What We Do
Strive Niagara provide exceptional learning environments for young families by delivering the highest standard of service and stewardship of resources.
Through education and support, Strive Niagara empowers young families so that they can make informed healthy decisions, to transform their lives.
Centre Based Child Care
We provide quality licensed child care in St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls. All child care staff are registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE’s). We offer care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. RECE’s demonstrate a thorough knowledge of child development theories. They use this knowledge to plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning strategies.
For many young mothers it is not possible to return to a regular mainstream school with the added responsibilities of an infant. The Outreach class is an informal program offering personalized academic and parenting support where you can achieve high school credits. As part of the Outreach Program, Strive also supports expectant students in their last trimester.
Strive has a qualified resource consultant on staff. The Resource Consultant recognizes children’s unique characteristics, and assesses the resources necessary to adapt the early learning environment to suit the child. They recognize that child development milestones and behaviors vary and they acknowledge and respect those differences.
Strive strives to establish and maintain reciprocal relationships with the young student parent and their children under the professional supervision of the agency. These relationships are based on trust, openness and respect for confidentiality. Strive Niagara collaborates with community partners, the District School Board of Niagara and families by exchanging knowledge and sharing practices and resources.
Young Fathering Program
This drop-in program is designed to support young dads in Niagara between the ages of 14 – 25 years. Dads receive information and materials at the meetings from Dad Central Ontario, a resource development organization, from public health on a variety of issues, child development and activities to do with their child. Dads receive information about how to care for children, and have an opportunity to open up about fatherhood. The program runs in St. Catharines from 5:00 – 7:00 one night per week.