Children & Youth

The supports and interventions offered by our Children’s Programs help to mitigate the impact of domestic violence on children and build the capacity of children to overcome the challenges they face. WINGS staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the children and families living at WINGS and the Home Next Door.

Our trauma informed care and early education programs assist with emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges of the children, many of whom have suffered from trauma and PTSD. It is our goal to create structure and routine, so that we can reduce suffering in children, and support them in their growth and development.

Without early intervention and education, children who have experienced family violence are at increased risk to be victims of, or perpetuate, family violence. Our programs help stabilize the children and their families and offer a safe, caring, and healthy environment to participate in fun, creative, and educational activities while learning about one another.

Programming Includes…

The Rocky Forest Daycare & Out of School Care

The Rocky Forest Daycare and Out of School Care (RFD & OSC), which is located onsite at the Home Next Door provides trauma informed, quality care, in a nurturing environment. The Daycare is able to accommodate up to 33 children ages 3 months to Kindergarten, and the Out of School Care allows for 16 children, 6 to 12 years. The Rocky Forest Daycare is a Reggio Emilia-inspired, child-centered and child-focused daycare. Our early learning programs are carefully planned to tap into children’s expressed interests and fully engage their imaginations in our daily activities.
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The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the centre of its philosophy.

At the Rocky Forest Daycare, we utilize natural objects and found materials in our classroom as much as possible, to teach our children about different ways to be creative within their environment.

The Rocky Forest Daycare’s Hot Lunch and Snack Program continues to be a great success, with a special thank you to our funders for assisting with the cost to provide high quality, nutritious, and delicious foods. Canada Food Guide approved Hot Lunch, and nutritious snacks are served daily to children. The families living at the Home Next Door are challenged with poverty in addition to the direct and indirect effects of suffering from abuse. Many of the women are unable to afford the high cost of groceries and healthy meals for themselves and their children. The program helps to alleviate the financial pressure on moms to provide healthy meals throughout the day. In addition, the children enrolled in the daycare are provided with healthy food options and a balanced diet. The daycare staff ensure that there is increased provisions of fruits and vegetables. As part of the program, the children try foods from all different cultures which they very much enjoy, and food literacy is also incorporated.

We aim to reduce hunger for the children whose families are faced with poverty and food insecurity, in addition to the direct and indirect effects of domestic violence. Our Daycare offers trauma informed, specialized support that changes the lives of the children through education, nutritious foods, and healthy, playful activities.

It was extremely important to everyone involved in the creation of the Home Next Door, that the Daycare be located onsite. The Daycare assists the families by providing the children living at the Home Next Door with safe, trauma informed care and specialized early education programs designed to support the children’s growth and development in all areas. The women are able to return to work or school, knowing their children are safe. The onsite daycare removes the barrier of access to affordable, quality childcare, as well as transportation challenges to women who are healing and moving forward to self-sufficiency.

A lovely outside playground connected to the daycare is accessed year-round, providing children with plenty of fresh air and physical activity.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you and your family at the Rocky Forest Daycare!

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