Feb 20, 2020
Last January, the Gay Lea Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Peel Family Education Centre (FEC) to support the expansion of its Parenting in Partnership Program, an ongoing series of workshops, courses and meet-ups that address targeted parenting concerns or topics.
Since 1974, the FEC has served thousands of parents with programs to build stronger families through parent-to-parent education, support and training.
The Parenting in Partnership Program began to offer on-site parent information and support at two Brampton schools on select days, before and after school, in the fall of 2018. Since transportation and access to childcare can be a barrier to parents accessing FEC services, it was proposed to take the model further into the community.
With the Gay Lea Foundation grant, FEC expanded the Parenting in Partnership Program into local community centres, libraries and settlement agencies in the Mississauga area in the hopes of reaching a larger new immigrant population and offering practical parenting information. In 2019, FEC was able to provide the following programming:
“The grant truly helped us make a difference in the lives of parents and children in our community,” says Lynn Hand, Executive Director of the Family Education Centre. “At FEC our overall goal is to provide parents with the support they need in order to raise responsible, caring and resilient children. We would not have been able to reach 359 parents without your support.”
“The facilitator did not judge me for my parenting mistakes and I felt welcomed,” says a program participant. “I love that she [the facilitator] was a parent too; no book gets the frustrations like another parent does.”
About Peel Family Education Centre
The Peel Family Education Centre (FEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to parents and children, and to building stronger families through community-based parent-to-parent education, support and training.
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