What We Do

About Strive Niagara

Strive is a non-profit, social service organization dedicated to assisting and fostering the independence of young families pursuing an education through the provision of quality child care and other necessary supports.


Vision Statement

Strive Niagara provide exceptional learning environments for young families by delivering the highest standard of service and stewardship of resources.

Mission Statement

Through education and support, Strive Niagara empowers young families so that they can make informed healthy decisions, and transform their lives.

Centre Based Child Care

We provide quality licensed child care in St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls. With staff who are Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs), we offer care for children from birth to 6 years. RECEs demonstrate a thorough knowledge of child development theories. They use this knowledge to plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning strategies.

Outreach Program

For many young parents 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.

Resource Consultant

Strive has qualified Resource Consultants on staff. The Resource Consultant recognizes a child’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.

Support Services

Strive aims 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, NCDSB, and Public Health to exchange knowledge and share best practices and resources to utilize the best support for the families who access our programs.

Strive Niagara Outreach Classroom

In partnership with the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB), Strive Niagara provides an informal classroom environment in two sites across Niagara. This is a comfortable and safe place where pregnant and parenting adolescents can work on both academic credits with a teacher as well as psychoeducational programming with an outreach facilitator.

In addition, a healthy nutrition program is available at both sites. Both of our classroom locations are located within one of our licensed child care programs. The proximity of space between the young parent’s classroom and our licensed child care Centre allows for young participants to return to school after birth as soon as they feel ready.

To register for the classroom or to know more about the program, please contact:

Amy MarconiManager of Outreach & Community Engagements

Ph: (905) 735-2566, ext. 241
Fax: (905) 714-0337


Why We Offer This Program

This program provides opportunities for young parenting or pregnant individuals to be in a supportive, unique and non-judgmental environment that fosters community, acceptance, and the support to work towards their goals. By providing child care and other support we can assist young parents to work towards a better future for themselves and their children.


In addition, with our partners, services and supports include:

Counseling and emotional support

Parenting and life skills training

Goal setting

Vocational / career counseling

Niagara College Recruitment

Budgeting guidance

Crisis intervention

Academic credit

for high school graduates in partnership with the Niagara Catholic District School Board

Home visiting

health services and support in partnership with Niagara Regional Public Health Department and Healthy Babies / Healthy Children

One-on-one and group counseling

regarding healthy relationships and family violence in partnership with Design for a New Tomorrow

Pre-employment and employability skills

in partnership with Career Training

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