Summer Camp Program
PCP offers an exciting summer day camp for children 6 to 12 years of age. The camp runs for six weeks every July and August from Mondays to Fridays. A daycare service is also offered before and after camp each day, if needed. PCP sees summer camp as an opportunity to have newcomers and those isolated in our community be introduced to places of interest in the city of Montreal and its surroundings. Our camp is a place for children to make new friends and create lifelong memories in a safe and supportive environment.
On the last Friday of each month, PCP provides an affordable, full course meal in a desire to bring together various members of the community in a casual, convivial setting. We also invite story-tellers and musicians to provide entertainment for children at each community lunch.
Tots & Talks Program
This program is offered to young mothers who have children under 5 years of age. The goal of the program is to:
Work progressively towards the natural break between mother and child
Practice parenting skills
Foster the development of a support network
Facilitate informal discussions on various topics of concern to mothers
Youth Mental Health Promotion Programs
PCP's Preschool program is offered to children 3 to 5 years of age and gives them a safe and stimulating environment to encourage their confidence and social development. The goal of the program is to help prepare children for kindergarten so that they can succeed in school. The activities of the program are aimed at developing social, linguistic, emotional, cognitive, and organizational skills.
Through play, each child learns to communicate, to establish relationships with others, to discover their individual personalities, to gradually develop their autonomy, to encourage their curiosity about the world, and to follow routines in accordance with the rules of the class.
In addition, we work closely with parents to keep them informed about their child's progress, with the goal of helping them successfully prepare for entry into the school system.
Visiting Mothers Program
PCP's Visiting Mothers program is an initiative offered to new mothers referred to us by various CLSCs in the West Island. Our visiting mothers are “twinned” with other mothers to offer support and the benefit of their experience. Services provided include babysitting (respite), information on available community resources, tips on parenting and community outings, as well as overall companionship and moral support.
PCP has long recognized the critical importance of creating initiatives to support healthy young minds. We are involved in three (3) dynamic, related programs:
In partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Headstrong is an annual summit that brings together various schools from across Montreal to explore mental health issues and teach students from 12 to 18 years of age how to reduce stigma and become mental health champions in their schools.
Club d'amitié / Friendship Club
Student-led groups in various schools, involving the support of PCP, encourage students to employ their own initiative and creativity in using School Based Activity Toolkits to hold mental health awareness and education activities for their entire schools throughout the year.
Anges de la Cour
With instances of violence and bullying on the rise in schools, this program seeks to reduce instances of violence in the schoolyard through conflict management and empowerment. Students in grades 5 and 6 are trained to become activity animators as well as leaders in conflcit management. The goals of the program are to:
Reduce the use of violence through conflict management
Promote mutual help and respect
Develop a sense of belonging
Develop social, collective and personal skills through structured activities
PCP's Motiv-Action after-school program serves students 6 to 12 years of age by providing academic, linguistic and social support. The goals of the program are to help students become more autonomous in their homework assignments, and develop better social skills through group activities. We also work closely with school officials to monitor and address issues of students' academic performance, as well as help foster parental involvement in the education of their children.
PCP's Community Kitchen is offered every Friday morning in PCP's fully-equipped onsite kitchen. In a safe and welcoming environment, we bring together various members of our diverse community and provide the opportunity to learn new recipes, share valuable information, make new friends, and leave with a new and delicious meal for their family and friends.
PCP's Arts Club provides kids with a terrific opportunity to express themselves in fun and creative ways. Of course, one of the program goals is to learn about various forms of artistic expression, but other equally important goals involve socialization, collaboration, self-confidence and self-awareness.
Beginning in January 2021, Projet Communautaire de Pierrefond's new Saturday Improv program will offer students the opportunity to learn about and sharpen their improv skills, taught by an accredited improv instructor. In addition to having unexpected fun, the improv classes will be designed to strengthen self-esteem, sensitivity to and awareness of others, as well as greater empathy and understanding of others.
Projet Communautaire de Pierrefonds (PCP) offers a wide selection of programs and services devoted to supporting pre-school children, primary school students, new, single and isolated moms, and various families seeking support, guidance, information, and a sense of belonging.
Our programs are carefully designed to:
build bridges of awareness and understanding
develop friendships and reduce loneliness
foster greater community spirit
encourage greater confidence, resilience and autonomy
PCP's unique programs also promote positive mental health among vulnerable children, students and families. Now, more than ever, our efforts will continue to grow in this critical area through service expansion into more schools and community organizations, as well as via online workshops and training programs.
Check out our specific programs below or please contact us for more information.