Frequently Asked Questions
- The KIZMET Centre will encourage healthy child development and positive parenting practices to all families with young children in Sainte-Geneviève, Pierrefonds West and the surrounding communities.
- A place that will offer core programs to all families with young children, eg. Parent-child Drop-in, Family Support, Play-based Early Learning, and Reading Readiness.
- New facilities will include a gymnasium, play rooms, a multipurpose room, meeting areas, a community kitchen and administrative offices.
- Its mission will be to enhance child and family well-being by reducing the isolation of parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and will be convenient access point to other community services.
- Further research and in-depth descriptions about similar Resource Centres and their successes can be found at www.frp.ca (Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs)
- A non-profit initiative started by WIAIH, a local charity, supported by local authorities in the fields of education and mental health, and encouraged by local community leaders.
- WIAIH is a community organization and registered charity providing services, support and leadership to those with an intellectual disability or autism and 58 years of working with young children and parents.
- Responsibility for this project is assumed by WIAIH; the project is being quarterbacked by members of WIAIH’s Executive Committee.
- The primary spokesperson for the KIZMET Centre is Natalie Chapman, Executive Director at WIAIH. (514) 694-7090 #211, or send an email
- The KIZMET Centre will be an extension to WIAIH’s preschool in Sainte-Geneviève. The building and property are owned by WIAIH.
- Construction will begin in March 2017.
- The KIZMET Centre will begin serving the community in December 2017.
- Research shows that 70% of all mental health issues begin in early childhood and that outcomes may improve dramatically with early intervention.
- There are NO community services available to families with young children in the area, yet… Sainte-Geneviève is a vulnerable region of the West Island with 1 in 4 families living under the poverty line.
- Family resource programming is currently offered in thousands of communities across Canada and engages over 400,000 families every year.
- Research suggests that $1 invested in children aged 0-6 will save $7 in public health care costs later.
Did You Know...
- 70% of all mental health issues begin in early childhood. Targeted intervention before the age of 6 can dramatically improve child outcomes.
- Helping new parents develop positive parenting skills fosters healthier, happier family relationships.
- Communities that offer proactive resources for all families with young children are stronger.
- There are presently NO resources for young children and their parents on the West Island.
All West Island families would benefit from these programs and services at the KIZMET Centre.
- 1 in 4 children under age six live in difficult physical, social or emotional circumstances
- Canada ranks 27th out of 29 countries in investment in early childhood.
- In Canada, the lifetime economic cost of mental illness is $200 billion!
- For every $1 invested in children under age six, $7 is saved in future costs because:
- 84% less likely to receive social assistance
- 50% higher graduation rates
- 4 times more likely to be university graduates
- 50% fewer teen pregnancies
- 50% more likely to be fully employed
- 33% fewer arrests for violent crime
There is a 10% economic return on investing in early childhood.
- There are 400,000 families using services in thousands of FRCs across Canada.
- FRCs are proven to enhance childhood development and improve children’s lifelong resilience.
- FRCs generate vital family-to-family support networks and lasting friendships within the community.
There are NO such family resource centres in the West Island.
- The site is conveniently located next to a bus line making it accessible to all West Island families:
- 5 minutes from Fairview bus terminal; 45 minutes from Dorval bus terminal.
- The land has been purchased; building plans are being finalized; construction will begin in 2017.
- CLSC Pierrefonds has a greater number of vulnerable families on its territory than any other CLSC on the Island of Montreal.
- The KIZMET Centre is adjacent to Pierrefonds Central/West and Dollard North, where demographics show that its residents are:
- Over 50% families with young children at home
- 40% single parent families
- 15% families that earn less than $15K per year
- 40% families that earn less than $30K per year
- 35% children living under the poverty line
- 30% immigrant families
In 2015, it is estimated that 800 babies will be born in this area.
All families need and deserve young child & parent support! The KIZMET Centre will help parents raise happy, productive children, teens and adults and will contribute to a strong, cohesive community.