F.A.Q.

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 motricity room, 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 to kizmet@wiaih.qc.ca
  • 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 2018.
  • The KIZMET Centre will begin serving the community in December 2018.
  • 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:
    • 25 minutes from Fairview bus terminal; 45 minutes from Dorval bus terminal.
  • 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.