The Centre d’appui à la famille et à l’enfance, better known as CAFE (Family and Children’s Support Centre), will reach more and more parents and children across British Columbia.
Thanks to collaborations between local or regional Francophone organizations and the Fédération des parents francophones de C.-B., and to activities and resources being made available in various formats, even more parents and children living in different regions of the province will be able to benefit from programming specially designed for them!
Already, Les Petits matins, the popular drop-in activities for parents and their little ones, have started to expand! These informal gatherings, led by a resource person – offered by the Fédération des parents for several years at the Maison de la francophonie in Vancouver, as well as in Victoria, thanks to a collaboration with the Société francophone de Victoria – now also take place in Nanaimo since October 2022. Referred to in Nanaimo as “Les Mini franco fun”, they allow families from that area to meet and have fun together in French at the Association des francophones de Nanaimo.
And discussions are underway so that similar gatherings may expand to other areas in BC, including the Comox Valley and the Okanagan! Organizations interested in participating in offering these activities in their region are invited to contact the CAFE coordinator, Manon Golinvaux, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relevant webinars for parents
Since the virtual workshops offered during the pandemic have made it possible to reach more parents in more communities, and because participants seem to appreciate this format that’s more convenient for them, the CAFE is once again presenting a program of online workshops this fall.
A different theme is proposed each month: parental sensitivity, the emotional intelligence of young children, family safety while traveling, sexual health of children, etc., are among the topics that will be explored by specialized resource persons who can answer parents’ questions. Note that the monthly webinars will continue in 2023.
A newsletter so that you don't miss anything!
In order to make its diverse programming known to as many families as possible, the Fédération des parents launched a new monthly newsletter for the CAFE this fall. So, to discover monthly news, current activities, as well as the range of resources that the CAFE makes available to you, subscribe now by clicking here!
Did you know that the CAFE also has its own website, cafe-cb.ca? There you’ll find all the information on available resources, and even a calendar of activities and events in French for Francophone families in British Columbia!
The CAFE is an initiative of the Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique. The Fédération will continue to work with partners at the provincial, regional, and local levels who are also committed to making programming available for Francophone families.
In order to continue and enhance the CAFE programming, the Fédération des parents has received financial support from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, and BC's Francophone Affairs Program. The project is also made possible thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, as part of the national “Healthy Early Years” program through the Société Santé en français.