BREAKING THE CYCLE
The child-care program is a prime example of learning from the data. Obviously, the nurturing environment had terrific outcomes for the children themselves, but the respite program, especially, tends to have farther-reaching impact on families as a whole.
For a parent who doesn’t otherwise have access to childcare, it can be the difference in being able to secure housing, stay healthy or save a business – all critical in breaking a cycle of poverty.
“Children who are born into these families who are within poverty may not have access to basic needs things like clothing, food, shelter,” says Jaye Brown, director of Bissell Child Care Centre. “It’s about having that compassion and knowing that it was not by choice for that child to be in this situation.”
For Lefebvre, the day care was about building the tools for Alex’s future success, not needing to elevate the family out of poverty. Even so, that can have an impact that very much aligns with the Centre’s mission.
“His biological family is a long line of individuals that have been part of the foster system,” she says. “So I really hope for his kids that it’s breaking cycles, that he’s able to be a parent and find what he loves, whatever that ends up being.”