the Programme pour les enfants de la Presqu'île (PEP).

The program run by the Fondation des enfants de Vaudreuil-Soulanges helps children in this region that is south-west of Montreal. It is jointly managed by the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Centre de la santé et services sociaux (CSSS) (clinical aspect) and the Comité d'action local de Vaudreuil-Soulanges* (administrative aspect).

The program's ultimate goal is to help local youngsters get off to a good start at school by providing a variety of activities for children from birth to 5 or 6 years of age. To achieve that goal, the program focuses on:

  • training practitioners in the use of various tools and programs, such as the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), Jeux d'enfants (parent-child games), Brindami (developing social and emotional skills), Vers le Pacifique 4 ans (conflict resolution) and ASQ (Ages and States Questionnaire)
  • setting up these tools and programs in different daycare services in Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  • evaluating the impact of the tools and programs on practitioners' practice and children's development
  • improving parents' knowledge of their child's development and needs from birth to the age of 5 or 6
  • early detection of developmental problems in children
  • improving the quality of services offered in daycare facilities through the use of recognized evaluation tools.

The first objective -- setting up the program in daycares in Vaudreuil-Soulanges -- has been achieved. During the four-year period from 2006-2010, the impact of the program on 500 children was assessed on an annual basis. The positive effects of the childhood development tools and programs has already been observed, particularly with respect to communication, overall motor skills and individual and social skills.

Feedback

"I've learned a lot from the practical informal talks given by the PEP program-things based on my experience that I can apply to my work every day."

Lynn Périard
La Passerelle
Shelter for women
who are victims of conjugal violence

"I believe that a program like PEP, that offers such excellent training opportunities, can really change the daily practice of educators for the better…and it's the children who benefit the most."

Geneviève Gauthier
Garderie éducative Enfant Cité

 

The following anecdote talks about the use of Brindami, a program taught to educators that helps children to develop social skills, express emotion and exercise self control.

Brindami training

Brindami training

An educator at the Garderie éducative Enfant Cité became emotional when she told us about a little girl of three and a half who seemed very unhappy following her parents' separation, but wouldn't talk about it. When the puppet Brindami visited her daycare, she greeted each child, asking "How are you today?" When her turn came, the little girl was able to talk to Brindami about her situation and express her unhappiness.

* The creation of a local action committee in Vaudreuil-Soulanges was the result of a major mobilization/consultation among partners from the region's municipal, educational and community sector whose objective was to pool their observations on the situation of children and young people from 0 to 24 in order to promote healthy lifestyle habits.

We believe

"We believe" is a short video that uses images to illustrate our constantly renewed desire to prevent poverty for the good of future generations in Quebec.

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