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Maggie's Place (Cumberland County)

Located In Amherst
Where To Find Us
Maggie's Place
11 Elmwood Dr
Amherst, NS B4H 2G7
Areas Served Cumberland County
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Phone 902-667-7250
Contact Barbara Hoeg, Administrative Assistant; Fax: 902-667-0585
Description & Services
Information The Mission of Maggie's Place is to strengthen and enhance the health and social development of children and their families, in Cumberland and Colchester Counties. By providing a variety of promotion and prevention services and programs, their aim is to support families through the preconception, prenatal, infant, early childhood and youth periods with an emphasis on the ages 0-6 early childhood period. They strive to strengthen partnerships and collaborative activities among families, service providers, communities and governments.  
Some of the programs and gatherings they offer include: 
Child and Youth Programs 
Kids in the Kitchen 
This program is offered during the summer months for children ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each age group attends two sessions to learn how to help make their own snack, and sample it when they are finished. The group also includes a story, art and songs, and promotes independence and pride in children. 
Transition to School 
The Transition to School program is offered during the summer months for children entering grade primary in September. The program provides preschoolers with an opportunity to practice the skills they need when entering the school system such as: socializing, following rules, team work, healthy eating, and fun activities.  
Red Cross People Savers 
People Savers is a Red Cross program designed to help familiarize elementary school-aged children with injury prevention and first aid knowledge and skills. It gives them the confidence to respond appropriately to emergency situations. This program is usually held during the summer months for various age groupings. 
Roots of Empathy 
The Roots of Empathy program is a well known program that promotes healthy relationships and helps prevent bullying. This program is offered each school year in two or three classrooms at the Elementary Schools in the Amherst area. Maggie’s Place staff members who are trained in the Roots of Empathy program make weekly visits to the classroom while a mother and baby attend once per month. Children in the classroom learn skills and develop empathy for others by looking at the world through the context of the baby and his or her needs. 
Family Programs 
POP-UP (Preschool Outreach Program Utilizing Play) 
Offered weekly, (from September to June) in communities throughout Cumberland County, POP-UP is a drop-in, outreach preschool playgroup for parents, caregivers and their children ages 0 to 6.The playgroup meets to create art, enjoy free play and participate in rhymes, songs, stories and finger plays. Children also enjoy a nutritious snack each week. 
A skilled Early Childhood Development staff is available to facilitate the group and to provide information to parents and caregivers on a variety of parenting topics as well. It is a great place to meet other families in your community and to have lots of fun! 
Times, dates and locations of this program vary, please check their calendar link on the website 
Once Upon A Time 
This is a weekly drop-in program held at the Four Father’s Memorial Library in Amherst. Children and their parents and caregivers get together to read stories, participate in songs, rhymes, finger plays, and have a snack. It is a great place to promote early learning and to encourage language development in young children. During this playgroup parents can meet other families, children can socialize with peers and parents and caregivers can benefit from positive interaction with their own children. 
Friday Morning Fun Times 
Each Friday morning between 9:30 am and 11:30 am children and their caregivers gather at Maggie’s Place to participate in a weekly drop-in playgroup. During the playgroup children and parents or caregivers participate in free play, circle/story time, create art and enjoy a nutritious snack. Friday Fun Times emphasizes the importance of play and positive interaction between child and caregiver for the healthy development of children. It is a great place to meet other families and to learn new activities, games, and stories to have fun with at home. The playgroup also allows children opportunities to practice social skills in a safe, caring environment. 
Alphabet Soup 
Alphabet Soup is a six week program for parents and preschoolers (2-5 years) to participate in together. The program that focuses on teaching preschoolers and their parents the basics of healthy eating through the love of reading rhyme and song. This program takes place at Maggie’s Place and occasionally in outreach locations.  
Alphabet Soup in Motion 
This is a six week program for parents and preschoolers (2-5 years) to participate in together. It builds on the Alphabet Soup program by integrating physical activity into the program agenda along with the healthy eating components. This program also takes place both at Maggie’s Place and occasionally in outreach locations. 
Parent Education and Support Programs 
Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program 
An eight to ten week parenting program, Nobody’s Perfect provides support for parents and caregivers of young children. The program addresses the specific needs of each parent in the group. Experienced and skilled facilitators provide information and lead discussions on: nutrition, safety, play, parenting skills, self-esteem, discipline, temper tantrums, nutrition, parenting styles, and health.  
Group needs are addressed in a sensitive manner. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to discover new parenting skills and to consider new strategies for coping with everyday challenges. The program is offered regularly at Maggie’s Place and occasionally in various outreach locations. 
Hey! Who’s In Control? A Program for Parents of Teenagers 
This is a nine week program that helps the parents of adolescents/teens to help themselves and their families through the transition to adulthood. Adolescence and the teen years can be a particularly difficult time for the whole family. Hey! Who’s In Control? Is a program that balances education and support by providing a forum for parents and caregivers to share their experiences. The program focuses on relationship areas such as communication, problem solving and problem ownership, discipline and anger management. 
Hey! Who’s In Control? aims to meet the needs of parents and caregivers, including those of teens who are involved in “high risk” activities. Parents will be encouraged to set goals to develop their potential as parents and to recognize their own parenting strengths. The program is offered regularly at Maggie’s Place, and occasionally at various outreach locations in Cumberland County. 
Maggie’s Magic Cupboard 
This program for parents is an eight week, community based food skills program developed by Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre and Public Health, where participants will explore how to buy and prepare low-cost nutritious meals. The program emphasizes learning how to get the most from your food dollar, food preparation and cooking, keeping food safe and overall healthy eating and nutrition. Participants will be offered a grocery store tour. Participants will learn and practice skills relating to food, cooking and budgeting. Each week the group will cook and enjoy a meal together based on a theme for the day. . The program is offered regularly at Maggie’s Place and occasionally at various outreach locations. 
Coffee and Conversation 
Each Monday, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, Maggie’s Place offers a weekly drop in designed to give support and information to parents and caregivers. They can come to exchange ideas, information, support, comfort and fun. Each week, there will be different topics such as nutrition, crafts, parenting, childcare and current events. Maggie’s Place staff members will lead this informal drop-in. A healthy snack will be provided each week during the session.
Hours Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Closed Daily from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm by appointment for chance only. Closed Friday afternoons from 1:00-4:30 pm. 
Closed Saturdays and Sundays, except for special programs.
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